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.

The deadline to register to vote in the European Parliament elections on 23 May 2019 has passed. You can still, however, register as a Dutch voter abroad. If you register now, you will not be able to vote as a Dutch voter abroad in the European Parliament elections on 23 May.

Register permanently as a Dutch voter abroad

  • Complete this form.
  • Sign it.
  • Print the form.

Gemeente Den Haag
Verkiezingen KBN
Postbus 84008
2508 AA Den Haag
Netherlands

  • 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 already register as a Dutch voter abroad? And did you tick the box for the European Parliament elections? Then there is nothing more you need to do. You will automatically receive the documents by post.

Registrations from before 1 April 2017 are not permanent

The law changed on 1 April 2017. As a result you still have to register 1 more time as a Dutch voter abroad. Did you register before 1 April? For example for the Dutch parliamentary elections in March 2017? You have not yet been added to the permanent register. You still need to register once more for future elections.

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 valid Dutch passport or identity card to the address of the postal polling station on the return envelope.

In order to be able to vote in the European Parliament elections, your Dutch identity document must still be valid on 9 April 2019.

European Parliament elections 23 May 2019

The next time you can vote as a Dutch voter abroad is on 23 May 2019. You can then cast your vote in the European Parliament elections.

  • To vote as a Dutch citizen in the European Parliament elections your identity document must still be valid on 9 April 2019.
  • If you register after 11 April, you may no longer vote in the European Parliament 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.

    Temporarily abroad

    Are you abroad on 23 May 2019 during the European Parliament elections? For example for your work, studies or vacation? And are you registered in a Dutch municipality or in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba? Vote by authorising somebody as your proxy or by postal voting slip.

    Questions?

    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: 21 July 2017Modified: 15 November 2019