Renewing a minor's Dutch nationality certificate in New Zealand
If you live in New Zealand and your child is a Dutch national, you can renew their Dutch nationality certificate at the Netherlands embassy in Wellington.
- The child has Dutch nationality.
- The child is under 18.
- The child has previously held a Dutch passport, ID card (valid or expired) or Dutch nationality certificate or was previously registered in a parent’s passport.
If the child’s 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.
You should bring all identity documents in your and the child’s 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).
You should also bring a completed and signed Dutch nationality certificate application form (PDF, 55 KB) (in Dutch).
Each parent must give permission for a Dutch nationality certificate application to be submitted for the child.
If both parents are able to visit the embassy:
Both parents sign the application form and accompany their child to the embassy. The parents should bring their identity documents with them.
If one or both parents are unable to visit the embassy:
Each parent who is unable to come fills in and signs a declaration of consent. This form is available in Dutch and English. If you live in the Netherlands, you can get a declaration of consent form from your municipality. Make sure your child takes the signed declaration(s) and photocopies of both parents’ passports to the embassy with them.
If you are the child’s guardian, you must prove this by presenting an official copy of the relevant court judgment. The official copy must not have been issued more than 1 year ago.
If one or both of the child’s parents are deceased, please provide an official copy of the death certificate(s).
At least one parent is a Dutch national
You must provide proof that at least one of the child’s parents has Dutch nationality. This can be a Dutch passport and a residence permit for the country where they live. Or other documents proving Dutch nationality.
If the child’s birth certificate is held in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen), you do not have to provide this document. If the child’s birth certificate is not held in the Personal Records Database, you should provide a complete official copy of the child’s birth certificate or an extract from the register of births, giving the child’s place of birth (not only the state, but also the city, town or village where the child was born) and both parents’ full names. These documents do not need to have been issued recently. Hospital-issued certificates are not accepted.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you and the child 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 the Dutch embassy in the region. In most cases, the document can also be sent by post.
Renewing a minor’s Dutch nationality certificate in this country or region
How to apply for a consular certificate in New Zealand?
You can send all the required documents per post to:
Co-operative Bank Building
Corner Featherston & Balance streets
You can also scan the documents and send them per email. The certificates need to be specified for it’s purpose, so please mention the purpose of the certificate in your letter of email.
On average it takes 3 working days for the certificate to be produced and posted to the submitted address. If you send originals, these will also be returned.
If you want to come in person, you have to make an appointment via our online appointment system.
For the costs of a certificate you can check the overview of our consular fees.
For applications by post or email you increase the amount with the shippoing costs of NZD 8,-- for the courier. For both applications by post and via email, the total amount must be paid by check to the embassy. Please mention on your check: consular statement + your name.
In case you have a question, you can send an email via the contact form.