Registering a vof

Follow the steps below to register your new vof (general partnership).

Before you register

About the vof (vennootschap onder firma)

Do you want to start a company with a business partner under a shared company name? The legal structure vennootschap onder firma (vof, general partnership) may be the right choice for you. Read more about the vof

The difference between natural persons and legal entities

A natural person is a human being of flesh and blood. A legal entity, or a non-natural person, is an organisation. For example, a bv, cv, maatschap, vof, cooperative, vereniging (association), or stichting (foundation). This article is about registering a vof with natural persons and legal entities as partners. You can also: 

Registering a vof step by step

1.    Fill in the registration form

The 'Start registration' button takes you to the digital registration form. Fill this in to the best of your ability. The more complete the form, the less time you will need to spend on your registration appointment at KVK. 

Do not use punctuation or diacritics in your name

In the field "uw naam" (your name), do not use punctuation marks or diacritics, such as an umlaut or accent. The system cannot handle these, and this will cause an error that makes it impossible for us to send you an email. This means you cannot continue with your registration. You can adjust your name to the correct spelling later on.  

Consult the pdf for the English terminology

The online registration process is only available in Dutch. To find out what is being asked of you, you can consult form 2 for registering a vof (pdf). You can also opt to fill out the form, print it, and bring it to your appointment.

Start your registration

2.    Register UBOs

UBOs (ultimate beneficial owners) are the persons who have the ultimate stake in an organisation, for example because they have certain voting rights. You must register your UBOs when you start a new vof. First determine who are the UBOs for your organisation. Then fill in form 32 and bring it to your appointment.  

Download form 32

3.    Make an appointment

Have you completed the forms? You can make an appojntment at a KVK office of your choice. Login using DigiD at the bottom of this page to make the appointment (in Dutch). 

About the appointment

The natural partners come to the office and bring:  

  • valid proof of their identity.   
  • form 10: 'Registration of a partner (vennoot)'. Fill in the details of the partner that is a legal entity. 
  • A copy of a valif proof of identity for the person who signed on behalf of the legal entity. 

A KVK employee will check the forms and IDs. 

Is your starting date over 2 months ago? 

You must prove that you have executed business activities since the starting date you have submitted. Such as documents that prove you have made investments or executed assignments. Bring these to your appointment. 

Registration fee

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Frequently asked questions

Continuing a legal form other than a sole proprietorship as a general partnership is tailor-made. Is this  your situation? Then please contact us.

How quickly we process your change depends on how you communicate your change to us.

  • Are you submitting the change online? We process digital changes within 2 days.
  • Are you submitting the change by post? We will process it within 10 working days after receiving it.

If the information you provide is not complete, we will contact you.

After your change has been processed in the Business Register, you will receive official confirmation by letter, or digitally via your Message Box account. Are you submitting the change online? Then you will also receive confirmation by email.

We cannot provide information about the status of the processing between the time of receipt and processing.

Are you submitting a change for a future date? Then you will only see the change in the Business Register on that date. The Business Register always shows the current situation.