Child benefit

How to request a DigiD code

Below, we will explain how to apply for a DigiD code. To apply for a DigiD code, you need a Burgerservicenummer (BSN). Your BSN will be provided by your local municipality in the Netherlands. On your arrival in the Netherlands, you should register as soon as possible with the population register of the municipality where you will be living. If you can show a valid proof of identity, the municipality will give you a Burgerservicenummer (BSN). You need a BSN even if you will be living in the Netherlands on a temporary basis.

What is a DigiD code?

A DigiD code is an electronic signature that you need for contacts with Dutch government agencies, including municipalities, the Belastingdienst (Tax and Customs Administration), and the Sociale Verzekeringsbank.

How to apply for a DigiD code

Applying for a DigiD code is free of charge and can be quickly and easily done online. Go to website Please note that the questions you need to answer are only available in Dutch. You need to fill in the following:

  • Your burgerservicenummer (the BSN you received from your municipality)
  • Your geboortedatum (fill in your date of birth)
  • Your postcode (fill in the postcode of your home address in the Netherlands)
  • Your huisnummer (fill in the house number of your Dutch address)

NB: remember to accept the conditions at the bottom of the form Ik accepteer de gebruiksvoorwaarden).

Choose your username and password for your DigiD code

Your username and password will be your personal signature, which is strictly confidential and should never be shown to anyone else. If you have someone who handles your affairs for you, for example, an accountant, he or she can apply for a personal DigiD code as your representative. Please note that your DigiD code will expire if it has not been used for a period of 18 months. If your DigiD code has expired you will have to apply for a new one.