How to Get a Police Certificate – The Netherlands

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this isn’t the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? No. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will send you a letter requesting a police certificate after you send your Application for Permanent Residence. You must provide that letter when you apply for a Police Certificate.

Name of document(s) to get: Certificate of Good Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag - VOG)

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of The Netherlands:

If you live in The Netherlands:

If you are registered in the Municipal Records Database (BRP), you should apply at the Population Affairs Department (Burgerzaken/Publiekszaken) of your municipality or you can appoint a representative to apply on your behalf to the Population Affairs Department of the municipality where you are registered in the BRP.

If you are not registered in the BRP, you should apply directly to the Ministry of Justice (Justis) by emailing your application, documents and payment details to vog.np.rni@minvenj.nl

If you live outside of The Netherlands:

If you are still registered in the Municipal Records Database (BRP), you can appoint a representative to apply on your behalf to the Population Affairs Department (Burgerzaken/Publiekszaken) of your former municipality.

If you are not registered in the BRP, you should apply directly to the Ministry of Justice (Justis) by mailing your application, documents and payment details by post mail or email to:

Justis
T.a.v. Afdeling COVOG
Postbus 16115
2500 BC Den Haag
vog.np.rni@minvenj.nl

If you are not a citizen of The Netherlands:

If you live in The Netherlands:

If you are registered in the Municipal Records Database (BRP), you should apply at the Population Affairs Department (Burgerzaken/Publiekszaken) of your municipality or you can appoint a representative to apply on your behalf to the Population Affairs Department of the municipality where you are registered in the BRP.

If you are not registered in the BRP, you should apply directly to the Ministry of Justice (Justis) by mailing your application, documents and payment details by post mail or email to:

Justis
T.a.v. Afdeling COVOG
Postbus 16115
2500 BC Den Haag
vog.np.rni@minvenj.nl

If you live outside of The Netherlands:

If you are registered in the Municipal Records Database (BRP), you can appoint a representative to apply on your behalf to the Population Affairs Department (Burgerzaken/Publiekszaken) of your former municipality.

If you are not registered in the BRP, you should apply directly to the Ministry of Justice (Justis) by mailing your application, documents and payment details by post mail or email to:

Justis
T.a.v. Afdeling COVOG
Postbus 16115
2500 BC Den Haag
vog.np.rni@minvenj.nl

Information and documents you need:

  • The official letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada requesting a police certificate. You can print/scan a copy of this page along with information from either the application kit or any email communication you received from a Canadian Mission requesting this police certificate.
  • Completed application form (available in English and Dutch)
  • A valid passport
  • Applicable fees

Special notes and considerations

The Certificate of Good Conduct is issued in Dutch with a portion translated in English at the bottom. It is not necessary to have it translated.

Please note that Ministry of Justice may refuse to issue you a Certificate of Good Conduct if you have a criminal record. In this case, you should write to the Central Criminal Records Office (Justitiële Informadienst, Postbus 227, 7600 AH Almelo) to obtain a copy of your criminal record which will require a translation in English or French.

For more information on fees, processing times and to download the application forms, please consult the website of the Ministry of Justice (available in English and Dutch). To find out more information about receiving a copy of your criminal record, please consult the website of the Central Criminal Records Office (available in Dutch only).

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