Requesting DigiD when you live abroad


If you live abroad and have a Citizen Service Number (BSN), you can request a DigiD free of charge at Activate your DigiD through the council - arrange an appointment beforehand.

Request a DigiD at before arranging an appointment

What you need to do

  1. Go to and choose Aanvragen (Request).
  2. Remember your username and password.
  3. Once you have made the request, you will receive a service desk code by email and text message.
  4. Activate the service desk code within 30 days. Do this in person at the service desk in Breda's city hall; arrange an appointment beforehand.
  5. After the appointment, you will be able to activate your DigiD at using: 
    • the activation code that you receive at the service desk
      Make sure to bring the mobile phone which you provided the phone number in the application
    • your username
    • your password

What you need to know

To apply for a DigiD, you must:

  • live abroad
  • have a valid passport or identity card
  • have a citizen service number (BSN)
  • be registered in the Non-Residents Records Database (RNI)
  • have a mobile phone on which you can receive text messages (sms)
  • have an email address

If you receive an error message when you make the request at, your details may be registered incorrectly in the RNI. You must first change your details in the RNI.

Take the following to the service desk

  • the service desk code (after your request at you will receive this by text message and email)
  • a valid passport or identity card (a Belgian residence card, E-card, is not sufficient)
  • all persons, including children, must be present in person
  • your citizen service number (BSN)
  • the mobile phone which you provided the phone number in the application
  • You can immediately activate your DigiD at Breda's city hall. Take your username and password with you.