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DigiD consists of a username and a password, and optionally an additional verification step via SMS. Another alternative is the DigiD mobile app, also supported by Signicat.

The DigiD scheme is managed by Logius, the digital government service of the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK). It maintains government-wide ICT solutions and common standards, that simplify the communication between authorities, citizens and businesses, with a view to cohesion of the e-government networks. Logius supplies products relating to access, data exchange, standardization and information security.

Hence, the following types of organisations are eligible to use DigiD:

The organisation is a public organisation or a private organisation which is legally authorized to handle a public task.
The organisation is allowed – on a legal basis – to use the BSN for this public task.
The task for which DigiD is used is a public one.
Access to the scheme is controlled by means of the PKIoverheid-certificate regime, which is described in more detail in the PKIoverheid section on the Logius website (opens new window).

There are four levels of authentication strength available in DigiD:

Basic/“Basis” (username & password)
Middle/“Midden” (username, password and an additional SMS with one time verification code)
Substantial/“Substantieel” (authentication with a method which is issued after checking the holder’s identity document)
High/“Hoog” (authentication with a personal certificate on an identity document)

The user can choose which level to use when logging in, although a service provider might choose to require a certain level if it is deemed necessary. Signicat will configure the minimum level for you when we onboard you to the service.