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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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
If you are submitting the request digitally, you will also need the following:
Authorizing someone else
If you have authorized someone to request a certificate of good conduct for you, that person will need the following documents:
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.