Register permanently 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 easily register by using the form.

How does it work?

Register permanently

  • Complete this form.
  • Print it.
  • Sign it.
  • Scan it.
  • send it together with a copy of your valid identity document:

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

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

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 aged 18 or older

    Already registered as a Dutch voter abroad?

    Did you register as a Dutch voter abroad after 1 April 2017? Then there is nothing more you need to do. You will automatically receive the documents you need to be able to vote by post.

    Did you register before 1 April 2017, for example for the Dutch parliamentary elections in 2017? Then you still need to register again.

    Voting as a Dutch voter abroad

    As a Dutch voter abroad you will vote by postal voting slip. The postal voting slip will be sent to you 12 weeks before an election, together 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 choice you made on the registration form. Only once you have received the ballot can you send back your vote.

    You will get more extensive instructions for sending back your vote.

    Voting with a voter card or by proxy

    You can also choose to authorise somebody to vote on your behalf. 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 using a voter card.

    It is not possible to make it a standard choice for every election to vote with a voter card or by proxy. You have to make this choice each time for each election. This can be done up to 6 weeks before 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? Inform the Municipality of The Hague.


    Do you have any questions? Contact the Elections Unit of the Municipality of The Hague.

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

    Published: 12 November 2019Modified: 31 January 2020