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Register at the municipality

Are you coming from abroad to live in the Netherlands for the first time and will you be staying here for more than 4 months? Then you are required to register at the municipality of the city where you are going to live.

By law you are required to make an appointment for your registration within 5 days after your arrival. You will be registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) and also receive a citizen service number/Burgerservicenummer (BSN).

To make an appointment you first have to fill out the ‘first registration form’ on our website. In this form you have to upload a copy of your passport and (if in your possession) your birth certificate and other relevant documents such as a marriage certificate, however these are not required for your first registration.

After completing the form we will send you a link so you can make your appointment at the municipality. Please note that the appointment you make using this link is for one person only. If you need to make an appointment for more that one person, please call our contact centre (+31 71 516 6005).

For expats, scientific researchers, entrepreneurs, highly skilled migrants, intra corporate transferees, recent graduates, and EU citizens who fall under these categories along with their families, a different procedure applies: you can make an appointment to register at the Expat Centre Leiden by filling out the appointment form. In case you don’t have access to an internet connection, you can also call +31 71 516 6005 to make the appointment.

For students living in Leiden, please use this link to the website of the university for more information about registration and how to make an appointment; http://www.leiden.edu/predeparture/town-hall-registration.html

Registration forms

  • If you are a citizen from one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Portugal, Sweden. Please use this form: firstregistration-eidas
  • If you are from another country, please use this form: firstregistration.

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Expat Centre Leiden

The Leiden area is a booming knowledge region. It is  home to the Leiden University, the Leiden Bio Science Park, the aerospace cluster and the floral industry. Apart from offering challenging jobs, the Leiden region is an excellent location for living and recreation.

Warm welcome

The Expat Centre Leiden (ECL) offers government services, information and provides a network for internationals living or working in the Leiden region. Internationals can be registered by making an appointment, receive a Citizen Service Number (Burgerservicenummer - BSN) and receive information about living in the Netherlands.

The Expat Centre Leiden facilitates registrations for people living or working in Leiden, Katwijk, Leiderdorp, Oegstgeest and Zoeterwoude.

Our clients are companies, highly skilled migrants, intra corporate transferees, scientific researchers, entrepreneurs, recent graduates, and EU citizens who fall under these categories along with their families. Services are offered in all stages of expat life: coming to, settling in, living, and leaving.

Please find current opening hours here.


Please visit our website, email your questions to info@expatcentreleiden.nl, call us at +31 (0)71 516 6005 or visit the Expat Centre Leiden at Stationsweg 26, Leiden. The Expat Centre Leiden is located in the Tourist Information.

Moving to Leiden from the Netherlands

You are moving to Leiden from the Netherlands or changing your address within Leiden? By law you need to inform the municipality about the new address within five days  after you move. Earlier is also possible.

Go to the form 'change of address'

You also use this form when you are leaving the Netherlands for a period of 8 months or longer. If you need proof of your deregistration, please come to our desk in person.

Citizenship Information Desk

The Citizenship Desk provides information regarding travel documentation, driving licenses and registration as a citizen of Leiden, etc. It is also possible to make an appointment to apply for any of these documents.

  • Contact: www.leiden.nl/contact
  • Telephone: 071-5165165 (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm)
  • Address: Stadhuisplein 1, 2311 EJ Leiden.
  • Opening hours desk: Monday to Friday 8.30 AM - 5 PM, on Thursday also 5 - 8 PM (appointment only), on Saturday also 9 - 12 AM (appointment only)
Living Environment Information Desk

The Living Environment Information Desk can be contacted to make an appointment for the collection of bulky household waste or for information on your living environment and its management. For example, for issues regarding the maintenance of green spaces, signposting, paving and the cleaning of public areas.

Construction and Housing Information Desk

Provides information to citizens regarding environmental planning (zoning plan), building regulations and permits, building archives, housing subsidies, etc.

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Parking Information Desk

Provides answers to questions regarding the parking of vehicles. For example, parking permits, available parking places and the various parking rates.

Companies Information Desk

The Companies Information Desk is the first point of contact for entrepreneurs that are already established in Leiden or for starting entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs that would like to establish an outlet or subsidiary in Leiden. Entrepreneurs can contact the Companies Information Desk for free information on a wide range of issues.

In most cases the Companies Information Desk will be able to answer your question immediately. In some cases an expert will be required to answer your question. The question will, in these cases, be referred to the account managers of the Economic Affairs Branch.

Contact information

  • Contact: www.leiden.nl/contact
  • Telephone: +3171-5165165
  • Visitors: Stadhuisplein 1, 2311 EJ Leiden
  • Postal address: Postbus 9100, 2300 PC Leiden