Register permanently as a Dutch voter abroad

Are you living outside of the Netherlands? And would you like to vote in elections and referendums from abroad? Register permanently once. You will automatically receive the documents by post which you will need to cast your vote in every Dutch parliamentary election, European Parliament election and advisory referendum. You will no longer have to register separately for each election.

You can easily register using the form.

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 no longer 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 can only vote in an election if you are aged 18 or older.

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).

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

Have you registered? Then you will automatically receive your postal voting pass and return envelopes by post for 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 candidate list has been determined, 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 pass 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.

Ballot for advisory referendum only by post

You will receive your ballot together with the postal voting pass by post and not email for the advisory referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Services Act (Wiv).

It is also possible to vote in person with a voting pass in the Netherlands or to give somebody permission to vote on your behalf.

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 yet in the permanent register. You still need to register 1 time for future elections.

Keep your address up-to-date

Are you moving to another address outside the Netherlands? Inform the municipality of this change by 17 January 2018. Read more about this on the page Change your address as a Dutch voter abroad.

Temporarily abroad

Are you abroad on 21 March 2018 during the advisory referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Services Act (Wiv)? For example, for your work, study or vacation? 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 still have 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: 12 February 2018