A DigiD is a digital identification method which is used to get access to your personal details online. More and more (governmental) organisations communicate with their clients online for instance for filing tax returns, make an appointment, arrange insurance or apply for benefits. A digital method for identification is therefore necessary.
If you go to your City Hall or to the counter of a different organisation, in many cases you will have to proof your identity using your passport, residence pass or driving licence. Online, you can proof your identity by logging in with your DigiD so the organisation will know that it really is you they are dealing with.
Applying for DIGID is not mandatory but highly recommended!
How does DigiD work?
For example: you will move to another address, you will visit the website of the municipality in the city you live. You will then automatically be redirected from the local council’s website to the DigiD login page. Here you enter your DigiD username and password. You will then automatically be redirected to the local council’s website, where you can request the excerpt.
How to apply for your DigiD:
Go to digid.nl
The application process involves a number of steps:
- Fill in your details and choose your username and password. You will need your cell phone and your Dutch Citizens Service Number (Dutch: burgerservicenummer, BSN).
You will receive a letter with activation code within 5 working days by post mail.
You have to activate your DigiD with the activation code, your username and password. (within 5 days)
Note: your username and password are strictly personal. Therefore, make sure that you keep this information confidential and prevent others from misusing it. No-one may ask you for your username, password or activation code. Not via e-mail, not via telephone nor in any other way.
A guideline in English can be found in this DigiD information form: DigiD form
Extra verification via SMS & an app
If possible, apply for your DigiD with an extra verification step via SMS. You can then also log into websites that require this additional verification. If you already have a DigiD, you can apply for the extra verification step via SMS at My DigiD.
Using the DigiD is made easy by the DigiD-app, which you can download on your mobile device and install following the mentioned steps.