First registration in the Netherlands


You need to personally register at our desk if you want to register in the Netherlands for the first time. Make an appointment by phone. When you come you need to bring with you:

  • a valid proof of your identity
  • a lease, proof of ownership or a declaration of the property's main occupant to proof you have residence
  • if you were born abroad a birth certificate 
  • a proof that the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has approved your residence if you don’t have a European nationality
  • an announcement of your change of address if you come from Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba 
  • 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

Bring also a proof of deregistration from the country where you were registered previously if this applies to you


If you are going to live in the Netherlands for the first time, you must register in the new residential municipality. If you have lived in the Netherlands before, but been moved abroad for October 1994? Then you have to do a 'first registration' again.


  • You have the Dutch nationality, or a residence permit for certain or indefinite periods of time
  • You stay longer than 4 months living in the Netherlands

If the requested documents are not written in Dutch, English, German or French, then you must have them translated. You don't have to legalize the translation if the translator is sworn in the Netherlands. In all other cases, you must re-legalize the original document in the Netherlands. More information can be found at


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. Within 4 weeks, we will process you registration.


National laws