How do I apply for DigiD from abroad?

You can apply for DigiD from abroad via Collect your activation code via video call or from a DigiD collection point in the Netherlands or abroad to activate your DigiD.

Conditions for applying for DigiD

I don’t have Dutch nationality or the nationality of another country within the European Economic Area. What should I do?

What then?

Once you’ve applied for the DigiD, you’ll be sent a service desk code by email and by SMS. You’ll need this code to collect your activation code via video call or from a DigiD collection point in the Netherlands or abroad.

Your service desk code will be valid for 30 days only. We therefore advise you to make an appointment to collect the activation code before you apply for DigiD. That way you can be sure that the code will not have expired before the day of your appointment.

Due to the corona virus, you currently may not be able to collect a DigiD activation code at a Dutch representation abroad.

Do you live or are you abroad and do you need to travel a long way to collect your DigiD activation code? Or is there no DigiD collection point near you? You can also collect your DigiD activation code online in a video call with a 24/7 Netherlands Worldwide staff member. Check the conditions and book your appointment now.

Difficulties applying for a DigiD

If you have difficulties applying for a DigiD, and you already have an EU-approved login key from another European country, you may be able to use that eID to access Dutch government services online.

General Old Age Pensions (AOW)

If you receive, or will soon be receiving, a Dutch General Old Age Pension (AOW), you can apply for DigiD via the Social Insurance Bank (SVB). You will not need to video call or go to a DigiD collection point.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.