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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 purchased 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.


On 29 September 2018, the eIDAS regulation comes into force. eIDAS stands for 'Electronic Identities And Trust Services'. eIDAS will eventually enable European citizens and businesses to access digital services in other European countries, further facilitating cross-border entrepreneurship The Netherlands Enterprise Agency is making preparations to facilitate eIDAS as the various EU countries roll out their eIdentity systems. Find out more about eIDAS and the digital governmentExternal link (in Dutch).

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