Having a ‘Dutch Digital Identity’, or ‘DigiD’, will equip you to manage many of your practical, financial and legal matters in the Netherlands. It is a personal code, which you can use to safely take care of these important affairs online. Acquiring a DigiD is not technically an entry requirement for the Netherlands. Therefore, compared to arranging documents like resident permits or Visas, it is not too complicated! You can find an overview of what the DigiD is, what it’s for and how to get one on this page.

Do you need a DigiD?

You are not actually obligated to have a DigiD in Holland!

  • Most proceedings for which you would use your DigiD can be taken care of over the telephone, or by letter
  • Having a DigiD will, however, make it possible for you to take care of said matters online
  • This is simply more efficient, and enables you to manage your affairs singlehandedly


Entry Requirements for the Netherlands

Whilst you are not obligated to have a Digid there are certain requirements to which every natural person, who wishes to work in the Netherlands, must adhere:

‘DigiD stands for ‘Digital Identification’. Each person who lives in the Netherlands, and applies for a DigiD, is given their own individual digital identification number. Here’s what you need to know about it:

  • Your DigiD will consist of a username and password
  • This code allows you to make use of the electronic services of several government institutions and organizations in NL
  • It is used as a kind of password
  • Some organizations link your DigiD to an ‘sms code code
  • This is used as an extra precaution to protect your online security
  • In practice, this means that a text message will be sent to your mobile phone before you can login to secure websites
  • To set up this safety measure, visit the DigiD website

When do you use your DigiD in NL?

Here are a few examples of when you will use your DigiD in the Netherlands:

How to acquire a Dutch DigiD

To obtain your own DigiD, you must make sure you are registered with the municipality in which you live. Next, simply visit the DigiD website. Here, you will be asked for the following information:

  • Citizen Service Number
  • Date of birth
  • Postal code
  • House number
  • E-mail address

Five days after filling out the online form for your DigiD you will receive your activation code by mail. With the activation code will come instructions on how to activate your DigiD. You must use your activation code within 20 days of receiving it. Then, you will officially be able to use your DigiD in the Netherlands!

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