Renewing your Dutch nationality certificate in Canada

If you live in Canada and you are a Dutch national, you can renew your Dutch nationality certificate at a Dutch embassy or consulate-general.

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

Do you prefer to apply for a 'certificate of nationality' by mail? Send your application to the nearest representation:

Embassy in Ottawa

Consulate-general in Toronto

Consulate-general in Vancouver

State in your application why you request the certificate. You must provide photocopies of the original documents. If sending by mail, please enclose a self-addressed Canada Post 'Xpresspost' envelope, or a pre-paid, electronically generated shipping label for UPS, FedEX or DHL. We will send the certificate and return any original documents. We can also mail your certificate by regular post. To use this option, we need to receive your written consent, with a full mailing address. 


Are you applying in person? Then payment (CAD) can be made by MasterCard/Visa, or cash in the exact  amount.  Do you mail-in your application? Then please enclose a money order or certified check in Canadian funds payable to:  "Netherlands Embassy". You can find the price of a consular statement in the overview of  consular fees.

How do I book an appointment?

You can make an appointment online to visit the embassy in Ottawa or the consulate-general in Toronto or Vancouver.


If you have any questions, please contact the embassy in Ottawa, or the consulate-general in Toronto or Vancouver.