The National Office for Identity Data (RvIG)

We are the National Office for Identity Data (RvIG)

Is the person before you, the person who he says he is? The security and reliability of identity data are essential elements in our daily lives. Behind the data in physical documents, such as passports and identity cards, an entire world goes unnoticed.

Identity data that are securely stored in a database are safe with us – the National Office for Identity Data (RvIG). Both public authorities – municipalities for example – and private organisations with a public task rely on this data.

Watch our corporate film for a brief impression of what the National Office for Identity Data (RvIG) does:

Corporate film National Office for Identity Data (English)

(An animation. A green dot.)

VOICE-OVER: Look, that's you.
Newly born or newly arrived
in a country where freedom of movement is an important right,
where your voice is heard and you can go wherever, whenever you want.
You can count on healthcare, education
and many other provisions for as long as you live.
This is only possible if your identity data is carefully collected and maintained.
This takes place in the personal records database.
This not only contains your name, date of birth and where you live,
but also who your parents are, your partner and your children,
and it contains information about your nationality, passport or ID card,
and if you reside abroad or if your residence here is only temporary.
This is all linked to one unique number, your citizen service number.

(Lines of text showing personal data fan out from the dot like rays of sunshine.)

There must never be any doubt about your identity.
Are you who you claim to be?

(Another, similar dot is rejected, but the green dot is given the green light and gets through.)

That is why many organisations make use of identity data.
These include pension funds, the social insurance bank,
the DUO and the police.
Naturally, not everyone has access to all this data.
Your data is only made available for specific purposes
and often only temporarily.
That is why it is of the utmost importance that your identity data
is carefully managed and only made available to those who are authorised.
Safely and reliably.

(Various large and small coloured dots all over the world.)

Additionally, the development and quality of our identification documents must always meet the highest international standards.
That is our job.
We are the National Office for Identity Data.

(The Dutch coat of arms, next to: National Office for Identity Data. Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. On-screen text: Want to know more? www.rvig.nl.)

Mission and vision

Our mission
RvIG is the authority and director for the secure and reliable use of identity data.

Our vision
In a constantly changing society, the security and reliability of identity data are essential.

RvIG
• For excellent service
• Together with chain partners
• Future-proof through innovation
• For citizens
• Both analogue and digital

Identity data

As soon as you register your new-born child at the municipality, your baby will receive a citizen service number (BSN). This number is unique for each person and with this number you can, for example, register your child at a school or use care facilities. RvIG manages your personal data. By registering your personal data, you can use the facilities to which you are entitled. We are responsible for the secure storage of these data and their exchange.  In both the Netherlands, and the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.

Identity documents in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba each have their own identity card: the Sédula. This replaces a Dutch Identity Card on the islands. RvIG maintains the decentralised system for issuing this identity card.

Travel documents

RvIG develops travel documents and its issuing systems in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Passports and identity cards contribute to the reliable identification of persons. Not only at borders, but also when registering personal data or for instance when applying for benefits or in the case of healthcare provision.

Identity quality and fraud

Identity fraud is increasingly a social concern that can have a major impact on victims and can incur costs to our society. When it comes to identity fraud, criminals misuse false or stolen identity data. RvIG helps you if you are a victim of identity fraud. We advise you on the steps you can take to solve additional problems and help you to correct personal data if it appears that you have been incorrectly registered.

Identity data innovation

RvIG focuses on reliability, security and inclusiveness and ensures that your privacy remains guaranteed. That is why we ensure that the storage and use of your identity data change accordingly, as the world continues to change.  For example, we investigate whether and under which conditions a digital passport or identity card is appropriate. For this, we collaborate with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Address quality: the National Action for Address Quality (LAA)

Correct registration of citizens’ addresses is essential to the tasks of the government bodies and for citizens themselves. And that is exactly why the National Action for Address Quality (LAA) was created: to increase and ensure the quality of address data in the BRP. With LAA, incorrect and misuse of government grants can be prevented. By combating address-related fraud, and helping people with debts, for example.

LAA consists of a consortium of public authorities, including municipalities, various ministries and implementing organisations. We work together to identify and correct incorrect address data in the BRP. We also collaborate with organisations such as the Dutch Association for Civil Affairs (NVVB), Divosa and the Knowledge Centre for Enforcement & Compliance of the VNG (Association of Netherlands Municipalities). As a result, fraud or a request for help is detected sooner and the quality of the address is improved.

In short:

The National Office for Identity Data is responsible for:

  • Managing the Personal Records Database (BRP), which contains that data of persons who have a relationship with the Dutch authorities. These include inhabitants of the Netherlands, but also persons who live abroad who also have a relationship with the Dutch authorities, such as persons who receive a benefit payment.
  • Managing the travel document system. RvIG is responsible for the quality of the passport and the Dutch identity card, as well as for the application and issuing procedures for these documents.
  • Managing and issuing citizen service numbers (BSN) to municipalities.
  • Managing the personal data of people in the Dutch Caribbean. These are the islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the three special municipalities: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
  • The Central Identity Theft and Error Reporting Centre (CMI). One of the tasks of CMI is assisting victims of identity fraud.

he National Office for Identity Data also manages:

  • The Travel Documents Database (Basisregister Reisdocumenten), which contains travel documents that are not generally available. The aim of this database is to prevent and combat misuse and fraud with travel documents.
  • The Travel Documents Verification Register (Verificatieregister Reisdocumenten). This is an extract from the Travel Documents Database, which allows authorised organisations to verify whether a document number is registered.
  • The Passport Alerts Register (Register Paspoortsignaleringen). This register contains the details of persons who have been refused a passport or whose passport has been declared void.