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.
Municipality of Heerenveen: Applying for a Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (VOG)
Please note: you can apply for a Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag – VOG (certificate of conduct) only if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality
Apply through your employer
Your employer or client will prepare the VOG application online and you check the details and pay online.
Apply for a VOG at the town hall
Would you like to request a Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) in person? Fill in the application form that you received or that you downloaded from the website of the Justis Service. Please note: the person who wants a VOG from you must also fill in part of the form. Go to the town hall with the completed application form. Do you make an appointment first?
What do you bring?
- Your valid ID
- The fully completed VOG application form
A VOG costs: € 41.35.
You will receive the VOG or the refusal within 4 weeks at the address you specify in the application. Usually it takes a week and a half.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Heerenveen