Overview of registration procedures
- 17 October 2014
- 15 January 2015
Moving to The Hague requires registration in the BRP (formerly the GBA). Depending on who you are, specific procedures apply.
Dutch law stipulates that all new residents need to register within 5 days if they will reside in the Netherlands longer than 4 months. You must register in your city or town of residence (and change this registration if you move to another city or town). You may also initially register using your employer's address.
And don’t forget to deregister when you leave the Netherlands.
Three famous Dutch acronyms you will encounter when you enter the Dutch administration are IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service), BRP (Municipal Personal Records Database) and BSN (Burgerservicenummer).
For information on the procedures in The Hague specific to your personal situation, please click on one of the situations below.
Procedures for privileged personsMembers of this group include the people who are working on Dutch soil as a diplomatic or consular official, or who are employed at an international organisation.
Procedures for Highly-Skilled MigrantsAre you coming to the Netherlands to work as a highly-skilled migrant (kennismigrant)?
Procedures for EU/EEA citizensIf you are a citizen of the European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland and if you are living in The Hague, you need to register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP, formerly the GBA) of The Hague.
Procedures Non-EU CitizensNon-EU citizens need to apply for a residence permit for a legal stay in the Netherlands if they are planning to stay longer than 4 months.
Relocating within the NetherlandsIf you are moving from The Hague to another municipality within the Netherlands, please report this within 5 days to your new municipality. They will forward the information to The Hague.
Leaving the Netherlands (Deregistration)Just as it’s compulsory to register upon arrival, it’s also necessary to deregister when moving out of the Netherlands.
Unlisted addressIf you would prefer that companies and private individuals are not able to access your personal details in The Hague's GBA, then you may submit a request to keep your data confidential.
Registration procedures for non-residents of the NetherlandsIf you are coming to the Netherlands to work or to study for less than 4 months, you will need a Citizen Service Number (BSN). You get this unique personal number when you register as a non-resident with a Dutch municipality in the Register Niet Ingezetenen (RNI).