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Applying for eHerkenning

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eHerkenning is a digital system for businesses to securely log in to Dutch government organisations. Learn how to apply and use eHerkenning.

Do you want to do business online with a Dutch government organisation? You may need to log in with eHerkenning. For example, if you need to file tax returns, you want to apply for a permit, or if you want to apply for a subsidy.

What is eHerkenning?

More and more government organisations require eHerkenning to use their services digitally. eHerkenning ensures government organisations know exactly with which company and with whom they are dealing. It also shows if these people are authorised to act on behalf of that company. An eIdentity (EID) key (eHerkenningsmiddel) can be purchased from recognised service providers.

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 more about how to apply for eHerkenning.

How to apply for eHerkenning

To purchase an eHerkenning key in the Netherlands follow these steps:

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e-Identification for foreign businesses

Foreign entrepreneurs cannot use Dutch eHerkenning tools. To purchase eHerkenning, you must be registered in the Dutch Business Register. This is not always an option for foreign entrepreneurs. To enable businesses and citizens in the EU to use e-identification 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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