Registration at the Trade Register


All businesses (including branches of foreign companies) in the Netherlands must be listed in the Trade Register (Handelsregister) of the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel) and must register anywhere between one week before and one week after the start of business. Legal forms without corporate personality must visit the Chamber of Commerce personally. A civil-law notary will arrange for registration of all legal forms with corporate personality.

Upon registration the business will receive a Chamber of Commerce number. Legal entities and partnerships also receive a Legal Entities and Partnerships Identification Number (Rechtspersonen en Samenwerkingsverbanden Informatienummer or RSIN). If your business consists of several branches, each branch will receive a unique 12-figure branch number. In the Netherlands, businesses are obliged to state your commercial name and commercial register number from the Chamber of Commerce in outgoing letters, e-mails, fax messages, orders, offers, invoices and on your website. 

We are more than willing to assist you in your contacts with the Trade Register. Please contact us via our contact form or call us.