First registration in the Netherlands


To register with a council for the first time, you will need:

  • your valid proof of identity (that proves your nationality)
  • proof that you have residence, such as a lease, proof of ownership or a declaration of the property's main occupant
  • a birth certificate, if you were born abroad
  • if you come from outside the European Union (EU): a proof of lawful residence in the Netherlands, apply for this at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)
  • if you come from Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba: announcement of your change of address
  • possibly you may also need:
    • a marriage or divorce certificate
    • a death certificate (to prove that your marriage is dissolved by death)
    • birth certificates of your children

Do you have proof of deregistration from the country where you were registered previously? Take that along, too.

If the documents are not in Dutch, English, German or French, then a certified interpreter or translator has to translate them.

If the documents have been translated by a translator certified in the Netherlands, then the documents don’t have to be legalised.

If the documents have been translated by someone certified abroad, then the documents must first be legalised: this includes the original document.

Under ‘Other’ you will find a link to more information about legalisation.


You will need to register with a council when you come to live in the Netherlands. Haven’t you previously lived in the Netherlands? Then you will need to complete a 'first registration'. Also if you have lived in the Netherlands before, but you emigrated before October 1994, you have to complete a 'first registration'.


You must have the correct documents at your disposal before you are permitted to come and live in the Netherlands. Your partner and children will also need to personally register if you are moving to the Netherlands with your entire family.


You need to personally register with the council.

You can contact them by telephone to make an appointment.

Maastricht council (GemeenteLoket)

Bezoekers adres
Mosae Forum 10
6211 DW Maastricht
Post adres
6201 BZ Maastricht
Postbus 1992
Tel: 14 043 (+31 43 350 40 40 from abroad)
Fax: 043 350 41 41 (+31 43 350 41 4


You need to visit the council within 5 working days of your arrival in the Netherlands.


National laws

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