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Seaman’s book

The seaman’s book is personal and all important information about work experience is recorded in it.

What do I need?

An application for a seaman’s book can only be submitted via the Kiwa Register application portal. In the portal, you can also view the status of your request:

  • This portal does not work on mobile devices, so use a PC or laptop;
  • Already have an account? Then go to;
  • Do you not yet have an account and are you registered in a Dutch municipality?
    • Private Dutch citizen: Read here how to create an account;
    • Company: As a company you can log in via eHerkenning. Read here how to request this and how to log in to the portal;
  • Don't have an account yet and live abroad?

During the application in the portal, you'll have to upload several of supporting documents. It is useful to have these available before you start the application:

Do you have Dutch nationality?


Within 5 working days after your request is complete and paid, your seaman’s book will be sent.


The rate for a seaman’s book is legally determined by the Dutch government in the Regeling tarieven transportsectoren (Dutch) and includes 21% VAT. A seaman’s book costs €111,32.


You can pay directly online via iDEAL and credit card (MasterCard or VISA). You can also pay via bank transfer afterwards after receiving your invoice. An application will always only be processed when it is complete and paid. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find more information via the Frequently Asked Questions.