The Basic Civic Integration Exam abroad

Basic Exam

You want to stay in the Netherlands for an extended period of time. Then you need a provisional residence permit (in Dutch: machtiging tot voorlopig verblijf (MVV)). This means you must take the Basic Civic Integration Exam. Register for the exam.

For more information about the Basic Civic Integration Exam, visit You can also practise the exam there.

The requirements for an MVV are on the website of the Dutch Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst (IND). Here you can find out whether you need to take the exam.


The Basic Civic Integration Exam costs money. Check the table below to see how much you have to pay.

Exam Cost
Speaking (Speaking skills) € 60
Reading (Reading skills) € 50
Knowledge of Dutch society (KNS) € 40
Total € 150

Signing up

Digital registration

Sign up using the digital registration form. You will receive a reaction quickly.

Digital application form Basic Civic Integration Exam

Paper registration form

You can also sign up using a paper registration form. In this case you will receive reactions by mail only. It takes longer to receive a reaction when you use a paper form. Do you wish to sign up by paper registration form anyway? Call 1400. Outside of the Netherlands you can call +31 70 214 02 14.

Paying for the exam

You can pay for the exam in different ways.

If you register digitally:
  • You can choose to pay using iDEAL. For this you will need a Dutch bank account.
  • You can choose to pay by bank transfer. In this case, you will receive a payment request by email.
If you use a paper registration form:
  • You will receive a payment request by mail.

Proof of payment

Have you paid? Then you will receive a confirmation by email within 5 working days. A confirmation by mail takes longer. The email or the letter is proof that you paid for the exam. Now you can take the exam. For this you can make an appointment at the Dutch embassy or consulate.


You will receive the results of your exam within 8 weeks after taking the exam. DUO will send you an email or letter with the results.


Do you have a question? Fill out the contact form. You will receive a reply as soon as possible.

You can also call us from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dutch time (UCT+1). The phone number is 1400. If you are outside of the Netherlands, call +31 70 214 02 14.


Has DUO not helped you correctly? Do you want to file a complaint? Fill out the complaint form. You will receive a reply as soon as possible.