Registration as a Citizen of Groningen

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​​​Dutch law states that anyone who resides in the Netherlands for 4 months or longer needs to register in the city where he/she lives. Therefore all students staying in Groningen need to register as a citizen of Groningen or any other Municipality in the Netherlands, depending on where you live. You need to report to City Hall where you will be registered in their database, the ‘Gemeentelijke Basis Administratie’. 

Before you book an appointment online read the information given. It explains what you need to bring to the appointment and more.

The same address can be used when you need to deregister, for example when you cancel your rental agreement to leave the Netherlands. When you move to another city, look for the contact details of the city where you are moving to and register as a citizen of that city. They will inform Groningen / Assen that you have moved.

Please note that when you are planning to bring a family member to the Netherlands, you will always need to bring a legalized marriage and birth certificate.

For registration as a citizen of Assen you can book an appointment by calling them.

For your registration in Assen (or any other city in the Netherlands but Groningen) you will need to bring the following:

  • Your passport or ID card;
  • Your rental agreement;
  • Your residence permit (non-EU/EEA nationals);
  • Your legalized* birth certificate;
  • Your legalized* marriage certificate (when applicable).

*More information on legalization of documents for use in the Netherlands can be found on the website of the IND.

BSN (Citizen Service Number)

Once you have registered as a citizen of Groningen or Assen, you will receive your personal citizen service number. This is an important number for your stay in The Netherlands. First of all, it is a number your Dutch bank will require in order to keep your account activated. Your personal citizen number will at different moments be asked for, so keep it in a place where you can find it again and keep it out of reach from other people.


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