You can apply for a LEI if you are listed in the Business Register as an authorised representative and signatory of your organisation. You need to sign the application digitally; you need your DigiD and a personal Dutch IBAN to do so. The application is in Dutch.


What is a LEI?

A LEI is a unique number that enables financial supervisors - such as the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets, AFM - to track global transactions and take action where necessary. The goal is to improve the transparency of the financial markets, gain better control of the risks and protect investors.

The LEI has been laid down in investment company legislation  (MiFID II and EMIR). 

Who requires a LEI?

Entrepreneurs or legal entities who own shares or derivatives must possess a LEI. If you do not have a LEI, you may no longer be able to purchase or sell on the stock exchange. Contact your bank or asset manager in order to determine whether you need a LEI.


FAQ about LEI

A LEI is valid for 1 year after it has been issued or renewed. If you do not renew your LEI, its will lapse. A lapsed LEI may mean that your organisation can no longer conduct certain financial transactions, or be included in legal reports. For more information, contact your bank or capital manager.

We will notify you via email 8 weeks prior to your LEI renewal date. In some cases, we will ask you to provide additional information about the company group structure by filling out a renewal form. You will receive a link to the form in the email.

We will send you an invoice 4 weeks prior to the renewal date. On the renewal date itself we will send you a confirmation that your LEI has been renewed. If you have not paid the invoice by then, make sure you do. 

Do you not wish to renew your LEI, or do you want to cancel the renewal? Then use the link provided in the email we send you to render the LEI inactive. Or do it right now (in Dutch).

Everyone registered in the Business Register as an official for an organisation can apply for a LEI. You do need a DigiD to apply for a LEI, and you need to make a 1-cent payment via iDEAL. This enables KVK to check that you are indeed authorised to apply for the LEI. 

If you do not have a DigiD, you can apply for one, even if you live abroad

Not sure whether your bank allows iDEAL payments? Check this overview of iDEAL partners. If you prefer not to make a 1-cent payment, you can add an ID-check to the DigiD-app (in Dutch).

Have you chosen to end the active status of your LEI yourself? You can re-apply for a new LEI. Did your LEI expire because you did not supply the Level 2 Data? You can reactivate your LEI by filling in the (Dutch) renewal form.

Yes, in the form we ask you to add documents as proof of the direct or ultimate relationship with your parent company. Examples are: a consolidated financial statement, a declaration of consent, a contract, or another official document that features both your and the parent company's name.

Your organisation's LEI becomes inactive if:

  • the legal structure of your organisation and the KVK number change. LEIs are connected to legal structures. Do you want to order a LEI for your new legal structure? Apply for a new LEI.  
  • your organisation is deregistered from the Business Register; 
  • you or another authorised official of your organisation fills out the form to render your LEI inactive (in Dutch). The LEI will remain active until its expiration date. 

Terms and Conditions

Read the terms and conditions for the LEI.

KVK officially certified

The LEI Register of KVK has been officially certified by the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF). Check the official Accreditation Certificate. More information about the GLEIF can be found on their website