The citizen service number (BSN) is a unique personal number allocated to everyone registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP). Everyone who registers with the BRP is automatically given a BSN.

The government uses your 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.

Your BSN allows you to identify yourself if you need care. Recognized care providers like general practice doctors and health insurance companies have to use the BSN.

Immediately after your arrival in the Netherlands we’ll visit the municipality of the city where you will live. They will provide you (and your possible partner and/or children) a BSN. With the BSN you are able to open your Dutch bank account and get yourselves a health insurance.