Report your move abroad (deregistration)

Will you be leaving the Netherlands? You may not report this move any earlier than 5 days before your date of departure. The municipality will then update your details accordingly.

    Conditions

    • If during the course of 1 year, you will be residing abroad for more than 8 months, you are required to report this to the municipality. This does not need to be a continuous period.
    • The move needs to be reported on the day of departure or a maximum of 5 days prior to the move. You will then be deregistered from your address in The Hague.
    • In your report, you are required to state your new residential address abroad. If you do not yet have a fixed address abroad, you are required to indicate your first known address (e.g. the address of a hotel, family member or friend).
    • The report will be processed the same day you report your move.
    • Other public authorities and agencies which make use of the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) will automatically be informed of your move abroad.
    • The municipality will not send you a confirmation of your move. However, you will receive proof of deregistration free of charge if you are moving to the Caribbean Netherlands (the countries Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the special municipalities Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius). You will need this document to register there.

    What you need when reporting your move

    In writing

    A copy of a valid form of identification and a letter with your old and new address (if it is known), the date of departure and a signature.

    In person

    A valid form of identification and the new address if it is known.

      Who can report a move

      The following people may report a move (unless not all the residents of one address are moving abroad, because then everyone leaving the Netherlands must appear in person at the Public Service counter):

      • Anyone aged 16 or up, on behalf of themselves.
      • Cohabiting spouses/registered partners, on behalf of each other (provided that spouses and partners move from the old to the new address together).
      • The parent, guardian or caretaker, on behalf of minors (under 18 years).
      • Parent(s), on behalf of their adult children (18 years and older) living at home (provided that the parents and the children living at home move from the old to the new address together).
      • Adult children, on behalf of their parent(s) living with them (provided that the adult child and parent(s) move from the old to the new address together).
      • A guardian, on behalf of a person who has been placed under their guardianship.
      Please note: It is not possible to authorise someone else to report your move abroad.

      How long does it take?

      • In writing: 3 working days
      • In person: while you wait

      Would you like to know whether you have been deregistered? You can look it up on Mijn Den Haag.nl. You will need your DigiD for this inquiry.
      You can also inquire at the counter of the city district offices whether you have been deregistered. You will need a valid proof of identity for this inquiry.

      Report your move abroad

      Please note: It is not possible to report your move in writing if not all the residents of one address are moving abroad. In this case everyone who is leaving the Netherlands (including underage children) must appear in person at the municipality's Department of Public Service counter to report the move.
      • You can also report your move in person at a counter of the Department of Public Service at 1 of The Hague’s city district offices.
      • Make an appointment online to report your move abroad.

      Make an appointment

      Clearance certificate for household effects

      When moving to or from a location abroad, customs can ask you to present an inward or outward clearance certificate for your household effects. For this certificate, you will need an extract from the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP). You can apply for this document at a counter of the Department of Public Service.

      Please note: Deregistration in connection with a move abroad may have consequences for your housing benefit, possible student grants, future benefits and taxes.

      • You must report your move abroad no sooner that 5 days before your date of departure.
      • You must state a residential address abroad. If you do not have a fixed residential address, you must indicate your first known address.

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