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Registration with the municipality

If you will stay in the Netherlands for more than four months, you need to register with the local authorities, also called the municipality.

In order to register yourself at the municipality, you need to be in the Netherlands: it is not possible to do this online. After registering at the municipality, you will receive a social security number (BSN).

Required documents

  • Passport or European ID card. A driver's license is not sufficient. 
  • Printed rental agreement for your Dutch address: showing this on your cell phone is not sufficient. If you do not have a rental agreement then you must bring a written statement of approval signed by the main tenant and a copy of his/her passport.
  • Declaration of Registration (DoR) from VU Amsterdam. This declaration is available from the moment you are registered at our university, and can be collected digitally via the 'Complete registration' page in VUnet.

Optional documents, only if applicable:

  • Birth Certificate (legalised)* – please note that this is only required if you are staying for longer than one year in an accommodation outside of Amsterdam or Amstelveen. If your birth certificate is not in Dutch, English, French or German, then you must supply a sworn translation into one of these languages.
  • Students who are married also need to bring their marriage certificate (legalised)*.
  • If you come from Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba: proof of deregistration ('Verhuisbericht').
  • A marriage or divorce certificate
  • A death certificate of your spouse (to prove that the marriage was dissolved by death)
  • The birth certificates of your children (if they also come and live here and join you for registration)


* The legalisation method depends on the respective country. The Dutch missions in other countries are responsible for legalising foreign documents for use in the Netherlands. The documents must first have been legalised by the country’s own authorities, usually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the document was issued. For more information see here.

Moving to Amstelveen (Uilenstede)?

If you are going to live in Uilenstede, you need to register at the municipality of Amstelveen. 

  1. Check the status of the area you are traveling from here. If you are travelling from red or orange areas, you need to plan your appointment at the municipality after your 2 weeks of self- quarantine. 
  2. Once you arrive in Amstelveen and have signed your lease, you can make an appointment by telephone. You can do so by calling +31 20 540 49 11 (Monday until Thursday from 08.30 AM-05.00 PM and Friday between 8.30 AM-12.30PM). Please only call this number if you are going to live at Uilenstede in Amstelveen!
  3. At your physical appointment at the municipality (see here on Google Maps), you will need to fill in a short questionnaire. Together with the municipality, VU Amsterdam will make sure to reserve some timeslots for these appointments.  

Moving to Amsterdam?

If you are going to live in another residence provided by VU Amsterdam, or if you found yourself a room in the city, you need to register at the municipality of Amsterdam. 

  1. Check the status of the area you are traveling from here. If you are travelling from red or orange areas, you need to plan your appointment at the municipality after your 2 weeks of self- quarantine. 
  2. The municipality of Amsterdam will build an online appointment tool. This tool will be available somewhere in August and will be communicated on this webpage and via e-mail as soon as it's ready.
  3. From mid-August the municipality will open 3 counters at their location in the east of Amsterdam (see here on Google Maps) for the appointments of international students.