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 Midden-Delfland: Applying for a Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (VOG)
A Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) is proof of good behaviour. Employers or organizations can request a VOG. For example, if you are going to work in childcare or education, but also if you apply for a firearms permit.
Teachers, taxi drivers and people who work in childcare must have a VOG. You may also need a VOG because:
- a future employer asks for this -
- you want to volunteer and the organization asks for it
- you are self-employed and a client asks for this
- you are applying for a visa
- you want to join a shooting club
- you move abroad
Justis is the government organization that handles all applications for a VOG.
- If you have not committed any criminal offences, you will receive the VOG.
- If you have committed criminal offences, further investigation is required. Justis examines whether the criminal offenses are important for the application. If these are not important, you will still receive the VOG. You can see for yourself whether you qualify for a VOG. Justis developed the VOG check for this. This check calculates whether you have a high, medium or low chance of a VOG. This check is anonymous. Your data will not be saved.
Do you need the VOG yourself because your (new) employer asks for it? See how to apply for it in three steps.
- completed and signed application form
- all the documents you need to attach according to the application form
- valid ID
Authorize someone else
If you apply to the municipality for the VOG for someone else, that person will bring the following:
- completed application form with all requested documents
- authorization letter
- copy of your ID
- his or her own identity card
You can apply for a VOG in various ways.
Apply for a VOG through the municipality
- You will receive a form from your employer or other organization.
- You submit this fully completed form to the municipality where you are registered.
Apply for VOG online
You can only apply for a VOG online if the application has been prepared online by your employer or other organization.
- You will receive an e-mail that you need a VOG.
- You can log in with your DigiD via a link in this e-mail.
- You check the data.
- You confirm that the data is correct.
Request a VOG directly from Justis
You must apply for the VOG directly from Justis if you:
- does not appear in the Personal Records Database (BRP) or
- if you do not have a permanent place of residence or residence.
Authorize someone else
Someone else may also apply for the VOG for you. We call this empowerment.
- Indicate in a letter to whom you authorize and sign the letter.
- With this letter, the authorized person goes to the municipality.
- This person must have your ID (or a copy of it) with them.
- The person must also be able to identify himself.
VOG application: € 41.35
Voluntary organizations that work with children or people with intellectual disabilities can qualify for a free VOG.
Within 8 weeks of receipt of your application, Justis will make a decision. Justis decides on behalf of the State Secretary for Security and Justice whether you will receive a VOG. In practice, you will usually receive a VOG within one and a half weeks. If research by Justis shows that you have been in contact with the Ministry of Justice, Justis will check whether this is relevant to the purpose for which the statement was requested. In that case it often takes more than 2 weeks before you receive a message.
- VOG: you will be notified within 4 weeks of receiving your application.
- VOG RP: you will be notified within 8 weeks of receipt of your application.
If Justis is unable to issue a VOG, you will be notified in writing. You can object by letter. In this you explain why you should receive the VOG. After receiving your objection, Justis will make a final decision. If that is a rejection, you can object again. You may submit the decision to the administrative court.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Midden-Delfland