Netherlands Worldwide

How do I apply for DigiD from abroad?

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

Conditions for applying for DigiD

  • You have Dutch nationality or the nationality of another country within the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • You have a valid passport or identity document (driving license not allowed) from an EEA country
  • You have a citizen service number (BSN)
  • You are registered in the Non-residents Records Database (RNI). You do not need an RNI-extract when you apply for a DigiD.
  • You have a telephone which can receive text messages (SMS) both in the Netherlands and abroad
  • You have an email address

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 via, you’ll be sent a service desk code by email and by SMS. You’ll need this service desk code to collect your activation code. This can be done in 3 different ways:

The 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.

Activate DigiD

Activate your DigiD within 20 days after collecting the activation code. You can activate your DigiD via or with the DigiD app.

Other EU-approved login key

You do not have a DigiD, but you do have another EU-approved login key? This also allows you to arrange your affairs online with many Dutch organisations, such as SVB, Tax and Customs Administration, DUO, CJIB, UWV and RDW.

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.

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