Netherlands Worldwide

Certificate of conduct (VOG)

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Are you living abroad and do you need to produce a certificate of conduct (VOG)? You can apply for this document at the Ministry of Justice's Integrity and Screening Agency (Justis).

What is a certificate of conduct (VOG)?

A certificate of conduct (verklaring omtrent gedrag) is a document showing that your past conduct forms no obstacle to your performing a specific task or job.

Applying for a VOG

You can apply to the Integrity and Screening Agency (Justis) for a VOG. Embassies and consulates do not issue VOGs. Visit the website of the Integrity and Screening Agency for a list of the documents you will need to provide.

Reason for your application

When applying for a VOG you must state which organisation has asked you for the document. You must also explain the reason for the request.

In Dutch only

A VOG is issued in Dutch only. The document does contain an explanatory note in English. But this is not a literal translation of the certificate.

  • If you need a translation, you must have this done by a sworn translator.
  • Make sure the translation contains the translator's signature and official stamp.
  • Attach the translation to the original Dutch version of the VOG.
  • You may need to have the original and/or the translation legalised. Each country has its own rules for this.

If you are moving abroad