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How to register at Gemeente Rotterdam

There is no way around it: if you are planning to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 4 months then you must register at the municipality (Gemeente) of the city in which you are living.

Regardless of whether you are a Dutch citizen or an international, it is mandatory to register at a local residence address. This is done in order for the Municipal Personal Database records to better track the size of the dutch population and allocate appropriate municipal taxes for each household.

How do I register?

Most municipalities require you to register within the first five days of arriving in the Netherlands. If you don’t yet have a fixed address upon your arrival, you must register as soon as your rental contract is finalised.

To register at your address, you are required to make an appointment at the municipality. If you are moving to the Netherlands for the first time, call the municipality and ask for an appointment to “register from abroad” (inscrhijven vanuit het buitenland). You will then receive confirmation by post or email which will also list the documents you need to bring with you.

Stadhuis Rotterdam

Which documents do I need?

In order to register at the municipality, you will be required to bring the following documents:

  • A valid proof of identity
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate.
  • Your rental contract.
  • If applicable:
    • Your residence permit (either a sticker in your passport, a plastic ID card or letter from IND).
    • Your foreign marriage certificate, certificate of registered partnership or divorce.

It is important to know that the municipality only accepts documents in English, French, Dutch and German. Certain documents, such as your birth certificate, may also require proof of authenticity such as an apostille, which you will need to get before leaving your home country.

How can I contact the municipality?

In order to set your appointment or for general questions, you can contact the Rotterdam municipality directly via:

  • Telephone: 14 010 or 010 267 16 25
  • Address: Stadhuis, Coolsingel 40, 3011 AD Rotterdam

Click here for more information about the Municipality of Rotterdam in English.