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How do I apply for DigiD as a pensioner abroad?

If you receive, or will soon be receiving, a Dutch state pension (AOW), you can apply for DigiD from abroad via the website of the Social Insurance Bank (SVB). You will not need to video call or go to a DigiD collection point.

Conditions for applying for DigiD

  • You receive a Dutch state pension, or have received a letter from the SVB informing you that you will soon be receiving a Dutch state pension
  • You have a citizen service number (BSN)

What then?

Once the SVB has received your application, a letter containing an activation code will be sent to your address abroad. Use this code to activate your DigiD.

Attention: Your service desk code will be valid for 45 days from the date on which you applied for DigiD.


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

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