Renewing your Dutch nationality certificate in Australia

If you live in Australia and you are a Dutch national, you can renew your Dutch nationality certificate at the Dutch consulate-general in Sydney. You can do this by post or in person.

Your situation

  • You have Dutch nationality.
  • You are 18 years old or over.
  • You have previously held a Dutch passport, ID card (valid or expired) or Dutch nationality certificate or were previously registered in a parent’s passport.

If your situation is different, select the appropriate option under Applying for a Dutch nationality certificate.

What documents do you need?

When you apply for a Dutch nationality certificate, you must provide several documents. For every document, you must provide the original and a photocopy. You may need to have the original legalised and translated. The rules vary by country.

If you are sending the documents by post, you must send legalised official copies.

Identity documents

You should provide all identity documents in your name. This includes foreign and expired documents. You do not need to bring expired documents which have already been cancelled (for instance by having a hole punched through them).

Application form

You should also provide a completed and signed Dutch nationality certificate application form (PDF, 55 KB) (in Dutch).

Dual nationality

If you have another nationality in addition to Dutch nationality, and this is the first time you are renewing the certificate after turning 18, you will need to provide additional documents because of your dual nationality.

Proof of legal residence

You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. This could be:

  • a valid visa for the country where you live, and the documents that accompany it
  • a valid residence permit for the country where you live
  • proof of residence, if you live in the European Union, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland, such as:
    • a certificate of registration at your municipality
    • a bank statement or utility bill giving your address
    • proof of payment of municipal taxes

How much will it cost?

For information about the cost of renewing a Dutch nationality certificate, see the overview of consular fees.

How long will it take?

The average processing time for applications is 3 weeks. If you are asked to provide additional documents, processing may take up to 8 weeks.

How will you receive the document?

You can collect the Dutch nationality certificate from a Dutch embassy or consulate-general in the region. In most cases, the document can also be sent by post.

Renewing your Dutch nationality certificate in this country or region

Application procedure for certificates of Dutch nationality in Australia

The above mentioned certificate can be requested  by sending the required documents to the Netherlands consulate-general in Sydney.

Points of attention:

  • A nationality certificate cannot be used as proof of identity.

  • The certificate can only be issued in the Dutch language in the format prescribed by the Netherlands Nationality Act ('Rijkswet op het Nederlanderschap') and related instructions.

  • Nationality certificates do not normally state the date and grounds on which you acquired Dutch nationality. Therefore, if you want these to be stated on your certificate you should indicate this clearly on your application form. This may be the case if you need the certificate to apply for Australian citizenship.

  • The website contains the documents you need for first-time and renewal applications for nationality certificates. If you have a valid Dutch passport or a valid Dutch identity card and the date and grounds on which you acquired Dutch nationality do not have to be stated on the certificate, the documents listed on the renewal checklist should be sufficient to process the application.

  • If you need the date and grounds on which you acquired Dutch nationality to be stated on the certificate, you will need to include documents that show how and when you became a Dutch national. For example, if you acquired Dutch nationality by descent, you will need to include your unabridged birth certificate, your parents' marriage certificate and your Dutch parent's old and/or current Dutch passport. Photocopies of these documents will suffice if you have a valid Dutch passport and/or Dutch identity card. 

  • If you are sending a copy of your passport, it is mandatory to get a signature and a stamp from the Justice of the Peace.
  • An apostille or legalisation is required on all Australian or non-Dutch documents, regardless of whether you send the documents by post or if you submit the documents in person.
  • Send a "Registered Post" envelope with your full name and address (on the front and the back). We need it to send the certificate to you.

Would you like to apply in person? Then you can make an appointment at the consulate-general in Sydney via the online appointment system.


Check the overview of our consular fees for the costs and payment methods of a consular certificate.

If you apply for a certificate by post, you can also pay via credit card. For this, you must fill in a creditcard authorisation form and send it to the Netherlands consulate-general in Sydney

Any questions?

Do you have questions after reading the information on this page? Please send an email via the contact form.