If you move to the Netherlands from abroad for 4 months or longer, you must register with the Personal Records Database (BRP). This rule applies to everyone.
In the registration appointment you will receive a citizen service number (BSN). This is needed to access government services and open a Dutch bank account. Learn more about BSN and BRP.
You can book a registration appointment directly with your local municipality, or with Leiden International Centre.
LIC facilitates registrations for internationals in the municipalities of Leiden, Leiderdorp, Voorschoten and Zoeterwoude.
Note: From 1st January 2023 Leiden International Centre cannot register expats in Oegstgeest. If you plan to use a living address or employer's address in Oegstgeest for your BSN registration, please contact themunicipality of Oegstgeest directly.
Leiden International Centre charges fees for services provided, but there are also benefits to booking an appointment with us:
Appointments are usually available within the next 3 weeks
Welcome bag with information to help you make a smooth start in the region
30 minutes with our helpdesk expert, who can answer any questions and make sure you have organised everything you need
During a registration appointment at Leiden International Centre, you will be registered with the municipality and will immediately receive a BSN.
Things to Note
We cannot assist with biometric appointments or residence permit collection. The closest IND location with these services is in the Hague.
You can only register when you actually relocate, not on a preview trip.
If you already have a BSN, please make an appointment with your local municipality; we cannot do resettlement registrations (hervestiging).
For an address change, please contact your local municipality.
When the Netherlands is no longer your primary country of residence, you must inform your municipality. Check "Leaving the Netherlands" for details.
Staying 4 months or less
If you are visiting the Netherlands from abroad to work or study, and you will be staying less than 4 months, you are not required to register. However, in the case that you have to deal with any Dutch government agencies such as the Tax Administration Authority (Belastingdienst), a BSN will still be required. This can be obtained by registering as a non-citizen in the Personal Records Database (Register Niet-Ingezetenen - RNI).