Changes you need to report
If you receive child benefit and there is a change in your situation, you must let us know within 4 weeks (6 weeks if you live outside the Netherlands). That way, you will always receive the correct amount. Below is a list of all the changes you have to report.
Change of address
If you and your family move house within the Netherlands, you do not have to report this to us; we will be informed by your municipal authorities. It is important that you report your move to the municipal authorities without delay. We must be informed of your new address within 4 weeks.
We do need you to report the following changes of address to us:
- one or more family members move house.
- you or your child moves to another country.
- you or your child stays outside the Netherlands for more than three months (this also applies to holidays).
Working outside the Netherlands
- you or your partner/former partner starts working outside the Netherlands.
- you or your partner/former partner stops working outside the Netherlands.
- you or your partner/former partner starts receiving a non-Dutch benefit.
Working in the Netherlands
- you or your partner or former partner no longer works in the Netherlands, and you do not live in the Netherlands.
- you or your partner or former partner has stopped working in the Netherlands, and your partner or former partner still works outside the Netherlands or receives a non-Dutch benefit.
- you or your partner or former partner has started working in the Netherlands, and your partner or former partner still works outside the Netherlands or receives a non-Dutch benefit.
Change in family composition
- your partner or your child has died (only if your partner or child lived outside the Netherlands).
- you start living with someone, get married, or enter into a registered partnership.
- you and your partner are separating.
You are awarded custody of a child, or you no longer have custody of a child.
Other child benefit or a different family benefit for your child
- You get child benefit or another family benefit for your child from an agency other than the SVB.
- Something changes in this other child benefit/family benefit.
- You get compensation for foster care.
Your child's education
You only need to read this if your child is 16 or 17. The changes you have to report depend on your child's date of birth and the country where he or she lives.
If your child goes to school in the Netherlands and does not yet have a diploma at MBO level 2 or higher in the Netherlands, or a HAVO or VWO diploma, you will not normally be required to report a change of school or a temporary interruption of the studies. We will be informed by the education welfare officer. If your child already has a diploma at MBO level 2 or higher, or a HAVO or VWO diploma, or if he or she lives outside the Netherlands, you must report the following changes to us:
- your child starts going to a private school
- your child has stopped going to school
- your child stops attending school temporarily (for less than 6 months)
- your child was unable to receive education due to illness or a handicap, and is now able to start going to school again.
If your child has one of the above diplomas and receives education that is funded by the Dutch government, you do not have to inform us if the child changes schools or temporarily stops attending school. DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs) will inform us.
Your contribution to your child’s support
Your contributions to the support of a child of yours who lives away from home have gone up or down, or you no longer support your child.
Staying with your child who lives away from home
- during a quarter, you or the child's other parent or carer spends more than 45 days with a child of yours who lives away from home;
- you or the other parent or carer pays the child a number of short visits during a quarter, e.g. two or three weeks, and the visits add up to more than 45 days in total;
- you or the child's other parent or carer visits your child in one quarter, the visit lasts until the next quarter, and the visit is longer than 45 days.
Your child’s work and income
If your child starts working and earning money, you only need to report a change if he or she is 16 or 17:
- your child earns more than € 800 net per quarter (about € 266 per month)
- there is a change in your child’s income
If your child has obtained a diploma at MBO level 2 or higher in the Netherlands, or a HAVO or VWO diploma, or if he or she lives outside the Netherlands, you must report the following changes:
- your child has become unemployed
- your child has started working
- your unemployed child has been offered a job
Imprisonment or detention
Imprisonment or detention refers to any situation in which you or your partner are held in a prison or remand centre, even if it is only for a short period.
Why does the SVB want to know about this? You get child benefit for a child that you bring up and support, and who belongs to your family. If you or your partner are held in a prison or remand centre, the family situation may change. For example, your children may go to live with relatives. The person who looks after your children may then get the child benefit.
Often there will be no change in the family, for instance, if the imprisonment or detention is only for a short period, or if a partner or family member takes care of the child. We will therefore look at the family situation. If it can be established that there is no change in the family situation, you or your partner will continue to receive the child benefit.
Why does the SVB check your details?
We make sure that you always get the right amount. That is why we exchange information with your municipal authorities (gemeente), the Tax Administration (Belastingdienst) and other organizations. If it appears that you have not reported a change to us, we may impose a fine or an administrative sanction on you.
How to report a change
You can report changes quickly and easily via My SVB on our website. If you prefer, you can also report changes to your SVB office over the telephone or in a letter.
If you do not have a DigiD code
You can apply for a DigiD code below. Or get in touch with us. We will send you an application form within a few days.