Registration procedures for non-residents of the Netherlands

If you are coming to the Netherlands to work or to study for less than 4 months, you will need a citizen service number (BSN). You get this unique personal number when you register as a non-resident with a Dutch municipality in the Register Niet Ingezetenen (RNI).

The Municipality of The Hague is 1 of the selected Dutch municipalities where you can register in the RNI. All of these municipalities are listed on the website of the Dutch government.

Do you have the special residency status of a privileged person? Then it does not make a difference whether you live in the Netherlands for shorter or longer than 4 months. In both cases you may make an appointment to get a BSN.

This information is also available in:

English: Registration when staying in the Netherlands for a short period (PDF, 213,4 kB)
Nederlands/Dutch: Inschrijven bij kortdurend verblijf in Nederland (PDF, 412,8 kB)
Deutsch/German: Anmeldung bei kurzfristigem Aufenthalt in den Niederlanden (PDF, 400,3 kB)
Polski/Polish: Rejestracja krótkiego pobytu w Holandii (PDF, 468,9 kB)
Română/Romanian: Înscriere pentru şedere scurtă în Ţările de Jos (PDF, 522,5 kB)
Български/Bulgarian: Регистриране при кратък престой в Нидерландия (PDF, 796,2 kB)

What you need at the appointment

  • A valid form of identification (passport or identity card). Without a valid form of identification, it will not be possible for you to register with the municipality.
  • Do you have children aged 16 years or younger? They will also have to come with you to the appointment in order to be registered.
  • Bring a birth certificate for these children. Documents from certain countries must be legalised or have an apostille. You can find more information on the website of Some foreign documents must be translated into Dutch by a certified translator. Check which rules apply under Translating foreign documents.

During the appointment you will be registered immediately in the Register Niet Ingezetenen (RNI) and you will get your citizen service number (BSN) right away.


This service is provided free of charge.

Make an appointment

You can only register in the RNI by making an appointment at the Centrum district office.


You can make an appointment using the online form below.

    Make an appointment

    By telephone

    You can also call the Municipality of The Hague on tel. 14 070 (telephone number from abroad: +31 70 353 30 00) to make an appointment.

    Make sure that you are on time for your appointment. If you arrive too late, there may be no time left to help you.
    Everybody who would like a BSN is required to come to the appointment.

    The times you can make an appointment are:

    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.00 to 17.00 hrs.
    • for groups of more than 7 people (via employers and job agencies) only on Thursday evening from 17.00 to 20.00 hrs. For this service please send an email to

    If you are unable to get an appointment quickly enough, you can also visit 1 of the other participating municipalities (listed on


    You will need a BSN to arrange all your affairs with Dutch government agencies. The BSN is required for starting a job in the Netherlands, enrolling in an educational programme, opening a bank account, using the health care system, applying for benefits and paying taxes, to name a few examples. The nationality is not important for registration in the Register Niet Ingezetenen (RNI). Citizens of any country can register in the RNI. There are 2 ways to register in the Netherlands, depending on your situation.

    1. Are you staying in the Netherlands less than 4 months?
      Then you will need a citizen service number (BSN) as of 6 January 2014. To register and acquire a BSN you can contact the Municipality of The Hague or 1 of the other selected RNI municipalities.
    2. Are you staying in the Netherlands longer than 4 months?
      Then you need to register with the municipality where you live or are going to live. If that’s The Hague, go to Settling in The Hague from abroad. You will also receive a when you register.

    Are your details incorrect in the RNI?

    Would you like to change your address abroad or do you get an error message when applying for a DigiD? Then you can submit a correction request.

    • Use the Request correction/supplementation of details in the Register Niet Ingezetenen (BRP) form.
    Request correction/supplementation of details in the Register Niet Ingezetenen (BRP) (in Dutch) (PDF, 38,2 kB)

    Send the completed form by email to:

    RNI extract

    If you would like to request an RNI extract, go to Extract non-resident of the Netherlands (RNI).

    More information

    In Dutch this procedure is also called Registratie niet-ingezetenen (RNI). More information can be found at Employment permits for foreign nationals on