All businesses located in the Netherlands are registered in the Business Register at KVK. When a Dutch business ceases to operate, it has to deregister from this Business Register. This article explains how to go about this for the several Dutch legal business structures.
Deregistering your sole proprietorship
To deregister your eenmanszaak (sole proprietorship) at KVK, follow these steps:
- look up the company you want to deregister in the Business Register on the page for deregistration (in Dutch),
- and follow the steps of the online form.
Enter the date on which you want to end your business. This can also be a date in the past if you have already ended your business. Do not forget your name and phone number. You send your data digitally with DigiD. You transfer 1 euro cent so that the KVK can check your personal data.
Deregistering your sole proprietorship by post
You can also deregister your company by post. Use form 14: Business/branch details. Print the form, sign it, and send it to your regional KVK office. Also include a copy of a valid ID in the envelope. For example, a copy of your passport, ID card, driver's license, or Dutch identity card for aliens. The deregistration is free of charge.
Deregister your legal entity
To deregister a Dutch legal entity such as a bv or nv, you must first dissolve it. The board, the members, or the shareholders decide to dissolve during a meeting. If there is no debt or capital, the legal entity and the company can be immediately dissolved and thus deregistered. You notify KVK of the dissolution using form 17a: dissolution of a company, legal entity, or partnership. Print the form, sign it, and send it to your regional KVK office with a copy of a valid proof of ID. For example, your passport, ID card, driving licence, or Dutch identity card for aliens. If there is debt or capital, you must indicate this on the dissolution form. After your debts have been paid or your assets have been divided, you can deregister the legal entity and the company with form 17b: Termination of a legal entity. This can be on the date of the decision or at a future time. The deregistration is free of charge.
Dutch legal entities are bv (private limited company), nv (public limited company), coöperatie (cooperative), onderlinge waarborgmaatschappij (mutual insurance society), vereniging (association), and stichting (foundation). Read more.
Deregister your partnership
To deregister a general partnership (vof), a limited partnership (cv), or professional partnership (maatschap), you must dissolve it. You do this at KVK using form 17a: dissolution of a company, legal entity, or partnership. Your vof, cv, or professional partnership is dissolved by completing this form. It is then also deregistered immediately. Indicate on the form the date on which you want to end the company. You and all other partners or ‘maten’ must co-sign. The end date can be a date in the past or in the future. Print the form, sign it, and send it to your regional KVK office with a copy of a valid proof of ID. For example, your passport, ID card, driving licence, or Dutch identity card for aliens. Once KVK receives the signed form, it will immediately deregister your partnership. No further action is required. The deregistration is free of charge.