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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.

There are several ways to apply for a VOG:

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

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Applying for a Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (VOG) in the Netherlands

You can apply for a VOG online at the Justis Service if your employer has eHerkenning. If your employer does not have this, you can apply for a VOG digitally or in person from the municipality.

Please note: you can apply for a VOG (certificate of conduct) only if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality. If you are not registered with a Dutch municipality, you can submit your application directly to Dienst Justis.

Apply for a VOG at Dienst Justis
Your employer or client will prepare the VOG application online and you check the details and pay online.

Apply for a VOG at the municipality
You can apply digitally for a VOG:

Apply for a VOG with DigiD

Please enclose a scan of a completed  VOG application form. Or you can apply for the VOG in person at the town hall. You must make an appointment for this. You must bring a valid proof of identity and a completed VOG application form.

  • VOG at the Justis Service: € 33,85. With your online application you pay these costs directly via iDEAL.
  • VOG via municipality: € 41,35. You pay the VOG at the town hall or with your online application via iDEAL.

(rates 2024)

You will receive the VOG or the refusal within 4 weeks at the address you specify in the application.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Elburg

Visiting address

Zuiderzeestraatweg Oost 19

8081LA Elburg

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Last updated on 26 September 2022