Citizen Service Number (BSN number)

The BSN number is absolutely vital for all residents of the Netherlands. It is a unique personal number allocated to everyone registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database, which makes it easier for public authorities and services to exchange information on residents of the Netherlands.

Without a BSN number you will not be able, for example, to open a bank account or take out health insurance; to buy a house, a car or even a mobile telephone.

What do I need to do…

…to obtain my BSN number?

There are two ways: 

  1. Schedule an appointment at Rotterdam Expat Centre (Easy peasy! You just need to fill in a form online)

  2. Schedule an appointment at Rotterdam Town Hall (see the steps you need to follow below)

Step 1: Register at the Rotterdam Town Hall 

Call +31 (0)10-2671625 in order to book an appointment related with the ‘Registration from abroad’ at the Town Hall. The registration is free of charge.

Step 2: Prepare the documents needed

Valid passport or valid identity cardEU citizens can present either the passport or the ID card. The driving license is not accepted as a proof of identity. Non-EU citizens will have to present the passport. In this case, an ID card or driving license is not accepted as a proof of identity.

One completely filled-in application form – must be filled in in advance

Original birth certificate (translated in English, French, German or Dutch and legalised or with apostille) and Marriage certificate (translated in English, French, German or Dutch and legalised or with apostille) – if applicable

Proof of residence/a tenancy agreement/signed statement by main occupant

  • If you will be renting a house: a copy of the rental contract and tenancy agreement, filled in and signed by the landlord.
  • If you will be sharing a house with someone: a declaration by main occupant, completed and signed by the person giving you permission to register at his/her address, accompanied by a photocopy of his/her passport or ID and a copy of the tenancy agreement (verhuurdersverklaring). If the person giving consent for you to live in their house does not live at the same address, then you will also need to prove that they own the residence.
  • If you bought a house: a copy of the purchase agreement for the property.

Step 3: Attend the appointment at the Town Hall

Useful websites: Rotterdam Expat Centre (https://rotterdamexpatcentre.nl/) and Municipality of Rotterdam  (https://www.rotterdam.nl/english/)

 

 Tip: once you get your BSN number you can apply (https://www.digid.nl/index.php?id=1&L=1) for a DigiD. The DigiD consists of a username and a password of your choice that allow you to get access to hundreds of Dutch government websites. Nowadays, an increasing number of official government procedures are taken online. DigiD is the way of proving your identity online.