Citizen Service Number

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What is a Citizen Service Number in the Netherlands?

If you want to work (legally) in the Netherlands you will need a Citizen Service Number (Dutch: Burger Service Nummer or BSN, formerly SOFI number), which is a tax- and social security number. This is a unique personal number, which you can obtain if you are registered in the Basic Individual Registry (BRP) of your town of residence. Your BSN is apparent on your (Dutch) passport (if you have one), the same counts for a driver’s licence or identity card. If you are an EU resident you can apply for a BSN without any problem.

How do I obtain a Citizen Service Number in the Netherlands?

BSN’s are issued by the Belastingdienst. You need to call to 0800-543 (or 0031 555 385 385 if you’re abroad) and make an appointment for this. If you need help, please contact us. We can make the appointment on your behalf and accompany you to the Belastingdienst as needed.

Citizen Service Number