Register permanently as a Dutch voter abroad

Are you living outside of the Netherlands? And would you like to vote in elections and referendums in the Netherlands? Register permanently once. You will automatically receive the documents you need to vote in every Dutch parliamentary election, European parliamentary election and referendum. You will then not need to register for each election anymore.

Referendum 21 March 2018

The first opportunity for you to vote as a Dutch voter abroad is on 21 March 2018. You can cast your vote on the advisory referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Services Act (Wiv).

  • If you want to vote on the referendum, your identity document needs to be valid on 5 February 2018.
  • Note: You were able to register up until 7 February 2018 if you wanted to vote in the referendum on the Intelligence and Security Services Act. If you have not yet registered, you will not be able to vote on this referendum.

Ballot for advisory referendum by post

For the advisory referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Services Act, you will receive your ballot together with the postal voting slip by post and not by email.

For the referendum on 21 March 2018, you may also vote in the Netherlands using a voter’s pass, or authorise someone to vote by proxy on your behalf. If you wish to vote by proxy, the Municipality of The Hague should have been informed accordingly by 7 February 2018. You may not choose this option anymore.

Register permanently

Use this form to register.

Register permanently as a Dutch voter abroad

  • Complete this form.
  • Sign it.

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

The following conditions apply if you would like to register as a Dutch voter abroad:

  • You live outside of the Netherlands and you are not registered in a Dutch municipality.
  • At the time of application, you have Dutch nationality.
  • You have not lost your right to vote.
  • At the time of application, you are aged 17 or older. You may only vote in an election if you are aged 18 or older.

Already registered as a Dutch voter abroad?

Did you register as a Dutch voter abroad after 1 April 2017? And did you also click on advisory referendums? Then you do not need to do anything. You will automatically receive the documents by post.

Voting as a Dutch voter abroad

Are you registered? Then you will automatically receive your postal voting slip and return envelopes by post before each election. You will receive the ballot by email. Would you like to receive your ballot by post? Indicate this on the registration form.

Once the list of candidates is finalised, you will receive the ballot by email. You can print out this ballot yourself and fill it in. Send the ballot together with the postal voting slip and a copy of your Dutch passport or identity card to the address of the postal polling station on the return envelope.

Your proof of Dutch nationality needs to be valid on 5 February 2018 to vote on the advisory referendum.

Registrations before 1 April 2017 are not permanent

The Elections Act was amended on 1 April 2017. From now on you will only have to register 1 time as a Dutch voter abroad. Did you register before 1 April (for example for the Dutch parliamentary elections in March 2017)? Then you are not included in the permanent register. You still need to register 1 more time for future elections.

Keep your address up-to-date

Are you moving to another address outside the Netherlands? Inform the Municipality of The Hague about this change.

A change of address can no longer be processed for the advisory referendum on 21 March 2018.

Temporarily abroad

Are you abroad on 21 March 2018 during the advisory referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Services Act (Wiv)? Are you working, studying or on holiday? And are you registered in a Dutch municipality or in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba? Vote by proxy or by letter.

More information

Watch the film on YouTube on permanent registration for Dutch voters abroad.

Permanente Registratie Kiezers Buiten Nederland on the YouTube channel of the municipality

Questions

Do you have any questions? Send an email to kbn.verkiezingen@denhaag.nl or call tel. +31 70 353 4400. You can phone Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00 hrs. (CET).

Published: 21 July 2017Modified: 22 February 2018