Applying for a Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag (VOG)
Many jobs in the Netherlands require you to have a Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag – VOG (certificate of conduct). This also includes volunteer work. Examples are if you are going to work with confidential information or with children. A VOG shows that your behaviour is satisfactory for a new job. You may also need a VOG to apply for a visa or if you want to emigrate to another country.
Last updated on 15 September 2022
Applying for a VOG for employment, travel and migration
There are several ways to apply for a VOG:
- Are you registered with your municipality in the Basisregistratie Personen – BRP (Personal Records Database)? Then you or your employer can submit a fully completed application form to the municipality.
- Are you not registered with your municipality in the BRP? For example, if you are working in the Netherlands temporarily or living outside the Netherlands? Then send your application with all accompanying appendices to Justis by post (in Dutch). You can also download the application form from the Justis.nl website.
Applying for a VOG for business
Do you own a company or organisation that requires a VOG? Then you can apply for a VOG voor rechtspersonen – VOG RP (certificate of conduct for legal entities).
Applying for a VOG for volunteer work
Are you a volunteer? In some cases, you can apply for a free VOG (in Dutch). Your volunteer organisation can tell you more about this.