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BSN & DigiD - Do they remain valid after I leave the Netherlands?

Question:

I have left the Netherlands (permanently) in 2014. However, I see that my BSN and DigiD are still available (I can login for instance to certain sites using DigiD). Is that a problem?

Answer:

Your BSN and DigiD are personal. They remain valid if you leave the Netherlands. If you come back in the future you can use the DigiD again. However, if the DigiD has not been used at all for 3 years, it will be cancelled. You can keep using the DigiD to get certain personal information you need from the Dutch government, like info about our old age pension and tax obligations. 

The validity of the BSN is indefinite. It will (in principle) remain yours for the rest of your life. Although we have been seen in individual cases that a BSN was granted to someone else (or even that 2 BSN‘s were given to the same person). But in principle the number will stay yours. If old age pension is paid out to you in the future the payment will be linked to your BSN. Als the 2014 tax refund will be linked to your BSN. That is why it is not deactivated or cancelled when you migrate from the Netherlands. 

 
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Comments (2)
Comment by maeva on Fri, Mar 25th, 2016 at 9:23 PM
hi. I left netherlands 2 years ago and I deregistered. I will move back to netherlands. should I register again or can I use my previous bsn number? thanks in advance
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Tue, Apr 5th, 2016 at 5:53 PM
You will have to register when you start living in the Netherlands again. You will have to do this at the local town hall. They will check whether you already have a valid BSN.
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