How do I apply for a DigiD from abroad?

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You can apply for DigiD from abroad via Collect your activation code in a video call with NetherlandsWorldwide. Or by visiting a DigiD service desk in the Netherlands or abroad. You need the activation code to activate your DigiD.


If you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a Dutch municipality, the information on this page is not intended for you. Find out how to apply for a DigiD if you live in the Netherlands.

Conditions for applying for DigiD

  • You have a valid identity document (passport or identity card).
  • You have a citizen service number (BSN). If you do not have a BSN, find out how to get one.
  • You have a telephone which can receive text messages (SMS) both in the Netherlands and abroad.
  • You have an email address.
Attention: 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 go to a DigiD service desk or make a video call.

After submitting your application

Once you’ve applied for a DigiD at, you’ll be sent a service desk code by email and by SMS. Your service desk code is valid for 30 days.

With the service desk code, you can collect a DigiD activation code by arranging a video call with a NetherlandsWorldwide staff member. Or you can collect your DigiD activation code from a DigiD service desk in the Netherlands or abroad.

Collecting a DigiD activation code abroad

Activate DigiD

Activate your DigiD within 21 days after collecting the activation code. You can activate your DigiD via

Using another EU-approved login key

If you don't have a DigiD, but do have another EU-approved login key, you can use this to access and use the online services of Dutch organisations including the Social Insurance Bank (SVB), Tax Administration, the Education Executive Agency (DUO), the Central Judicial Collection Agency (CJIB), the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) and the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW). In that case you do not require a DigiD.


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