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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

Please note: you can only apply for a Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (certificate of conduct, VOG) if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality

Print the application form from Justis, the Ministry of Justice and Security’s screening authority and fill it in together with your employer. Hand in the form at the municipality where you are registered. Make an appointment first. You must also take valid proof of identity with you, such as your passport or driving licence.

2023 rates

  • €33.85 for an online application through your employer (eHerkenning).
  • €41.35 when applying via the municipality

In some cases, the VOG is free of charge. You can find more information on the website (in Dutch).

You will receive either the VOG certificate or a notice of refusal within 4 weeks at the address specified in the application.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Maastricht

Visiting address

Mosae Forum 10

6211DW Maastricht

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Last updated on 26 September 2022