Registering a Dutch eenmanszaak and making an appointment

Want to start a registration, continue with a registration, or make an appointment at KVK? Follow the steps below.

Making an appointment

1. Check whether you qualify as an entrepreneur

You want to register your business. But is it actually necessary? Read the 3 criteria and 4 questions to check whether it is.

2. If you receive an unemployment benefit, contact the UWV or municipality.

Do you want to start a business and do you receive an unemployment benefit? Then discuss it with the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). If you receive an assistance benefit discuss it with the municipality.

3. Do you already have a sole proprietorship ('eenmanszaak')?

It is not possible to have more than 1 'eenmanszaak'. So, if you already have an eenmanszaak, you cannot register another one. Check the information on your existing sole proprietorship.

4. Read up on privacy

KVK registers the details of your sole proprietorship in the Business Register and various customer systems. View our Privacy page to learn more.

How do I register my 'eenmanszaak'?

1. Log in with DigiD

Click the button to log in with DigiD (above). The online registration process is only in Dutch.

Please note: Only the owner of a sole proprietorship ('eenmanszaak') can register.

If you do not have a DigiD yet, simply apply for one via the DigiD website.

2. Complete the registration form

Complete the digital registration form step by step.

3. Check your details

Check the overview of all the information you have filled in. You must complete the form with the correct information to make an appointment and to register your company.

4. Make an appointment

Once you have completed the entire registration form, you can make an appointment directly online at a KVK office of your choice.

About the appointment

During your appointment, a KVK employee will check your identification and check whether you meet the registration conditions.

Costs for registration

Information in English

The registration process is in Dutch. You can use this pdf form to see which information we need from you in English and Dutch. Please be aware that you cannot use this form to register! 

Frequently asked questions about registering an eenmanszaak

Only the owner of a sole proprietorship can register the business. A friend, family member, bookkeeper, accountant, or another intermediary cannot. But they can help with the registration. The owner must log in themself using their own DigiD.

Then you can use your citizen service number (BSN) to apply for a DigiD. You can then use your DigiD to register your sole proprietorship. In the next block of questions, look at the question 'I do not have DigiD yet. How do I apply for one?'.

Follow these steps:

  • Register in the Non-residents Records Database (Registratie Niet Ingezetenen, RNI).
  • After you register in the RNI, you will immediately get a Dutch Citizen Service Number (BSN).
  • With this BSN you can apply for a DigiD. See below for the question 'I do not have DigiD yet. How do I apply for one?'.
  • You can then use your DigiD to register your sole proprietorship.

These are the countries belonging to the EEA. Is your country of birth not listed there? Then you cannot use DigiD and cannot register your sole proprietorship digitally. Please contact us.

The registration form takes you step by step through all the questions. So it is made as easy as possible for you. Do you still find it too difficult? Then ask someone you know for help. This way you can ask them if it is not completely clear.

Is your question not included? More frequently asked questions can be found on our Help and contact page. It also states how you can contact us.

Frequently asked questions about DigiD

If you have forgotten your DigiD password, you must create a new one.

By e-mail and SMS or by letter

Go to the DigiD website to reset your DigiD. Enter your citizen service number (BSN) and username here. You can now recover your password in 2 ways:

  • Via e-mail and text message (e-mail address and telephone number have been added to your DigiD)
  • By letter. This takes 3 working days.

Via DigiD

Do you have an activated DigiD app and can you still log in with it? Then you can immediately recover your password via the DigiD app:

  • Go to 'My DigiD' and log in with the DigiD app.
  • Choose 'Change/reset password'.
  • Choose: 'I no longer remember my current password and want to reset my password via the DigiD app' and click on 'Next'.
  • Enter your new password twice and click on 'Save password'.
  • Open the DigiD app and press 'Start'.
  • A link code appears in the DigiD app.
  • Enter the pairing code on your computer/laptop and click on 'Next'.
  • Scan the QR code with the DigiD app and confirm your choice.
  • Enter your pin code on the DigiD app. Your new password is now set.

If you cannot log in with DigiD, it could be because of:

  • Wrong username or password: check that you are using the correct details. Pay attention to uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Your DigiD is not activated. First activate your DigiD with the activation code you received by letter in the mail.
  • Your DigiD is blocked. Wait until the block is lifted and try again (after 15 minutes).
  • Your DigiD has expired, because you have not used it for 3 years. Apply for a DigiD again.

If you have forgotten your DigiD username, you must request a new DigiD. You can do this via the DigiD website.

Apply for DigiD via You need your citizen server number (BSN) to apply.

Do you live outside the Netherlands? You can apply for a DigiD abroad. To apply you need a BSN and the Dutch nationality, or the nationality of another country in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Is your question about DigiD not listed here? Check out the DigiD website for more frequently asked questions and answers.