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WHERE CAN I APPLY FOR A BSN (TAX ID) AS NON-RESIDENT IN THE NETHERLANDS

In order to start a business in The Netherlands, it’s not required to have a personal Tax ID (also called the BSN). However, as soon as you will be on the payroll of a Dutch company, or you like to open a bank account in The Netherlands, the application of the BSN number is very important. 
 

Anybody can apply for the BSN number in The Netherlands, even if you don’t have a valid residency permit, and you are a non-EU national. Are you not living in the Netherlands for a period of less than 4 months? Then you can register as a non-resident in the Personal Records Database (BRP). You do this at a municipality with a counter for non-residents (RNI municipality). You will receive a citizen service number (BSN) after registration. Our Company Officer can prepare the application for you, and also join you to the City Council/Municipality. We are typically able to get same-day appointments, so everything can be dealt with within a few hours. 

When to report to an RNI municipality?

Register with an RNI municipality if

  • you live abroad and need a citizen service number (BSN) for matters that you arrange with the Dutch government.

  • you come to live in the Netherlands for a maximum of 4 months for study or work, for example.

Registering with a municipality as a non-resident

  • Make an appointment at one of the 19 municipalities with a counter for non-residents. Also, view the municipality's RNI registration information.

  • Take a valid proof of identity with you.

  • Also, state your home address in the country of origin at the counter.

  • Registration is free.

 

More information can be found in the publication Registration Non-residents: frequently asked questions.

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