Register in Utrecht Region

The length of your stay - There are two types of municipal registration, depending on the length of your stay.

Staying for longer than four months

If you are staying in the Netherlands for longer than four months in the following six months, you need to register with the municipality. It is legally required to register within 5 days with your municipality. However, due to high demand and staff shortages it may not be possible to get an appointment within these 5 days. That is why you need to make an appointment within 5 days after your arrival.

If you have a partner and/or child(ren) who also need to be registered, they must come with you to the appointment. If you plan to live in Utrecht, Amersfoort, Woerden or Oudewater, you can register through the International Welcome Centre. Find the appointment form below. Moving to another city or town in Utrecht Region? Check out their contact details.

Staying for four months or less

If you are staying in the Netherlands for four months or less, you are not required to officially register. However, if you plan to work or want access to services like healthcare, you require a citizen service number (BSN). You can register for a short stay in the Netherlands to be entered in the Registry for Non-Residents (Registratie Niet Ingezetenen, RNI) and receive a BSN. Please note: if you will be staying longer than four months but do not yet meet the requirements to register at your municipality, it is not possible to temporarily register in the RNI to obtain a BSN.

Type of registration

If you are relocating to the Netherlands from abroad for the first time, you need to register with the municipality that you will live in. We call this a first registration. Please use the appointment form below to make an appointment for a first registration.

If you have already arranged your first registration and need to come back to have some certificates registered, you need to make a different appointment. Make an appointment to have your certificates registered. Please note: the International Welcome Centre only processes certificates for the municipality of Utrecht. If you live in another municipality, please contact your local municipality to request an appointment for the registration of your certificates.

If you are already living here and moving to a different address within the same municipality, or moving to a different municipality, different registration procedures apply. The same goes for leaving the Netherlands.

Moving to Utrecht Region to study? This is how you register as a new student.

Temporary registration

If you don’t have your own official address within 5 days of your arrival, it is possible to temporarily register with the City of Utrecht. Please note: you can only use one of the registration options below if you are going to live in and register with the municipality of Utrecht. You can temporarily register:

  • Using the official postal address of your employer. Some employers allow their employees to temporarily register with the municipality by using their official postal address. This is only a temporary measure, valid for a maximum period of three months. You can only register using the postal address if:
    -   You have permission of your employer
    -   Your employer's postal address is located in Utrecht
    -    If you already live in the Netherlands
    -    You don't already have a rental contract (in another municipality)

    Download the declaration form.
  • If you are living at a residence rented by your employer. Download the declaration form.
  • If you are living at someone else’s address. Download the declaration form.

Fill in the form below to make an appointment and bring the completed and signed declaration form together with the required documents mentioned in the form to your appointment.

Make an appointment

Using the International Welcome Centre’s appointment form. Please fill in this form and receive the appointment link(s) that apply to your personal situation by email. If you haven’t received the email in your inbox within an hour, please check your spam folder. Please send an email to if you have questions.

Please note: it may take longer than usual to make an appointment due to high demand. Please book your appointment early on in the relocation process. If the appointment tool keeps on loading, this means that all time slots are fully booked. Please check the appointment tool regularly to see if new time slots have opened up. Our apologies for this inconvenience.

Go to appointment form

We value your privacy
The International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region takes the protection of your data seriously. The data of the appointment form will be processed and recorded in the registration system of the International Welcome Centre, part of the Municipality of Utrecht. Your data will not be transferred to third parties. The Municipality of Utrecht processes and protects your personal data as described in their Data Protection Declaration.

What to bring to the appointment

  1. A valid passport or ID card for each person that needs to be registered.
  2. Only deeds in English, German and French will be accepted without a translation. Deeds in other languages must be translated by a sworn translator. The translation must be legalized separately from the original deed. Original deeds must comply with the rules for legalisation. These rules depend on the country where the documents were issued. Find more information at
  3. A rental or purchase contract for your home or a completed form for temporary registration as described above.
  4. A proof of deregistration in case you are relocating from Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Saba or Sint Eustatius.

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