Applying for a Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (VOG) in the Netherlands
Many jobs in the Netherlands require you to have a Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag – VOG (certificate of conduct). This also includes volunteer work. Examples are if you are going to work with confidential information or with children. A VOG shows that your behaviour is satisfactory for a new job. You may also need a VOG to apply for a visa or if you want to emigrate to another country.
There are several ways to apply for a VOG:
- Are you registered with your municipality in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen – BRP)? Then you or your employer can submit a fully completed application form to the municipality.
- Are you not registered with your municipality in the BRP? For example, if you are working in the Netherlands temporarily or living outside the Netherlands? Then send your application with all accompanying appendices to Justis by post (in Dutch). You can also download the application form from the justis.nl website.
Do you own a company or organisation that requires a VOG? Then you can apply for a VOG voor rechtspersonen – VOG RP (certificate of conduct for legal entities).
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Certificate of good conduct
A Certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring omtrent gedrag’ (VOG)) is a proof of good conduct. You will sometimes need this certificate in case of a new job, when applying for visa or when starting voluntary work.
Applications on behalf of the employer
Your employer may apply for a certificate online through ‘Dienst Justis’. This is quicker and cheaper. Your employer needs eHerkenning / Digidentity to submit the application.
After the application you receive an email from Dienst Justis. It specifies what you must do next. And how to pay for your certificate. The certificate is sent to you by post in 4 to 8 weeks.
Applications through Dienst Justis only
You are advised to apply for a certificate through Dienst Justis only. There are other agencies that propose to apply for a certificate on your behalf. In these cases you pay more, so do not use these agencies. Dienst Justis does not work with these agencies.
Do I qualify for a Certificate of good conduct?
Are you curious to find out if you can get a certificate? Do the free VOG-check.
At your appointment, ensure you bring:
- Valid proof of identity
- Completed Dienst Justis application form
You need a special application form if you start work in childcare or become a childminder. You find this application form on the website van de Rijksoverheid / Dutch government website.
Authorising another person
You may authorise an adult to apply for the certificate on your behalf. In that case this person must bring:
- Valid proof of identity and a copy of your proof of identity
- Completed application form
- Completed authorisation form
Submitting your own application
In some cases it is impossible to apply for this certificate online. For instance when you need the certificate for purposes of emigration, visa, a work permit, childminding or childcare. In these cases you must apply by appointment with the municipality.
Do you live in Delft? And are you a volunteer working for a Delft foundation or volunteer organisation? Then you may apply with the municipality for a free certificate. Make an appointment.
When is a certificate free of charge?
A Certificate of good conduct is free of charge in case of:
- Volunteer organisations working with minors or mentally handicapped
- Sports clubs
- Delft volunteers who work for a Delft foundation or volunteer organisation
- The organisation that you work for as a volunteer considers the certificate desirable or necessary
- It is your first application for a certificate on behalf of the organisation concerned
- You work for an organisation in Delft occupied with culture, nature and well-being
- The organisation is listed at ‘Delft voor Elkaar’ through firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisations on a profit basis are not covered by these regulations.
For more information, go to delft.nl. Any questions? Call 14015 (0031 15 260 2222 for foreign calls).
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Delft