Report your change of address

Report your change of address


Registering with the municipality

If you are going to stay in the Netherlands for more than 4 months you need to report your change of address and register with the municipality where you are going to live. You must do this within 5 days of arriving in the Netherlands. Make an appointment at the municipality to do this. When you register, the municipality will arrange:

1) BSN number (for your dealings witht he government and to get healthcare
2) Registration in the BRP (Personal Records Database) in which all residents of The Netherlands are listed


How do I inform the municipality of a change of address?

If you move, you must inform the municipality of your change of address, either in person or in writing. Sometimes, if you’re moving within the same municipality, you can do so online. The new municipality will update your address in the Personal Records Database (BRP).



Who can inform the municipality?

The following people can inform the municipality of a change of address:

  • everyone over the age of 18 (for themselves) ;

  • children aged 16 or 17 (for themselves);

  • cohabiting spouses or registered partners (for themselves and each other);

  • the parent, guardian or caregiver of children aged under the age of 18;

  • the parents of children aged 18 years or older who still live at home;

  • people aged 18 years or older (for parents who live with them);

  • a guardian (for a person placed under guardianship);

  • an authorised representative.


Change of address deadline

You must inform the municipality of your change of address anywhere between 4 weeks prior to moving and 5 days after moving. The moving date that you provide will be treated as the day on which your address changed. If you inform the municipality more than 5 days after moving, the date on which you inform the municipality will be treated as the moving date. Municipalities can impose a fine of up to €325 if you do not inform them in time of important changes to your personal information.

Also check: immigration to the Netherlands

Documents required

You must provide the following documents when informing the municipality of a change of address:

  • 1) a valid identity document (passport, driving licence, Dutch identity card or alien’s identity card);
  • 2) proof of occupancy (rental contract, contract of sale or declaration of consent from the property’s main occupant).

Continuing to receive services in your new municipality

Have you have applied or arranged to receive services in your current municipality and are you now moving elsewhere? If so, you should ask your new municipality about the services that you are eligible for and how you can apply for them.
Services provided under the Social Support Act (WMO) or benefit provided under the Work and Social Assistance Act are not linked to the Personal Records Database (BRP). Each municipality administers these services individually. This means that it is not possible to say which changes will be automatically passed on if you move to a new municipality.


Where can I pick up my permanent resident card in The Netherlands?

Did you (or your sponsor) receive a letter from the IND to collect your residence document? Then please make an appointment at the IND desk stated in the letter.
It is currently very busy at the IND desks. Almost all dates for making an appointment are occupied. Check the online schedule regularly, as dates can become available every day due to cancellations. Bring your passport to your appointment.


IND desks and location

1. IND Desks Almere

ND Desk Almere
Willem Dreesweg 24
1314 CN Almere

Always bring a valid identification.

Opening hours
Ma. until Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Travel directions
Plan your route to the Desk Almere by car or public transport. Check the full visiting address including zip code.

Parking
Visitors who are registered can park for free in the area for a fee.

2. IND Desk Amsterdam

IND Desk Amsterdam
Pieter Calandlaan 1
1065 KH Amsterdam

The IND Desk is located opposite station Lelylaan.

Always bring valid identity papers.

Opening hours:
Mon. - Fri.: 0.900 a.m. - 16.00 p.m.

Travel directions
Plan your route to the IND Desk Amsterdam by car or public transport. Check the full visiting address including zip code 1065 KH.

Parking
There are no parking places. This is possible in the area for a fee

3. IND Desk Den Bosch

IND Desk Den Bosch
Building 'De Magistraat'
Magistratenlaan 222
5223 MA Den Bosch

Always bring valid identity papers.

Opening hours:
Mon. - Fri.: 09.00 a.m. - 16.30 p.m.

Travel directions
Plan your route to the IND Desk Den Bosch by car or public transport. Check the full visiting address including zip code.

Parking
There are no parking places. This is possible in the area for a fee

4. IND Desk The Hague Rijnstraat

The Hague Rijnstraat
Rijnstraat 8
2515 XP The Hague

Always bring valid identification papers.

Opening hours:
Mon. - Fri.: 09.00 a.m. - 16.30 p.m.

Travel directions
Plan your route to IND Desk The Hague Rijnstraat by car or public transport. Check the full visiting address including zip code.

Parking
There are no parking places. This is possible in the area for a fee.

5. IND Desk Rotterdam

IND Desk Rotterdam
Groot Handelsgebouw
Conradstraat 28
3013 AP Rotterdam

Always bring valid identity papers.

Opening hours
Mon. - Fri.: 09.00 a.m. - 16.30 p.m.

Travel directions
Plan your route to the IND Desk Rotterdam by car or public transport. Check the full visiting address including zip code.

Parking
There are no parking places. This is possible in the area for a fee

6. IND Desk Utrecht

IND Desk Utrecht
Bergstraat 58
3511 RS Utrecht

Always bring valid identity papers.

Opening hours:
Mon. - Fri.: 09.00 a.m. - 16.30 p.m.

Travel directions
Plan your route to the IND Desk Utrecht by car or public transport. Check the full visiting address including zip code.

Parking
There are no parking places. This is possible in the area for a fee

7. IND Desk Zwolle

IND Desk Zwolle
Building 'La Grande Vitesse'
Zuiderzeelaan 43-51
8017 JV Zwolle

Always bring valid identity papers.

Opening hours
Mon. - Thu.: 08.00 a.m. - 16.30 p.m.
Friday: 08.30 a.m. - 16.30 p.m.

Travel directions
Plan your route to the IND Desk Zwolle by car or public transport. Check the full visiting address including zip code.

Parking
There are no parking places. This is possible in the area for a fee


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Housing info


Renting a house

For assignments of less than three years, in the current market, it is usually better to rent. Rental costs are fixed, contracts can be ended if you need to go back home, and the headaches of repairs and maintenance are the property owner's responsibility. Also, there is no loss through having to resell before your costs can be covered, nor the hassle of waiting for the property to sell should the market be slow again.

Houses for rent are available in three different states of furnishing: Bare (kaal). There are no carpets, curtains, light fittings, etc., though there probably will be a fitted kitchen. Built-in appliances such as a cooker and possibly a fridge or dishwasher may be present. Soft-furnished (gestoffeerd). The fittings will include everything in the "bare" category, and also carpets and curtains. Furnished (gemeubileerd). Completely furnished - generally including appliances, cutlery, crockery, bed linen, etc.

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Private rentals

Estate agents and 'high street' housing agencies manage private rental housing. The rental price for these houses is considerably higher than accommodation found through a municipal housing agency or a housing association, but in general, these houses are available for immediate tenancy.

Buying a house

Although it is probably better to rent for a while before buying a house, the difference in monthly payments can make purchasing an attractive option for those staying longer. The difference comes largely from the fact that (for the time being at least) the Dutch government repays some of the mortgage interest as tax relief.

After a while most expatriates realise that it is more attractive to buy property (real estate) in the Netherlands instead of staying in a rented house or apartment.


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