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Burgerservicenummer (BSN)

Citizen Service Number

Published: 
22 September 2016
Modified: 
22 September 2016

The Burgerservicenummer (BSN) is a unique personal number for everyone who is registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP, previously GBA). Your BSN appears in your Dutch passport, driving licence and identity card. The BSN replaces the social security and tax number (SoFi number) and consists of the same series of digits.

Government authorities use the BSN to communicate with citizens and improve (electronic) services. They also use the number to exchange personal information quickly and easily with other (government) agencies, when legally permitted; for example, between the municipality and the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst). 

The BSN is required for starting a job in the Netherlands, opening a bank account, using the health care system, applying for benefits, buying a car and announcing a change of address, to name a few examples. The BSN also helps to protect against identity theft.

Where do I find my BSN?

  • The BSN appears on the back of your driving licence, at the top left. For older, paper driving licences, it appears on the front. 
  • For passports issued as of 2014 the BSN is on the back of the hard page (the holder page). On older passports it appears on the front of this page. 
  • For Dutch identity cards issued as of 2014 the BSN appears on the back, at the top right ('persoonsnummer'). On older identity cards it appears on the front, next to the photo.

The BSN will not appear in your travel documents if you are not registered in the BRP at the time you apply for these documents.

How do I get a BSN?

A newborn child receives a BSN from the municipality in which the family lives.

If you are moving from abroad and you will be staying in the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you will need to register with the municipality (BRP) at the Immigration Office in The Hague.

Questions?

You can direct any questions you may have about the Burgerservicenummer to the national BSN centre at tel. 1400 or through the website www.burgerservicenummer.nl.

Also see

Registration procedures for non-residents of the Netherlands

Published: 
22 September 2016
Modified: 
22 September 2016