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Companies in the Netherlands can use a certificate of good conduct for legal entities (Verklaring omtrent het gedrag rechtspersonen, VOGrp) to demonstrate their integrity to government agencies, partners and other businesses. This document may be required when entering into a contract or when applying to become a member of a sector organisation.
How to apply?
The VOGrp application (Dutch) must be submitted by a representative of the legal entity to the Central Agency for Certificates of Good Conduct (Centraal Orgaan Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, COVOG). COVOG is part of Justis Department (Ministry of Justice and Security). They will issue the VOGrp within 8 weeks.
The VOGrp certificate is not meant for self-employed professionals. Instead, they should apply for a certificate of good conduct for individuals to their local municipality.
Online application procedure via Message Box
If you require a Certificate of Good Conduct for a procedure that is subject to the Services Act, you can apply for this document to Justis Department also via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.