- 14 Jul 2023
- Edited 15 May 2023
- 1 min
- Managing and growing
Each branch of a business or legal entity in the Business Register has a unique 12-digit branch number.
Where can you find the branch number?
Search the Business Register (in Dutch) by company name, address or KVK number to find the branch number in the search results.
The branch number also appears in the Business Register extract, address selection, update subscription, and file comparison.
New branch number format
Previously, branches of companies or legal entities had a 4-digit serial number (sub-file number). Under the old system, this 4-digit serial number was combined with the 8-digit KVK number to form a branch number.
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No branch number
Many verenigingen (associations), stichtingen (foundations), VVEs (owners associations), as welll as some legal entities under public law do not have branches and, therefore, no branch numbers. Any legal entity that has a branch must officially register this branch.
The branch number is linked to the KVK number, but not in a way that can be derived from the branch number composition. The KVK number is included in information products, such as the Business Register extract, if relevant.
A branch always keeps its allotted number, unless both the activity and the address change at the same time.
You do not have to use the branch number in your commercial activities. That means you do not have to mention the branch number on your stationery, invoices, or website. You do need to include the KVK number.
The branch number remains the same only if the branch is transferred to a different company. In all other cases, the branch number changes.