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Companies in the Netherlands can use a certificate of good conduct for legal entities (Verklaring omtrent het gedrag rechtspersonen, VOG RP) to demonstrate their integrity to government agencies, partners and other businesses. When applying for a VOG RP the judicial history of a legal entity will be checked by Justis, the Dutch screening authority.
A VOG RP may be required when entering into a contract or when applying to become a member of a sector organisation. You also need this document if your company works with confidential data or vulnerable people.
How to apply?
The VOG RP application (in Dutch) must be submitted by a representative of the legal entity to Justis (see address under link) or digitally via Message Box. Justis will decide on your application within 4 to 8 weeks.
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 VOG RP within 8 weeks. For more information you can consult the English Applying for a VOG FAQ.
If your application for a certificate of good conduct is refused, Justis will let you know in writing. You can then submit your view to them. If Justis decides not to grant you a VOG RP, you can object (in Dutch).
The VOG RP 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.