Registering as a non-resident in the Netherlands
Are you not living in the Netherlands but do you have a relationship with the Dutch Government? Then you are a non-resident. For example, a cross-border worker, seasonal worker, foreign student or somebody who is living abroad and receiving a pension from the Netherlands.
Are you a non-resident or are you staying in the Netherlands for less than 4 months? In that case, you should register in the Non-residents Records Database (RNI) at the municipality of Leiden. You will then be issued a citizen service number (BSN). You need a BSN to work or study in the Netherlands.
- You are working or studying in the Netherlands for 4 months or less.
- Are you staying in the Netherlands for longer than 4 months? Then register in the municipality in which you are living/planning to live.
- Children younger than 16 can only register in the RNI together with a parent, guardian or carer. Take an original birth certificate or an extract (English or multilingual) with you.
Call +31 - 71 5 16 51 65 for an appointment to register in the RNI.
Take the following documents with you
- a passport or identity card
- the completed RNI address data form (pdf, 311 kb).
How long does it take?
It will be ready straight away. You will be registered and immediately issued a citizen service number.