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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 (in Dutch) must be submitted by a representative of the legal entity to Justis (see address under link) or digitally via Message Box.
The Justis Department (Ministry of Justice and Security) screens the applicant for criminal offences relevant to the sector for which the VOG is being applied for. If none are found Justis issues a VOGrp within 8 weeks. A VOGrp Frequently Asked Questions (in Dutch) has been compiled for more information or you can consult the English Applying for a VOG FAQ or After applying for a VOG FAQ.
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.