When you finally move to Amsterdam it is important to register immediately with the Municipality of Amsterdam. This registration is an official confirmation for living in Amsterdam. If you are going to live in Diemen, for example, you have to register with the municipality of Diemen. It is of utmost importance to arrange your registration within a week after your arrival by going to one of the town halls in your neighborhood.
As a tenant of accommodation in Amsterdam, you are legally obliged to be registered with the municipality in which you live. You must therefore be registered at the address where you actually live. The municipality regularly checks whether the registrations still correspond with the actual residential addresses. If this is not correct or if you live illegally, the municipality has the possibility to hand out penalties.
You need the registration for the following services:
- Creating a passport, an identity card, or a driving license.
- Voting in the elections
- Provision of allowances
- Collecting taxes
- It is important for the police, ambulance, and fire brigade to have an overview of the household when they have to act in case of an emergency.
Students can drop in to register as a resident at any City Office within 5 days of arrival, Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 18.00. Thursday from 08.00 to 20.00. Contact the City within 5 days of arrival to schedule an appointment. Call the City of Amsterdam’s information line 14 020. Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 18.00. (From abroad: +31 20 624 1111)
What you need to bring to the municipality:
- A valid proof of identity: a passport or an ID card (not a driver’s licence).
- Proof of an Amsterdam address. For example the rental contract, or an Address registration permission form (PDF) signed by the main occupant and a copy of his or her proof of identity.
- Proof that you are a student at a Dutch school or university: a student card (studentenkaart) or proof of registration (bewijs van inschrijving).
Depending on your housing situation, you need to bring:
- If you own your own house: the proof of purchase (koopcontract).
- If you rent your home: the rental contract (huurcontract), or an Address registration permission form (PDF) signed by the main occupant and a copy of his or her proof of identity, such as a passport or an ID card.
- If you live in an institution, for example a nursing home: an Address registration permission form (PDF; in Dutch) signed by the institution.
- If you do not have a home address, for a postal address (briefadres): an Address registration permission form (in Dutch) signed by the main occupant and a copy of his or her proof of identity, such as a passport or an ID card. A postal address enables you to temporarily receive mail at the address of someone you know.
- If you do not have a European nationality: proof that the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has approved your stay.
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