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Certificate of good conduct

  • Wat is het?

    What is it?

    • For certain jobs you will need a certificate of good conduct (in Dutch VOG).
    • This certificate is issued by the Minister of Security and Justice.
    • You can apply for a certificate of good conduct yourself. Sometimes you will receive an application form from your employer.
    • Legal persons may also apply for a certificate of good conduct.

    Free certificate of good conduct for volunteers

    As of the January 1, 2015 a large group of volunteers can apply for a free certificate of good conduct. In addition to volunteers working with children, volunteers that work with people with mental disabilities can also apply for a free certificate of good conduct. It is possible to complete the request without payment. In order to do this, the certificate must the requested digitally at Justis. More information on this can be found on the website of Justis (in Dutch), the screening authority of the government.

  • Hoe werkt het?

    How does it work?

    A certificate of good conduct is mandatory for teachers, taxi drivers, and persons that work in childcare. In some other cases it might also be mandatory to apply for a certificate of good conduct. For example when you work as a volunteer. Or if you have applied for a visa or for certain registrations (memberships or enrolments) you might need to apply for a certificate of good conduct. It might be possible that while you are living and registered abroad, you need a certificate of good conduct.

    A company, foundation or association can apply for a certificate of good conduct for legal entities. If you are self-employed (in Dutch ZZP’er), than you should not apply for a certificate of good conduct for legal entities but for the certificate for persons.

    Justis, the screening authority of the government, deals with all the certificate applications. They examine if someone has committed criminal offenses. If this is not the case, you will receive the certificate of good conduct. If criminal offenses have been committed, Justus will examine if these incidents are relevant for the purpose for which you are requesting the certificate.

  • Wat moet ik doen?

    What should I do?

    Apply for certificate of good conduct yourself

    You can download the application form from the website of Justis. Sometimes you might receive the form from your future employer. There is also a form in English available.

    • Fill in the details and sign it.
    • Submit the form in person at the municipality. You will also pay directly.
    • You will receive a written notification if you are granted the certificate of good conduct.

    Electronic request certificate of good conduct

    An organisation can request you to apply for a certificate of good conduct online. However this is only possible when you possess a DigiD. This means that you do not have to go the municipality personally. This also costs less then requesting the certificate of good conduct personally. Your future employee will prepare the request. After that you will need to do the following:

    • You will receive an email with a link to a web application.
    • You log in with your DigiD credentials.
    • After you have filled in your information, you will pay via iDEAL.
    • You will receive a written notice if you will receive the certificate of good conduct.

    Authorise someone to request the certificate of good conduct

    It is possible to let someone else request the certificate of good conduct for you. Therefore you will need to authorize that person. In a letter you indicate who you are authorizing to request the certificate of good conduct for you.

    Certificate of good conduct for company, association or foundation

    The request for a certificate of good conduct for legal entities needs to be submitted by a representative of the legal entity. This should be someone that is empowered based on the statues or authority that is granted. The procedure is as follows:

    • Download the application form for the certificate of good conduct for legal entities (in Dutch VOG RP) from the website of Justis.
    • Fill in all the details about the organisation and the persons that hold important positions in the organisation.
    • Send the completed form together with all the required documents to Justis.
    • Pay the fee. Once this has been paid, Justis will start working on your request.
    • You will receive a written note if you are granted the certificate of good conduct.

    Rejection of certificate of good conduct

    If you do not qualify for a certificate of good conduct Justis will send an “intention to reject”. This statement will explain why your request is rejected. You can respond to this through sending a letter explaining why you should be granted a certificate of good conduct. If you receive a final rejection after this letter, you can object within 6 weeks of the final decision.

  • Wat heb ik nodig?

    What do I need?

    • The completed and signed application form.
    • All documents that you must enclose according to the application.
    • Valid identification (or a copy of it when you are submitting a request for certificate of good conduct for legal entities).

    If you are submitting the request digitally, you will also need the following:

    • E-mail address
    • DigiD login code
    • Your information for online banking

    Authorizing someone else

    If you have authorized someone to request a certificate of good conduct for you, that person will need the following documents:

    • The completed form with all the requested documents.
    • An authorization letter.
    • Copy of your identification.
    • The identification of the person that is authorized.

    Emigration, visa or foreign work permit

    If you are emigrating or applying for a visa or foreign work permit, make sure that you possess an official document of the embassy, consulate or employer that contains all the information that is asked for on the application form for a certificate of good conduct.

  • Hoe lang duurt het?

    How long does it take?

    • Certificate of good conduct for individuals: you will receive a written notification within 4 weeks of receiving your application.
    • Certificate of good conduct for legal entities: you will receive a written notification within 8 weeks of receiving your application.
    • Certificate of good conduct for persons working in childcare: you will receive a written notification within 4 weeks of receiving your application.
  • Wat kost het ?

    What are the costs?

    2019:

    €41,35

    2018:

    €41,35

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