Business and private addresses
The Commercial Register (Handelsregister) contains business and private addresses. The business address is the place where a company conducts its business activities. The business address is always public, whereas the disclosure of private addresses depends on the business's legal form.
Private addresses in the public domain
If the business is a sole proprietorship, commercial partnership (VOF), limited partnership (CV) or public partnership (maatschap), the private addresses of the owner, partners and associates are in the public domain, because they are jointly and severally liable for the business.
Private addresses not in the public domain
The private addresses of officers of legal entities (such as the managing director of a private limited company, BV) are not in the public domain. Under the Dutch Commercial Register Act, only employees of administrative bodies, lawyers, civil-law notaries and bailiffs may view this information.
What does the Chamber of Commerce do with my private address?
The private addresses of owners, partners and associates are stated on the extract of your company. The public can view these extracts. Private addresses are not provided in address files.
Can I block my private address?
Yes, this is possible, if the disclosure of your private address could lead to a threatening situation. However, you will need to explain to the KVK why you believe your private address should be blocked in the Commercial Register. This is subject to the condition that your private address is indicated as 'secret' in the Persons Database (Basisregistratie Personen, BRP). You should submit an application for this purpose to your municipality. You must also have a secret telephone number and must have taken all possible measures to limit public knowledge of your private address (by not stating it on Facebook or LinkedIn, for example).
If you wish to block your private address in the Commercial Register, please contact (only in Dutch) KVK. If you meet the conditions, your private address will be blocked in the Commercial Register. However, employees of administrative bodies, lawyers and bailiffs will still be able to view your private address.
Officers of legal entities do not need to follow this procedure. Their private addresses are blocked in the Handelsregister by default.
What if my private address is also my business address?
Your business address is stated on the extract and is included in address files. Internet directories and internet maps, such as Google Maps, also use these address files. If you do not want your private address, which also is your business address, to appear on Google Maps, for instance, you can activate a non-mailing indicator.
The Commercial Register is a public register, because it is important for reasons of legal certainty to be able to check business details. For economic transactions, the business address is not blocked. If a private address is blocked in the Commercial Register, this does not mean that the same address, which also is the business address, will automatically be blocked. If you do not want your private address to be viewed in the Commercial Register, you could consider registering your business under another address and blocking your private address.