Applying for a Dutch passport abroad

Dutch nationals living abroad can apply for a new passport or identity card from most Dutch embassies and consulates-general and from a number of municipal offices in the Netherlands.

Why do I need a passport or identity card?

A passport or identity card is official proof of your identity. A passport is also a valid travel document for anywhere in the world and may be stamped with visas for certain countries. An identity card is primarily an identity document but it also allows you to travel between EU member states and a number of other European countries.

Where can I apply for a new passport or identity card?

As a Dutch national, you can apply for a passport or identity card at most Dutch embassies or consulates-general abroad. You need to make an appointment first. More information (including opening times) can be found on the websites of the Dutch diplomatic missions abroad.

You can apply for an emergency passport or laissez-passer at any Dutch consular diplomatic mission abroad (embassies, consulates-general or honorary consulates).

What documents do I need to take with me?

To apply for a new travel document, you must go to the embassy or consulate in person so that your identity can be checked. The same applies to your children. You must take a completed and signed application form with you and a recent photograph which is a true likeness.

You must also be able to prove that you hold Dutch nationality. If there is any doubt about your nationality, the embassy or consulate staff will be unable to issue the document you need. If you have a Citizen Service Number (BSN) and your current travel document was issued by a Dutch diplomatic mission abroad, the BSN will be quoted in the official correspondence you received. In addition, you should also hand over all your Dutch and foreign travel documents for inspection.

To find out which other documents you need, please consult the website of the embassy or consulate where you intend to apply for a passport.

Collecting a new passport or identity card

New passports and identity cards are produced in the Netherlands and sent to the embassy or consulate where you have applied. Consequently, processing your application may take several weeks.

The embassy or consulate will let you know when you can come and collect your new passport or identity card. You should do this in person unless there are special reasons why you cannot reasonably be expected to do so, for instance because of the travel distance or because you have impaired mobility. In that case, the new passport or identity card may be sent to your address. However, you should agree this when you submit your application. The arrangement applies only on condition that the postal services are reliable and safe, and is entirely at your own risk and cost.

Reporting a lost passport and getting an emergency travel document

If you lose your passport or identity card abroad, you must immediately inform the local police to prevent anyone else using the document illegally. You should also apply as soon as possible to the Dutch embassy or consulate for a replacement. 

In the meantime, the embassy or consulate may issue an emergency travel document for you – either an emergency passport or a laissez-passer. An emergency passport will only be issued if you can prove that your situation is an emergency.

As a rule, you can only apply for an emergency document during office hours. An emergency travel document is only valid for the journey for which it has been issued.

These rules also apply to children. The issue of an emergency travel document to a child under 18 requires the consent of the person(s) who have parental responsibility over the child.

The procedure for obtaining an emergency travel document may take several days.

For more information, please contact the Dutch embassy or consulate in the country where you are staying. Alternatively, get in touch with the helpdesk at the Emergency Documents Office at Schiphol Airport. The helpdesk is open 24 hours a day and can be reached via telephone number +31(0)20 603 8692.

Applying for a passport in the Netherlands

Alternatively, Dutch nationals living abroad can apply for new travel documents from the municipal offices of the following towns and cities in the Netherlands:

From April 2015 the municipal office of Breda and the municipal office of Venlo (in Dutch) will also provide travel documents to Dutch nationals living abroad. Further information on the possibility to make an appointment for this service will follow on the websites of the respective municipal offices.

These offices charge lower fees for passports and identity cards than the Dutch missions abroad.

Validity of passports and identity cards

Passports and identity cards are valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for children under 18.

Do you hold another nationality besides Dutch? If so, you could risk losing your Dutch nationality if you do not apply for a new Dutch passport or identity card or a Dutch nationality certificate before the validity period (10 years) expires.

Fees

To cover costs, new fees were introduced on 9 March 2014. The fee you pay is for processing your application so it is non-refundable, even if you turn out not to be eligible for a Dutch passport.

Fees in 2016 for travel documents and identity cards at Dutch missions abroad
Type of travel document Fee
Passport (adult)

€ 128,44

Passport (child, i.e. under 18) € 115,20
Identity card (adult) € 115,58
Identity card (child, i.e. under 18) € 93,66
mergency passport/laissez-passer € 46,61

Alternatively, Dutch nationals living abroad can apply for new travel documents at the municipal offices of certain towns and cities in the Netherlands (see above). These charge lower fees for passports and identity cards than the Dutch missions abroad. This is mainly due to benefits of scale enjoyed by these municipalities, which, on average, issue many more travel documents than the missions abroad. Here too, the new fees are intended to cover the costs involved.


Type of travel document Fee
Passport (adult)

€ 99,08

Passport (child, i.e. under 18) € 85,84
Identity card (adult)

€ 87,97

Identity card (child, i.e. under 18)

€ 66,05

Children must have their own passport

All children must have their own passport or identity card: they may no longer be registered in their parents’ travel documents. The fingerprints of children under 12 are not registered in their own passport. A child must also be present in person when collecting a new passport from the embassy or consulate, so that their identity can be established. The accompanying parent or guardian should also bring two identical passport photos which are a true likeness of the child and meet the official passport photo requirements.

Both of the child's parents/guardians must sign the passport application. Further requirements regarding applications for children can be found on the website of the relevant consulate or embassy. Do not hesitate to contact them if you have any questions.

Dutch passports and citizenship

In order to obtain a Dutch passport you must be able to prove that you hold Dutch nationality. In certain cases, you could lose your Dutch nationality if you do not apply for a new passport or Dutch nationality certificate before the validity period of your current one runs out.

Your Citizen Service Number (BSN) must be noted in your passport

It is compulsory for a new passport to contain the holder’s Citizen Service Number (BSN) if the holder has one, so you will be asked for this number when you submit your application. The BSN normally appears on all official government correspondence to you.

The issuing authority is the Minister of Foreign Affairs

The personal details page of your passport indicates that that it was issued by authority of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken). An issuing authority can read the passport’s chip to find out where it was issued.