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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 (eRecognition), 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 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) token (eHerkenningsmiddel) can be purchasee from recognised service providers.

Checklist for purchasing an eHerkenning token

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

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Foreign businesses

Foreign entrepreneurs cannot use Dutch eHerkenning tools. To purchase eHerkenning, registration in the Dutch Commercial Register is mandatory - this is not always an option for foreign entrepreneurs. Therefore, they need to register with Answers for BusinessExternal link, which is part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland, RVO.nl).

So far, foreign businesses only have limited access to Dutch government organisations using their own national eIdentity token. German and Belgian agricultural businesses, for example, can already access the National Enterprise Agency's (RVO) online service counter. However, in January 2017 RVO started a project to increase the possibilities for foreign logins in the Netherlands. In the project 3 organisations are involved: RVO, CIBG (healthcare) and CJIB (executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security).

According to European law, all EU countries should be able to accept foreign (EU) e-Identifiers by 29 September 2018. The RVO project is making preparations to facilitate this development.

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