Register your maatschap

Register, take over, or transfer a maatschap. Or change another legal structure to a maatschap.

Before registering

1. Contact the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) or the municipality if you have benefits.

Do you want to start a business while you are receiving unemployment benefits (uitkering)? If so, discuss your plans with the UWV first. Or, if you are on social assistance benefit (bijstand), with your municipality.

2. More about the maatschap (professional partnership)

Do you want to carry out your profession with others as an independent entrepreneur? For example, as a dentist, architect, physiotherapist, farmer, or lawyer? Then you can choose to set up a professional partnership. Read more about the maatschap.

3. The difference between natural and non-natural persons

A natural person is a human being (a person of flesh and blood). Non-natural persons are organisations, for example a bv, cv, vof, cooperative, stichting, or maatschap. This page focuses on registering a maatschap with natural persons. You can also:

Checklist for registering a maatschap

1. Log in with DigiD

First determine which of the partners will start the registration.

2. Fill in the registration form

Fill in all sections of the digital registration form step by step. Logged out in between? No problem. Your data will be saved.

3. Check your details

You need a fully completed form to make an appointment and register your partnership. Did you fill in your details incorrectly? This can be corrected during the appointment

4. Make an appointment

Have you completed the registration form? Then you can immediately make an appointment at a KVK office of your choice. You can easily change or cancel the appointment online.

5. Change or cancel your registration

Log in again with DigiD. Choose lopende inschrijving ('current registration') and then inschrijving bewerken ('edit registration') to edit your registration. Or click on the bin icon to delete everything. The appointment, if previously made, will also be deleted.

Registering UBOs

UBOs (ultimate beneficial owners) are the ultimate stakeholders of an organisation. You need to register these when you start a new maatschap. First determine who the UBOs of your organisation are. Then complete form 32 and bring it with you to your appointment.

About the appointment

All partners must come in person to identify themselves with a valid proof of identity. A KVK employee will check the identification documents and the completed forms.

Registration fee

Frequently asked questions

When you make an appointment, KVK sends you a confirmation email. In this email, there is a link you can use to view your appointment details. You can also use this link to change or cancel your appointment. If you cannot find the email, be sure to check your spam folder.

At Help & Contact you will find all frequently asked questions about DigiD.

Only one of the partners can do the registration. You can help someone else do the registration, but a partner must log in themselves using their own DigiD.

We recommend recording mutual agreements in a partnership contract. This also sets out the authorities. Take the partnership contract with you to your appointment at the KVK or, if you do not have to make an appointment, send it by post.  

You register your business 1 week before or after the start of business activities. Prepare your registration online. Then schedule an appointment for the identification check and the completion of your registration. You will then immediately receive your KVK number. Registering is possible at any KVK office in the Netherlands.

You can also visit us earlier for the check of your pre-completed details and proof of identity. This is possible up to a maximum of 3 months before your start date. In this case, you will receive your KVK number by post in the week prior to your start date. You can schedule an appointment up to 8 weeks in advance.

You will receive a KVK number when you register in the Business Register. You can register from 1 week before the start date of your company, but you can also visit the KVK earlier to prepare your registration. You can do this up to 3 months before the start date. In this case, the actual registration (with KVK number) will take effect 1 week before the start date of your company. You do not need to return to the KVK offices for this.

Registration in the preparation phase is possible in some cases. Preparations include ordering goods, applying for permits, or renting business premises. To complete the registration, make an appointment online by logging in with DigiD. Registration is possible at any KVK office in the Netherlands.

All the FAQs about UBOs can be found under Help & Contact. 

You do not need to register separately with the Netherlands Tax Administration. You submit information when preparing your registration, which the KVK forwards in digital form to the Tax Administration. You will receive a letter of confirmation for your registration with the Tax Administration. After around 10 working days, you will receive a notification from the Tax Administration.

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