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Applying for a permit or subsidy with eHerkenning

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If you want to do business online with a Dutch government organisation, you may need to login with eHerkenning, a standardised login system. For instance, if you want to apply for a permit or a subsidy.

More and more government organisations are making their services digitally available through eHerkenning. It ensures they know exactly with which company and with whom they are dealing, as well as whether these people are authorised to act on behalf of that company. An eIdentity (EID) key (eHerkenningsmiddel) can be purchased from recognised service providers. Find out more about the Digital Government Agenda.

In the Netherlands, there are two different eIdentity systems:

eHerkenning has been approved by the EU, this means you can use it to contact any European government body that offers its services digitally. Read about how to apply for eHerkenning.

Checklist for purchasing an eHerkenning key

Follow these steps if you want to purchase an eHerkenning key in the Netherlands:

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Foreign businesses

Foreign entrepreneurs cannot use Dutch eHerkenning tools. To purchase eHerkenning, registration in the Dutch Business Register is mandatory - this is not always an option for foreign entrepreneurs. To make it possible for businesses and citizens in the EU to use e-identifiction cross-border, the eIDAS regulation came into force. As a result of the eIDas regulation, entrepreneurs from the EU can log in with a recognised European means of electronic identification

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