BSN number

What is a BSN Number?

If you want to legally work in the Netherlands you must register at the Dutch Tax Administration Belastingdienst, where you will be issued a BSN Number also known as Burgerservicenummer or Sofi Number.

This number is required to be able to legally work in the country, pay taxes to the government and get a refund, also when estimating work related social security payments, opening a bank account, etc. This number is issued for life.

How to get a BSN?

If you travel with Qbis the employing agency in the Netherlands will take care of the BSN. As soon as you arrive in the Netherlands your identity document (passport or ID card) and your residence address will be registered at the Tax Administration Office. Once this is done you can start working.

Depending on the employment procedures within the agency some employees get a BSN on the same day, others have to wait a couple of weeks. If you start working before you have received a BSN during this period a higher tax rate will apply but you may apply for a tax refund next year.

If you go to the Netherlands on your own you will have to apply for a BSN at the nearest Tax Administration Office. You will have to submit an identity document and indicate your residence address.

For more information on the BSN Number and how to get it and the Dutch Tax Administration please go to