Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in New Zealand

Are you a Dutch national living in New Zealand? And do you want to renew or apply for a Dutch passport or identity card (ID card)? You can do so at the Dutch embassy in Wellington. You can also lodge your application at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport.

Due to the coronavirus, the possibilities to apply for a passport or ID card at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. This also applies to applications at an office of an external service provider such as VFS Global.

Step 1: Create your personal checklist

It is important for your passport or ID card application that you bring the correct documents with you. Therefore, per passport or ID card first create a personal checklist for each application.  Then you’ll know what documents to bring.

Note: step 2 shows you whether there are additional document requirements in the country you live in.

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  • You must appear in person to apply for your passport. Someone else is not allowed to do this for you. This also applies to someone under the age of 18. He or she must also be present at the application.
  • You may need to have the original legalised.
  • You may provide documents in Dutch, English, German or French. Abroad and at the passport desk at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, you may also provide documents from the civil registrar in Spanish. If your documents are in another language, you must have them translated by a sworn translator.
  • You may be asked to provide additional documents.

Once you have completed your checklist, please continue with step 2.

Step 2: Check the additional requirements for New Zealand

Depending on your country of residence, additional document requirements may apply. Below you can find out about the requirements for New Zealand.

Proof of legal residence

You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In New Zealand, you can do this by providing one of the following documents:

  • a residence permit (if you do not hold New Zealand nationality);
  • if you also hold the New Zealand nationality: a valid New Zealand passport or ID card.

First-time application

If you have never previously held a Dutch passport or ID card, and you are bringing with you a birth certificate or marriage certificate that was issued in New Zealand, you must have the document legalised with an apostille.

First renewal after acquiring New Zealand nationality

If you are renewing your Dutch passport or identity card for the first time since acquiring New Zealand nationality, you must have your naturalisation document legalised with an apostille.

If you acquired New Zealand nationality through your partner, bring proof that you were married at the time of your naturalisation (no record of divorce).You can apply for this through Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport

If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in the Netherlands, you can do so at one of the Dutch border municipalities or at Schiphol Airport.

Step 4: Apply in New Zealand

If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in New Zealand, first make sure you have all the required documents. You can see which documents you need by completing the checklist (step 1). You should also check what additional requirements apply in New Zealand (step 2). Then you can make an appointment.

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment online to visit the embassy in Wellington.

The embassy will open for passport/ID card applications from Thursday 9 September 2021 with the following appointment protocol in place:

  • Please send in your paperwork by email to wel-ca@minbuza.nl before your appointment. This will avoid handling too much paperwork.
  • You can only arrive a maximum of 5 minutes ahead of your scheduled time. There will be signs downstairs in the lobby of the building and in hallways.
  • Only one person is allowed in the waiting room at any time. Families are allowed to come with more than one to the embassy waiting room.
  • All customers need to scan in using their NZ COVID Tracer or sign in when entering the waiting room, sanitize their hands and wear a mask. QR code, sign-in, sanitizer and masks will be available at the entrance.

No applicants from Auckland are allowed to travel to Wellington while Auckland is at a higher alert level, meaning we can’t accept any applicants from Auckland.

Applications at other locations in New Zealand

Check whether you will be able to make an appointment in your region.

How much will it cost?

You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in New Zealand.

Payments can be made in New Zealand dollars (NZD) by Eftpos card or credit card.

How long will it take?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will first determine if you are a Dutch national. If so, you are entitled to a passport or ID card.

Your passport or ID card will be ready in about 3 weeks. You may be asked to provide additional documents to help us assess your application. If so, it may take up to 8 weeks for you to receive your passport or ID card.

What if I need my passport or ID card in the meantime?

If you need your current passport or ID card while your application is being processed, you can hand it in later, when you come to collect your new one. If your new document is being sent to you by post, you must first send your current passport or ID card to the embassy. Only then will the new document be posted to you.

How can I track my application?

When you apply for a travel document, you will receive a track & trace code. This allows you to track the status of your application online. You will be informed by email when your document is ready.

Collect your document (due to the Coronavirus not possible until further notice)

You can collect your document from the embassy in Wellington between 9.30 and 14.00 Monday to Friday. You do not need to make an appointment. First check which days our offices are closed.

Have your document sent by post

Passport

You can have your new passport sent to you by courier. You will be asked to write your address on an envelope and pay a NZD 8 postage charge at the moment of application.

ID card

Your new identity card will not be sent by post. You should collect it at the embassy in Wellington.

What happens to my old passport or ID card?

The embassy will cancel your old passport or ID card and then return it to you. If your old document contains visas or residence permits that are still valid and you want to keep those pages intact, you should make this known beforehand.

Contact If you have any questions, please contact the embassy in Wellington.