Information about Digital Identification (DigiD) in English

4 Aug 2016 | Genoveva Geppaart

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DigiD (short for Digital Identification) is a form of online ID that allows you access to many services and government websites in the Netherlands. The DigiD consists of a username and password that are linked to your personal public service number (BSN).

When do you need a DigiD?

You need a DigiD to do your government-related administration online in the Netherlands. This includes doing your taxes, applying for a government benefit, checking your Dutch pension or health insurance, and many other actions.

Information in English

Most information about the DigiD is in Dutch. To help internationals, there is a guide available explaining how to apply step by step for a DigiD. You can find it on

The municipality of The Hague has translated the DigiD forms into English. You can find these at



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