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Licence application for issuer of asset-referenced tokens

Dutch consumers and the economy as a whole stand to benefit from a varied range of financial products and services, which is why we welcome new and innovative parties to the market. A safe, innovative, reliable and responsible financial sector can contribute towards sustainable prosperity in the Netherlands, and this is what De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) seeks to achieve.

Anyone issuing asset-referenced tokens (ARTs) in the Netherlands must have a licence from DNB to do so. ARTs may not be issued until the licence has been granted.

More information

This section of Open Book on Supervision provides an overview of relevant information on market access for issuers of ARTs. You will also find explanatory notes to the concepts and statutory provisions that are relevant to market access and licensing for parties wishing to issue ARTs


If you are an innovative financial services or products provider, you can visit DNB’s InnovationHub, with any questions you may have about the applicability of rules and regulations.

The InnovationHub offers innovative businesses and incumbent market participants the opportunity to discuss regulatory issues directly with the relevant supervisory authority, irrespective of whether they are subject to supervision. Its aim is to facilitate innovation in the financial sector.

Any questions?

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. You can reach us by phone or e-mail.


You can contact DNB on business days between 09:00- 17:00. Call 0800 020 10 68 (freephone in the Netherlands) or +31 20 524 91 11 if calling from abroad.


info@dnb.nl. Remember to provide your name, address details and telephone number.
Please note that we will not handle any anonymous queries.