Moving from abroad - immigration

If you move to Zeist from abroad (immigration) or will be staying for at least 4 months in a period of 6 months, then you will need to register with the municipality in person within 5 days of arriving. If you have a partner and children are moving with you, they will need to join you and get registered as well. This also applies if you lived in the Netherlands before.


It is necessary to make an appointment prior to registering.

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Required documents

  • a completed application form aangifte vestiging buitenland (pdf, 4 MB) (pdf in different languages)
  • a valid passport or identity card of each person who is eligible to be registered
  • a valid travel document or other legal document with your personal data and nationality
  • a valid residence permit (if applicable)
  • where applicable: the rental or purchase agreement for your home in the Netherlands
  • permission from any main occupant with whom you will be living and a copy of their valid identity document (if applicable)
    verklaring hoofdbewoner (pdf, 37 KB) (pdf in Dutch)
  • a certificate of deregistration from the population register (if you come from Belgium, Germany, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius or Sint Maarten)

If applicable:

  • a birth certificate of each person who is eligible to be registered (for EU citizens an international birth certificate)
  • a marriage and/or divorce certificate(s)
  • a death certificate (proof if the marriage is dissolved by death)


Not all documents are automatically valid in the Netherlands. The civil registry will only accept official documents in Dutch, English, French or German. An official translation will be required for other languages. Some documents may also require proof of authenticity (legalisatie).

More information on this subject is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Citizen Service Number (BSN)

You will be sent your citizen service number (BSN) at the same time as your personal list. You will need this personal number to open a bank account, receive a salary, arrange medical health insurance and in contacts with the government.

Residence permit

You can find more information about a residence permit on the IND website. Your registration will be final once the IND confirms the municipality that you are residing in the Netherlands lawfully.