Applying for a DigiD in the United Kingdom

If you are a Dutch national living in the United Kingdom you can apply for a DigiD online. But you will need to collect your activation code in person. You can do this at the Netherlands embassy in London.

Pensioners living in United Kingdom can apply to the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) for a DigiD.

Applying for a DigiD

You can apply for a DigiD from abroad at Here you will find a step-by-step guide to applying for your DigiD.

Collecting your activation code from a DigiD service desk in the Netherlands

To receive an activation code you must report in person to a DigiD service desk. You can find a list of DigiD service desks in the Netherlands at

Collecting your activation code from a DigiD service desk abroad

If you would rather collect your activation code while abroad, you can do so by making an appointment at one of the following embassies or consulates:

Pensioners living abroad

What if you live abroad and receive an old age pension from the Social Insurance Bank (SVB)? Then you can apply to the SVB for a DigiD. You can do this online; you don't need to appear in person.

Do I need to have a DigiD?

DigiD stands for Digital Identity. You use your DigiD to prove your identity on the internet. It assures organisations that you are who you say you are. You don't have to use a DigiD, but many government organisations now work with the DigiD system. These include the Tax and Customs Administration, the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) and the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). If you have a DigiD you can use the services they provide online. For more information about DigiD visit

Applying for a DigiD from this country or region

Apply for a DigiD at the embassy in London

If you live abroad and have the Dutch nationality you can collect your DigiD activation code at certain municipalities in the Netherlands and Dutch embassies abroad, including the Dutch embassy in London.

To collect the DigiD activation code at the embassy in London you need to make an appointment via the online appointment system with the consular department. Please note that during busy periods the first available appointment can be a few weeks away. You are advised to first make the appointment and then apply for your DigiD activation code using the application process.