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Uniform requirement for private security firms

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In the Netherlands, private security officers must wear a uniform. The uniform must meet the requirements set by the Minister of Justice and Security. It must have the prescribed emblem (V-sign). Distinguishing marks and dark blue uniforms may not resemble police marks and uniforms.

Obtaining approval for your uniform

You have to submit colour photos in which the design of the uniform and the distinguishing marks are clearly visible. Send these photos to the judiciary service Justis (Ministry of Justice and Security). If you change the uniform, you must re-apply for permission.

Exemption from the uniform requirement

For personal security and shop surveillance staff, the uniform requirement can be waived. You can apply for an exemption to the chief of police in your police districtExternal link.


Private security firm employees and detective agencies in the Netherlands are prohibited from carrying or using handcuffs as part of their work. In exceptional cases, they can obtain permission for carrying handcuffs on their person. This permission is granted by the Minister of Justice and Security, in consultation with the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

Digital application with Message Box

Detective agencies can also request permission from Justis Department digitally via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system which allows you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government organisations.

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