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I live abroad

If you are a Dutch national living abroad, you can apply for a DigiD. If you already had a DigiD before you moved abroad, you can continue to use your DigiD.

To apply for a DigiD abroad, you must:

  • have the Dutch nationality
  • have a valid Dutch passport or valid Dutch identity card
  • have a citizen service number (BSN)
  • be registered in the Non-Residents Records Database (RNI)Externe link
  • have a mobile phone on which you can receive SMS messages
  • have an email address

Going to a service desk (mandatory)

If you have filled in the application form, you will receive a service desk code by SMS and email. With this code you can pick up your letter with the DigiD activation code at one of the DigiD service desks within 30 days.

Bring the following to the service desk:

  • service desk code (which you received by SMS and by email)
  • Dutch passport or Dutch identity card (for which you entered the document number in your application)
  • citizen service number
Please note: not every country has a DigiD service desk and some service desks require that you make an appointment first.

Applying for a DigiD abroad

Dutch state pension (AOW)

If you are receiving or will soon receive a Dutch state pensioen you do not have to go to a service desk. You can apply for your DigiD through the Social Insurance Bank (SVB: Sociale Verzekeringsbank)Externe link. You will receive the letter with your DigiD activation code at your address abroad.

More information

Information about DigiD is also available in French and Spanish on the websiteExterne link Netherlands Worldwide of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can also contactExterne link their helpdesk 24/7 for questions about DigiD.