Municipality Registration

If you live in The Hague for more than 4 months, registration at the local municipality (Gemeente) is required. Once you are registered you will be provided with a BSN number (citizen service number), which is needed to open a bank account and request Dutch health insurance if you want to work in the Netherlands.

In order to register you need to make an appointment at the local municipality online (specifying your address, as that is where you will be registered).

After the appointment you’ll receive your BSN number in approximately 2 weeks by mail.

It is important to note that the documents you’ll need change depending on whether you come from an EU or non-EU country.


If you’re a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland:

You will need

  • a valid ID/passport
  • proof of occupancy (e.g. rent contract)

If you’re a citizen of a non-EU country:

You will need


  • a valid ID/passport
  • proof of occupancy (e.g. rent contract)
  • proof of legitimate residence (e.g residence permit)