How do I apply for DigiD as a pensioner abroad?

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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.

Warning: At the moment, you cannot apply for a DigiD through the SVB. You can apply for your DigiD via

Conditions for applying for DigiD to the SVB

  • 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 activation 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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