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Old Aug 18th 2017, 9:08 am   #1
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The place I'm living at tells me that a BSN number is not the same as registering as a citizen and I am very confused as I know registration is mandatory. Please tell me what's the difference between registering with the GBA and getting a BSN.
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Old Aug 18th 2017, 9:17 am   #2
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Hi there
The place I'm living at tells me that a BSN number is not the same as registering as a citizen and I am very confused as I know registration is mandatory. Please tell me what's the difference between registering with the GBA and getting a BSN.
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http://www.access-nl.org/living-in-the-netherlands/moving/registering-for-a-bsn.aspx
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A BSN is the dutch equivalent of a National Insurance number in the UK.

Registering with the Gemeente (GBA) is similar to going on the electoral role, but is a mandatory requirement, and is your entry on a database system that is shared by all government departments (from health to taxation).

That is the difference. I registered in the days when you had to go personally to the tax office to get your BSN (or SOFI as it was known back then) and had always thought it was an automatic part of the form-filling/registration process, but recent posts on here seem to indicate otherwise.
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