If you plan to stay in The Netherlands for more than four months, you are mandated to register with the GBA. GBA stands for the Gemeentelijke Basisadministratie persoonsgegevens, or the Personal Records Database of the municipality.There are different rules applicable when it comes to registration depending on who you are and your country of origin. It is legally required that all new residents register within five days of arrival if they intend to live in The Netherlands for a period longer than four months.

Registration with the GBA is the first and crucial step which is necessary for other processes necessary if you intend to live in The Netherlands. Proof of registration with GBA is necessary for other formalities, hence it is highly recomended you register with GBA in the city or town of residence as soon as possible. You will also need to change the registration when you move to another city or town.

Depending on your situation, the GBA registration procedure differs on individual cases. The procedure can fall under any of the below:

  • Registration procedures for EU/EEA citizens of member states of the EU, EEA or Switzerland.
  • Registration procedures for Non-EU Citizens of states NOT belonging to the EU, EEA or Switzerland.
  • Registration procedures for Privileged Persons (Geprivilegieerden) – members of the diplomatic corps and staff of the international organisations registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Registration procedures for Expats and Highly-Skilled Migrants – expats and highly-skilled migrants who will live in the Municipality of The Hague and work at a select group of companies or already have a Kennismigrantenregeling sticker from the IND in their passport.
  • Relocation within the Netherlands

For more information, you can contact the Expat Desk /Centers to understand your situation.

You also need to register for BSN. The Burgerservicenummer (BSN) is a unique personal number issued to everyone registered with the Gemeentelijke Basisadministratie persoonsgegevens (GBA), or the Personal Records Database of the municipality. The BSN was formerly known as the Social-Fiscal (SOFI) Number. This number is very crucial and is used by the Government to correspond to residents and citizens and also used to exchange information with other government agencies e.g between the municipality and the Inland Revenue Department (Belastingdienst). You must have a BSN before you can get employed. The BSN is also mandatory for opening a bank account, using the health care system, applying for benefits, buying a car and announcing a change of address many other services.SOFI numbers have been converted into the Burgerservicenummer. You will receive your BSN within 2- 4 weeks after registration at the GBA.