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BSN number for a passport application


I am a dual Australian-Dutch citizen (dutch by descent), living in Australia. I‘m trying to apply for a Dutch passport for which i need a BSN number. However i‘ve never lived in the Netherlands and so don‘t have a BSN number. What do i need to do to get one?


A BSN will only be granted when you register with a municipality in the Netherlands, which means that you must be living in the Netherlands. Otherwise it is not possible to get a BSN. Instead it may be possible to request the Dutch tax authorities to issue a sofinumber to you, but in my opinion this is not necessary to apply for a Dutch passport. I have checked the application form, which just mention a BSN, but if you don‘t have one you can leave it blank. The Dutch embassy/consulate in Australia should be able to help you with the application.

According to the Passport Law you are entitled to a Dutch passport since you have the Dutch nationality, the fact that you don‘t have a BSN should not affect this entitlement. But contact the Dutch embassy/consulate to be sure. 

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