If you require medical treatment in the Netherlands, or you want to open a bank account or apply for welfare benefits, you have to be able to show proof of identity. You can do so by showing a passport or other identity document, such as an identity card.
- Compulsory identification
- Compulsory identification at the workplace
- Passports, identity cards and Dutch nationality certificates
Checking identity documents helps to fight fraud. On the street, the police may ask individuals to show proof of identity. If they see a cyclist riding through a red light, for instance. Anyone aged 14 or over must be able to identify themselves.