Registration for privileged people
Are you moving to The Hague region as a diplomat or consular officer, or do you work for an international organization such as the International Court of Justice, Europol or the European Patent Office? Then you have special residency status.
Representatives of other countries and staff of international organisations (including their families) enjoy a special "privileged" status in the Netherlands. Privileged persons (geprivilegieerden) are not obliged to register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) in the Netherlands. You will be registered by your employer in the Probas administration (protocol base administration) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You will receive a Privileged or MFA card from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This card serves as proof of your privileged status in the Netherlands.
Citizen service number (BSN)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also provide you with a citizen service number (BSN). This BSN is not registered or activated in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) for privacy and security reasons. Most government agencies, however, use the BRP database for personal data. This means that your BSN and personal details will not be recognized by many government agencies. You may not be able to apply for certain public services, use digital application procedures or apply for benefits.
While you are not obliged to register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP), we strongly encourage you to do so. Registration in the Municipal Personal Records Database does not effect your fiscal or legal privileges. Once you are registered, you can apply for DigiD (digital identification in the Netherlands), register yourself or your children in educational programmes (DUO), enroll your children in the government vaccination programme (RIVM), take out Dutch health care insurance and apply for benefits. In general, public services are deliverd faster. Having your citizen service number (BSN) activated will make it considerably easier for you to communicate with them.
How to get your citizen service number (BSN) activated
Please make an appointment with The Hague International Centre, so we can register you in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP). During your appointment you will be registered in the BRP. You will keep your existing citizen service number. This number will now be activated in the municipal database.
Required documents for the registration appointment (for each individual):
- Valid identification (passport or EU identity card).
- Proof of occupancy: rental/tenancy agreement, home purchase deed or a signed statement by the main occupant of the house. Please use the following statement. Please bring a copy of the ID of the main occupant of the house and a copy of the signed rental/tenancy agreement or purchase deed of the house.
- Legalised birth, marriage and/ or divorce certificate (if available). Read more about legalisation and apostille at the website of the Dutch government.
- Privileged or MFA card.
You will need to attend the appointment in person. Do your family members also need to register with the municipality? Then they need to accompany you to the appointment, with all required documentation.
Permanent residence permit
If you are a privileged person and you want to apply for a permanent residence permit (after ten years of uninterrupted legal residence in the Netherlands), please visit the IND website.