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Dutch business register

22.05.2017

In the Netherlands it is compulsory for every company and legal entity to register in the Dutch Business Register, in Dutch named Handelsregister or Kamer van Koophandel (KvK). You should determine your business form first. Learn more about business forms and legal entities in the Netherlands.

Registering your business

You can list your company in the Dutch business register when it's already listed in another country or not, if it doesn’t have offices in the Netherlands yet, or if it only supplies staff to the Netherlands. You should register your business one week before, or maximum one week after, you started operating in the Netherlands.

Depending on your company's legal form, the following persons may submit registration forms:

  • Owner of the sole proprietorship
  • Partners of a general partnership
  • General partners of a limited partnership
  • A civil-law notary of a private limited company

Under special circumstances, other individuals may be authorized to register the business. Van Eert accountants and advisers can inform you regarding these special circumstances.

When you enroll your business in the Dutch business register, your business will automatically be registered with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration as well, or in Dutch: belastingdienst.

How to register your business

To enter your business in the Dutch business register, you have to go to the Chamber of Commerce in person, with valid personal identification. When you are the director of a company abroad, and you are also living abroad, you do not have to appear in person. You can send the documents electronically instead.

Documents you’ll need to register your business in the Netherlands:

  • A registration form. This form will state whether you have to provide any other documents, for example documents like a franchise agreement. You can get this form via the KvK.
  • A valid ID, which could be a passport or driving license.

As a statutory requirement, all forms are in Dutch and also have to be completed in Dutch. To help you complete them, most forms are available in English. Van Eert accountants and advisers can also completely take over this responsibility for you. Any copies or transcripts provided, need to be certified as true copies.

You'll be charged a one-time fee of €50 when registering your business in the Netherlands.

After registration

After registering your business in the Netherlands, you'll receive a unique registration number existing out of eight digits. This is your company registration number, which is referred to as a KvK nummer in the Netherlands. This company registration number has to be communicated on all outgoing correspondence. Once you have entered your business in the Dutch business register, you can start actually doing business in the Netherlands.

Van Eert Accountants and Advisers can help you register your business in the Netherlands

As we mentioned before, not all forms for the Dutch business register are available in English. Van Eert Accountants and Advisers is happy to help you register your business in the Netherlands. We can also provide information and assistance about other matters regarding doing business in the Netherlands. We are experts in the field of Dutch tax regulations and corporate law for example. If you would like more information regarding the Dutch business register, please do not hesitate to contact us.