BSN & BRP

What are they?

Personal Records Database (BRP)

The Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen - BRP) is a government database which contains personal data of every resident in the Netherlands. Residents are required to notify the BRP of changes of address, births, marriages, deaths and other events that may affect their legal status or the government services which they are entitled to. The BRP is maintained by the Civil Registration Office. 

You can check your BRP record online with your Digital Identification (DigiD) at MijnOverheid or you can make an appointment with your municipality to view your data. If you find that your data in the BRP is wrong or incomplete, you should ask your municipality for it to be changed. The municipality will make changes in your BRP record based on official documents that are provided by specified authorities and, in some cases, these need to be apostilled. 

Citizen Service Number (BSN)

If you are coming to the Netherlands to work or to study, you will need a Citizen Service Number (Burgerservicenummer -BSN). The BSN is a unique personal number which you will receive when you register with the municipality. It makes contact between different government organisations and between individuals and government easy. You need a BSN to start a job, open a Dutch bank account, apply for Dutch health insurance, register your child at a school or apply for government benefits for housing, healthcare or childcare. You will receive a BSN only once and it will always stay yours, even when you move abroad. Make sure to keep your BSN confidential, to prevent others from having access to your personal data and using it for fraud or identity theft.

If you move to the Netherlands from abroad for 4 months or longer, you must register with the Personal Records Database (BRP) within five days of arrival. This rule applies to both European and non-European citizens. You will receive a Citizen Service Number (Burgerservicenummer - BSN) at the appointment. You can book an appointment with your local municipality or with Expat Centre Leiden.

Make an appointment

For the last couple of months, people in the Netherlands have received phishing calls, in which cyber-criminals try to get personal information, like your BSN number. The callers often pretend to be from the National Police, Court of Justice, or other government organizations. The Expat Centre Leiden, or any other organization, will never ask for your personal details via phone. Learn more about these phishing calls, and what to do in case you receive such a call in this article

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