Certificate of residence in the Philippines

If you live in the Philippines you may occasionally need to produce a certificate of residence. An embassy or consulate can draw up this document for you.

Due to the corona virus, the possibilities to apply for this declaration at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. Please check the online appointment system to see if it is possible to make an appointment. If no times are available, it is not yet possible to submit an application at the embassy or consulate general.

When do you need a certificate of residence?

A certificate of residence allows you to prove your place of residence abroad. You need this document:

  • in connection with various tax and social security contributions
  • when renewing your driving licence

What documents do you need?

You need the following documents in order to apply for a certificate of residence:

  • a document showing that you have the permission of the local authorities to reside in the country where you are applying – for example, a residence permit (this is not required if you live in the EU)
  • proof of your current address
  • proof that you have Dutch nationality. This may be any one of the following documents:
    • a Dutch passport
    • a Dutch national identity card
    • a certificate of Dutch nationality

Certificate of residence in this country or region

Procedure for requesting a statement by post

You can send the required documents (original + copy + cash payment + addressed return envelope) by mail to:

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Manila / Dutch Embassy in Manila

26th floor BDO Equitable Tower

8751 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

Metro Manila

It takes about ten working days for the statement to be made and sent to your address. If you have sent original documents, they will be sent back. (Note! Requests that are not complete or without an original document will not be processed, the Dutch Embassy in Philippines cannot be held responsible for documents that do not arrive properly / damaged)

Once we have received original documents, plus the amount to be paid (see consular fees), we send the certificate by "LBC or 2GO courier service", the shipping costs will be  approximately PHP 400 / PHP 500 and must be paid upon receipt. (shipping costs depend on the destination). Please attach: telephone and e-mail details and, an self-addressed return envelope, where you wish to receive the certificate.

Procedure for requesting a statement at the embassy

You can also apply at the Embassy in Manila if you need the documents urgently. Documents will be processed the same day or latest the next day if the application is complete. Applications are not complete without the original documents.

How to make an appointment

You can make an appointment via  the online appointment system.


You can check the fees and the payment method at the overview of consular fees in the Philippines.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please send your questions via the contact form.