If you need to correspond with the Dutch government, you will need a social insurance and tax number (BSN).
If you are coming to the Netherlands to work or to study or you need to correspond with the Dutch government for other reasons, you will need a citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN). This number is your own personal number to be used in alle correspondence with the Dutch government. You will receive a BSN when you register your name in the municipal personal records database (BRP). For the registration as a non-resident an appointment is required.
If you are staying in the Netherlands for less than 4 months in any six-month period, you can register with one of the municipalities in the Netherlands (including Eindhoven) as a non-resident under a special registration provision for the registration of non-residents (RNI).
For more information, see
• www.government.nl (in English, German, Polish, Bulgarian and Romanian)
• Residence permits and the registration of foreign workers
• www.newinthenetherlands.nl: brochures in different languages with a brief description of all the necessary actions you must take after your arrival;
• Flyer Registration residence address in the Netherlands
Staying for longer than 4 months?
If you are planning to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 4 months, you will need to register as a resident in the municipality in which you live. See also 'Moving to the Netherlands from abroad'.
BSN for adults:
• Valid proof of identity (passport or identity card)
• It will help to speed up the processing of your application if you write your address in your country of origin and the address where you are staying or intend to stay in the Netherlands on the form entitles 'Address in country of origin and in the Netherlands' before you take this form to the Municipality.
BSN for children (until the age of 16):
If you want to apply for a citizen service number for your children, your child has to go to the desk at the Residents' Plaza in person. The municipality needs the following requirements of the child:
• Child's birth certificate (on which you are shown as one of the parents);
• Passport of the parents (or in any event of the parent present);
• Child's passport.
As part of a pilot scheme, the Municipality of Eindhoven will also record the first address at which you reside in the Netherlands. For more information, see one of the flyers below (in different languages):
You can go to the desk at the Residents' Plaza (Inwonersplein, Stadskantoor) in person to register as a non-resident. Please make an appointment in advance (call telephone number 14 040 or +31 40 238 6000). This is required.
It will help to speed up the processing of your application if you write your address in your country of origin and the address at which you are staying or intend to stay in the Netherlands on the form entitled 'Address in country of origin and in the Netherlands' before you take this form to the Municipality.
Registration of groups of non-residents by employers
More than 4 people:
If you are an employer wishing to register a group of non-residents together, the municipality has a special contact person with whom you can arrange appointments. Call 14 040 and ask to be put in touch with the contact person or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Less than 4 people:
Please make an appointment: call 14 040 or +31 40 238 6000.
The BSN was formerly known as Social Fiscal (SOFI) number. If you had a SOFI number, you do not need to do anything. Your SOFI number will be automatically converted into a BSN number.
Registration as a non-resident is free of charge. If you need a copy of the Municipal Personal Records Database because you don't know your BSN anymore, charges will apply (€ 18).
Available appointment times are as follows:
- Monday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.
You will receive your citizen service number (BSN) as soon as you have registered at the desk.