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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.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Request a statement of conduct

With a Declaration on Behavior (VOG) you show that you have behaved well in the past. Employers and other organizations can request this. You can apply for the VOG at Justis or at the municipality.


Employers and other organizations can ask for a Declaration on Behavior (VOG). With a VOG you show that your behavior is no objection to a certain task or position. Justis investigates whether you have committed a crime in the past. For example, a VOG is mandatory for teachers, novice taxi drivers and people in childcare. A VOG may also be required if you:

  • apply for a visa or work permit
  • temporarily works
  • to work as a volunteer

The VOG is free for volunteers who work with vulnerable people. The organization for which you volunteer will prepare the application for you. For more information, visit the Justis website.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee

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Last updated on 26 September 2022