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Applying for eHerkenning

This information is provided by:Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVONetherlands Enterprise Agency RVONetherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVKNetherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVKNederlandse versie

Do you do business with a Dutch government organisation? Such as applying for a permit or a subsidy? You can do this online with eHerkenning. A safe way to log in to various government organisations. Read here what exactly eHerkenning is and how to request a login.

What is eHerkenning?

eHerkenning is a kind of DigiD for companies. Herkenning means recognition. With DigiD, you as a citizen can log in securely at various government agencies. Companies do this via eHerkenning. The big advantage is that you need only 1 way to log in to multiple agencies. With eHerkenning you can, for example, apply for a permit or subsidy.

For which companies is eHerkenning?

eHerkenning is a business login tool and is only intended for companies that are registered with the Chamber of Commerce KVK. That is an important condition.

Affiliated Organisations

You can use eHerkenning to log in to a large number of organisations. Think of municipalities, water boards, provinces, ministries and implementing organisations. For example, you can apply for a Certificate of conduct for individuals online with eHerkenning from the Ministry of Security and Justice.

Request eHerkenning

Unlike with DigiD, the government is not the issuer of eHerkenning. You do not request the eHerkenning login from the government but from a recognised provider. And you must pay for the application and use of eHerkenning. How much you pay depends on the provider and the service you purchase. In the supplier overview, you will find all approved suppliers and their products and prices.

Check what assurance level you need

You do various things with the government via eHerkenning. One requires a higher level of assurance than the other. That is why eHerkenning has logins at 4 levels of assurance. To apply for an environmental permit, for example, you need a login at level 1. But for a patent application, level 4 applies. Your passport or identity card will then be checked. The service provider where you want to log in indicates which assurance level you need for its online service.

These are the 4 assurance levels:

  • EH2: login with a username and strong password.
  • EH2+: log in with a username, password and an additional SMS or PIN code.
  • EH3: Log in with a username, password and an additional SMS code, PIN code (via token) or app with a QR code.
  • EH4: Log in with a PKI certificate (a digital signature) or 2-factor authentication. PKI stands for Public Key Infrastructure. A PKI certificate makes it possible to communicate securely online with Dutch banks and the tax administration.

eHerkenning is personal

An eHerkenning login is personal. You cannot share or transfer it. So, you request eHerkenning per person and per service. For services with an assurance level of 2 or higher, authorisations are mandatory. For you, and for all employees who do business with the government on behalf of your company. This authorisation must be registered with your eHerkenning supplier. And can only be given by an authorised person within your organisation or a permission manager.

eHerkenning for multiple companies

You can link different KVK numbers to one eHerkenning. You can also arrange authorisations for your employees per KVK number. Your supplier can help you with this.

Chain authorisation for eHerkenning

You can also authorise an organisation, which then gives your employee(s) permission to log in. This is called chain authorisation. All suppliers of eHerkenning support this. But you cannot log in to all government service providers via a chain authorisation.

Reimbursement eHerkenning tool for tax return

Have you purchased the eHerkenning tool 'Belastingdienst eH3 login tool' for your tax return? Then you can apply for compensation at

Is eHerkenning mandatory?

With the arrival of the Digital Government Act (wet Digitale Overheid), the national government is making the use of eHerkenning mandatory for government organisations. In addition, more and more (government) organisations are asking to log in with eHerkenning.