Register as a Dutch voter abroad

Are you living outside of the Netherlands? And would you like to vote in elections from abroad? Register as a voter once. You will automatically receive the documents you need to vote in every Dutch parliamentary election and European Parliament election by post. You can register simply by using the form.

The deadline to register as a Dutch voter abroad is 3 February 2021 in order to be able to vote in the Dutch parliamentary elections on 17 March 2021.

How does it work?

Register (form is in Dutch)

  • Complete this form
  • Print it
  • Sign it
  • Scan it or take a photo of it
  • Send it together with a copy of your valid identity document:

Gemeente Den Haag
Verkiezingen KBN
Postbus 84 008
2508 AA Den Haag
Netherlands

  • You will receive a confirmation by email once the municipality has received your registration request.
  • You will receive a confirmation that you were added to the permanent register once the municipality has processed your request.

Are you uncertain whether you are registered as a Dutch voter abroad?

Did you vote as a Dutch voter abroad in the referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Services Act (Wiv) or the European Parliament elections in May 2019? Then you are registered as a Dutch voter abroad. You will automatically receive information and the documents you need to be able to vote in the Dutch parliamentary elections on 17 March 2021. You do not need to do anything yourself.

Did you last register before 1 April 2017? For example, for the Dutch parliamentary elections in 2017? Then you need to register again. Do you no longer know when you registered? Contact the municipality. It can check whether you are registered as a voter.

Conditions for registration

You can vote in the elections for the members of the Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives) and the members of the European Parliament if you:

  • live outside of the Netherlands and are no longer registered in a Dutch municipality
  • have Dutch nationality
  • are 18 years or older

Voting as a Dutch voter abroad

The standard way of voting for Dutch voters abroad is to vote by post. Do you live in a country where the mail service is slower? Or where the service is unreliable, for example because of the corona epidemic? In this case voting by proxy could be a good option. Voting with a voter card can be handy if you live in the border region or if you are in the Netherlands on election day.

Decide which way of voting would work out best for you.  

  • The postal voting slip (the voting pass for Dutch voters abroad) will be sent to you by post 12 weeks prior to an election, with a return envelope and ballot envelope. Keep these in a safe place and do not send them back yet.

    Approximately 4 weeks before the election the ballot will be sent to you (this will not be ready earlier). You will receive the ballot by email or post, depending on the box you ticked on the registration form. Only once you have received your ballot can you send back your vote.

    The ballot will be accompanied by extensive instructions for sending back your vote.

  • You can also choose to authorise somebody to vote on your behalf through a proxy. This can be handy if you live in a country where the mail service is unreliable. It is also possible to cast your vote yourself at a Dutch polling station (including Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) on the election day itself. You do this with a voter card.

    It is not possible to make it a standard choice to vote with a voter card or by proxy for every election. You have to request this each time for each election. This can be done up to 6 weeks prior to an election using a form which will be published on this website.

Keep your address up to date

Have you moved or are you going to move? Report your change of address.

Contact

Do you have any questions? Contact the Elections Unit of the municipality.

Watch the video Permanente registratie kiezers buiten Nederland (YouTube channel of the municipality)
Also see Dutch voters abroad

Published: 16 October 2020Modified: 20 October 2020