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Alternative address

20 June 2017
20 June 2017

An alternative address is the address in the Netherlands of a family member, friend or acquaintance. You can only have an alternative address if you do not have a home address.

Everyone residing in the Netherlands has to be registered as a tenant/resident at the address where he/she spends (most of) their nights. The municipality will register you at the address where you reside. If you do not have a home address, you can specify an alternative address (briefadres). An alternative address is the address of a family member, friend or acquaintance who has agreed to collect your mail.

This person must make sure that you actually receive your mail. During the application for an alternative address, the municipality will check whether you really do not have a home address.

Needed for the application

To apply for an alternative address you will need to bring the following documents:

  • the application form for an alternative address (Aanvraagformulier briefadres), which you have completed and signed 
  • the authorisation form (Toestemmingsverklaring briefadres), which is completed and signed by the person allowing you to use his address. The main occupant hereby declares that you can be contacted via him. 
  • a valid form of identification for you
  • a copy of a valid form of identification for the main occupant


  • You can only be registered at 1 address in the Netherlands, either a residential address or an alternative address. 
  • The address you specify must be a residential address. The address may not belong to a company or be a post office box number.
  • An alternative address is valid for a maximum of 6 months.


It is not possible to apply for an alternative address online. You will need to visit a Department of Public Service counter at the city district offices. Make an appointment in advance.

Make an appointment

The staff member at the counter will check whether the forms have been completed correctly and will send your application to a colleague who will decide whether you are eligible for an alternative address.

Information for main occupant

  • Are you in doubt as a main occupant as to whether you should give your permission to use your address as an alternative address? For example, because you do not know what the consequences are for your welfare benefits, rent benefit or taxes? Then you should seek advice from the relevant authorities before you grant permission.
  • In The Hague you may allow a maximum of 2 people to use your address an an alternative address unless it concerns a family. A family counts as 1 person.
  • You can always withdraw your permission again. This can be done in person at the municipal counter or online. Go to Address investigation.

Not registered in the Municipality of The Hague?

  • Are you going to be moving within or to The Hague? Then you should read Report your move.

Cancelling the alternative address

Once you have a residential address, you will need to cancel your alternative address. Report your new residential address in the Netherlands or your move abroad to the municipality.



How long does it take?

  • 3 working days when moving within The Hague
  • 5 days when moving to The Hague from another municipality
  • 4 weeks if an investigation is required, for example a house visit
20 June 2017
20 June 2017