The BSN citizen service number “burgerservicenummer” (equivalent to the Polish PESEL) is a unique personal number allocated to every individual by local Gemeente Office. As it is assigned to a person permanently, any changes reported to the Gemeente will be automatically updated.
BSN was introduced on November 26, 2007 as a replacement for SOFI number. The BSN consists of the same digits: the only change is the name.
You can obtain BSN number:
- with the help of your employer – in case you came to work in the Netherlands or
- upon personal registration in Gemeente Office.
If you are a Polish citizen who has worked in the Netherlands, you are married or in a registered partnership and you want to claim your tax relief or settle taxes jointly with your fiscal partner, you are required to request BSN/SOFI number for your partner as well.* In such case the procedure of obtaining the number might take longer, but registration in person is not required.
* According to the Dutch law, fiscal partners are people who:
- are married or have a registered partnership or
- are registered at the same address and:
- have a common child or
- have a combined pension scheme or
- are the joint owners of the property or
- were fiscal partners in the previous year.
Please provide us with the following information to request BSN number for your fiscal partner:
- Personal data – on a special form;
- Color copies of your IDs;
- Marriage certificate on EU form or notary act of joint property ownership;
- Certificate of registered residence at the same address.
Please feel free to contact us for further information.