Citizen service number (BSN)
What is a BSN?
A citizen service number or Burgerservicenummer (BSN) is your starting point when it comes to living and working in the Netherlands. Government authorities use the BSN to communicate with citizens and improve (electronic) services. They also use the number to exchange personal information quickly and easily with other (government) agencies. For example, between the municipality and the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst). But this happens only if it is permitted by law. The BSN also helps to protect against identity theft. With a BSN, you can start a job, open a bank account, deduct your taxes and social security contributions, use the healthcare system, apply for benefits, announce a change of address and more.
How to get your BSN
Everyone who lives in the Netherlands needs to register with their municipality within 5 days after arrival, if they are planning to stay for more than 4 months. If your stay in the Netherlands is sponsored by an international organisation, NGO, company, university or a school, The Hague International Centre can help you with your municipal registration. You need to make an appointment with The Hague International Centre for this. After registration in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP), you will receive a BSN. During your appointment with The Hague International Centre, you will immediately get your BSN.
If you are planning to stay for less than 4 months you will receive your BSN after you register in the Register Non-Residents (RNI).