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Approval and proof of identity of private security and investigation agencies staff

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If you want to hire people for your private security firm or detective agency, you need permission. Read more.

Do you want to hire people for your private security firm or detective agency? You need permission (in Dutch) from your local chief of police for every single employee.

Permission for employees

You apply for permission for all your employees to the office of the chief of police in your area. The police screens your employee(s) for reliability and professional competence. They do so for all employees, even those who do not perform security or detective work. They will also ensure the employee has the right qualifications (in Dutch). It is possible to have an equivalent foreign diploma recognised.


Once you have permission, you can apply for a special identification document (in Dutch) for your employee, signed by the local chief of police. Your employees are required to carry this special proof of identity at work at all times. Your organisation must keep a secure register of your employees’ identity documents.

The document is valid for 3 years at most. You need to renew your employees' identification 2 months in advance. When you collect their new identification with the local police in person, you need to return the expired document. If your employee quits working in security, you as an employer have to return the document in person to the chief of police. If you fail to do so, you may be fined.

Foreign employees

Foreign security personnel and detectives, who wish to work in the Netherlands, must provide proof of their reliability and qualifications. To do so, they must request 'Recognition of EU professional qualifications' (Erkenning van EG-beroepskwalificaties, in Dutch) at the judiciary service Justis (Ministry of Justice and Security).

Approval for managers

Approval from the Minister of Justice and Security is required for managers. You must submit a separate application to Justis for each manager (in Dutch). Approval is obligatory for anyone performing mangement tasks and those who have a say in the running of your organisation.

If a manager works as a security or investigation officer as well, they need a separate approval for this.

Declaration of reliability of alarm installers

Private alarm centres in the Netherlands may only have alarm equipment installed and maintained by certified installers. These installers must possess a declaration of reliability issued by their local police force. They should apply for this declaration (in Dutch) themselves.

Online application procedure via Message Box

Private alarm centres and detective agencies can submit an application for approval also via Message Box. Message Box is a secure e-mail system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

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