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Which documents are required to obtain a citizen service number (BSN)?


I‘m Portuguese and I have now a contract with a Dutch university beginning on the 1st of April. I know I need to request a citizen service number in the town hall, but I‘m not sure of the documents that I need to take with me. Could you help me with that? Thank you.


To obtain a BSN you must indeed be registered in the municipality registration (GBA). When you register you will automatically get a BSN, it may be sent to you by post at a later moment.

To register you will have to show up in person and bring the following documents with you:

  • a valid identity paper
  • a contract which shows that you have rented or bought a property where you will live or written permission of the person who allows you to live in his/her property together with a copy of the identity paper of this person
  • certificate of birth
  • if applicable, a valid residence permit or proof that you have applied for a residence permit
  • if applicable, your foreign marriage certificate, partnership certificate, divorce certificate or death certificate of your partner

If you also want to register your partner and/or children, they will have to come to the town hall too and provide their personal identity paper. 
It may be required that certain documents are legalized/appostilled. 

You can check the website of the municipality first if they require more documents from you. 
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Comments (1)
Comment by Ugne on Tue, Jul 15th, 2014 at 1:31 PM
I am of lithuanian stock and I would like to know what kind of translation of certificate of birth is needed.Whether it is supposed to be with apostille or it is not a must?
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