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Citizen service number (BSN)

The citizen service number or burgerservicenummer (BSN) is a unique personal number for contact with the government. For example, if you want to work or study in the Netherlands. Everyone who is registered with a Dutch municipality has a BSN. Your BSN can be found on your passport, driving licence and identity card.

You will receive the BSN when you first register with a Dutch municipality. You need to come in person to register. 

Using your BSN

The government uses your citizen service number (BSN) to process your personal data. You can use your BSN for any government service in the Netherlands. You do not have to provide your data to each different government organisation – they can find it using your BSN.

The BSN also allows you to identify yourself if you need care or is used in education. 
Do you not live in the Netherlands or have you lived in the Netherlands for less than 4 months? Register as a non-resident at the RNI desk in the municipality of Heerlen. Do you live in the Netherlands for more than 4 months? Register as a resident in the municipality where you live.

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