To whom to report a move: Find out here

Moving to a new home in a new municipality or even within the current municipality is an exciting event, but it also entails the necessary administrative tasks. One of the most important steps you need to take when moving is to communicate your new address to relevant authorities and organizations. In this article we look at who you should report your move to and how you can make this process go smoothly.

Why is it important to report your move?

When you move, you not only change your place of residence, but also your municipality. This has consequences for your administration and the services you use. It's timely report your move helps prevent problems and miscommunication. Furthermore, you are legally obliged to report your change of address to the correct authorities. Some authorities are automatically notified when they move, but sometimes you have to report the change of address yourself. The new municipality automatically deregisters you from the old municipality, so you no longer have to inform it separately. 

Which authorities must be notified?

When you move, there are various authorities and organizations that must be informed of your new address. The most important authority is the municipality where you will live. They are responsible for the Personal Records Database (BRP) and must be aware of your move. It is also important to inform the tax authorities so that they can adjust your data.

Another agency that you should not forget is PostNL. They offer a moving service where they automatically forward your mail to your new address. Don't forget you either moving company to notify you if you have used their services.

When do you have to report your change of address?

A Report your move to the municipality you must report this on time. This can be communicated 4 weeks before the moving date or no later than 5 days after the move. This way the authorities have enough time to update your data. Please note that reporting your change of address too late may have consequences, such as mail being sent to your old address. Report the move within this period, otherwise you risk a fine of up to €325.

How do you notify the municipality of your move?

You can report your move to the municipality in various ways. Most municipalities offer the option to arrange this online via their website. Here you can complete a moving form and provide your new address. You will of course need your DigiD for this. You can also visit the municipal office in person to request a change of address in writing or transmit digitally. Again, do this 4 weeks before the move or no later than 5 days after your move. This way you can be sure that everything will run smoothly when you move. 

Arranging your change of address is often not possible because most municipalities want this to be done personally. You are therefore always obliged to arrange a move yourself. Make sure that you report the move to the municipality within four weeks before your move or 5 days after your move, after which all other authorities, including the Tax Authorities, can be informed. 

Other important agencies and organizations

Next to you inform about a change of address At the municipality and the tax authorities, there are all the authorities, companies and organizations that need to be informed of your move. For companies and institutions, you can think of your health insurer, insurance companies, bank(s), and your employer or benefits agency. Don't forget to inform your children's schools and childcare.

What happens after you have reported your move?

After you have reported your move to the municipality, they will update your details in the Personal Records Database (BRP). The municipality and other authorities will then automatically be informed of your move. PostNL's moving service ensures that your mail is automatically forwarded to your new address, so that important mail items arrive at the right address. The PostNL moving service is very convenient and if you wish to make use of this, you must of course request this in time. A postal address that does not correspond to your new place of residence is of course not useful. 

Finally

When moving, it is essential to report your change of address to the correct authorities. By doing this in a timely manner, you prevent problems and miscommunication. The most important authorities that must be informed are the municipality where you will live, the Tax Authorities and PostNL. Don't forget other important authorities and organizations, such as your health insurer and bank(s). By reporting your move in a timely manner, you ensure that your administration remains up-to-date and your mail is delivered to the correct address.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I also have to report my move if I am moving within the same municipality?

Yes, even if you move within the same municipality, you are obliged to report your move to the municipality. This is important because the municipality must register your new address in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP). You are therefore obliged to report your move to the municipality, after which all important authorities will be informed. For example, the municipality ensures that your health insurer is also informed. They do this by using the municipal basic administration. You can report your move from 4 weeks before your move or a maximum of 5 days after your move. You can pass this on at the counter, but nowadays this can usually also be done online.

Can I also report my move to the municipality I am moving to?

No, you must always report your move to the municipality you are moving to. This municipality is responsible for updating your details in the Personal Records Database (BRP). If you move within the municipality, you must of course report the change of address to your own municipality. Do you do this in the office? Don't forget to bring a valid ID with you. Would you like to report this via the municipality's website? Then make sure you have a DigiD. 

When do I have to report my change of address to the municipality?

When moving to the municipality, a time period applies. You are obliged to notify the municipality of your move within 4 weeks before the move or no later than 5 days after your move. This way you ensure that your data is updated in a timely manner. The new municipality where you will live will automatically deregister you from your old municipality. Will you continue to live in the same municipality? Then you must notify us of your change of address before moving. 

What happens if I do not report my move to the municipality?

If you do not notify the municipality of your move, various problems may arise. For example, your mail cannot be automatically forwarded to your new address and other authorities such as the Tax Authorities may have incorrect information. Please keep in mind that this may not always go smoothly, so it is always wise to check this yourself. Didn't it go well? Then you can still notify the tax authorities of the move yourself.

What information do I need to report my move?

To report your move to the municipality, you usually need your personal details, your old address and your new address. It can also be useful to have your citizen service number (BSN) at hand. Reporting a change is therefore quite simple. After submitting, you will always receive proof of this. The municipality will then provide you with proof of registration. 

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Always consult the official websites of the relevant authorities for the most up-to-date information about reporting your move