Applying for your first Dutch nationality certificate in Sweden

If you live in Sweden and you are a Dutch national, you can apply for your first Dutch nationality certificate at the Dutch embassy in Stockholm.

Your situation

  • You have Dutch nationality.
  • You are 18 years old or over.
  • You have not previously held a Dutch nationality certificate, passport or ID card.
  • You were not 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 provide a completed and signed Dutch nationality certificate application form (PDF, 55 KB) (in Dutch).

Proof at least one of your parents was a Dutch national at the time of your birth

You must also provide proof that at least one of your parents was a Dutch national at the time of your birth. If you were born before 1985 this must be your father. If you were born after 1985 it can be your mother or father.

To do this, please provide one of the following documents:

  • If your parent left the Netherlands before 1 October 1994: a deregistration certificate from the Central Population Registers Office (Bureau Vestigingsregister) in The Hague. Their nationality at the time they left the Netherlands must appear on the certificate.
  • If your parent left the Netherlands on or after 1 October 1994: an extract from the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen) of the municipality where they were last registered. Their nationality at the time they left the Netherlands must appear on the extract.
  • Your parent’s Dutch passport, valid at the time of your birth, which proves they held Dutch nationality.
  • A valid residence permit for the country where they live.
  • Other documents proving that the parent holds Dutch nationality, such as a naturalisation certificate, a confirmation of nationality acquired through the option procedure, adoption papers or an acknowledgement document.

If you were born before 1985 and your Dutch mother was married to your non-Dutch father at the time of your birth, read the information on the option procedure for latent Dutch nationals.

Proof at least one of your parents was a Dutch national until you were at least 18

You must provide proof that at least 1 of your parents held Dutch nationality until you were at least 18 years old. This can be a Dutch passport and a residence permit for the country where they live. Or another document proving Dutch nationality.

Marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership

You should provide an official copy of your parents’ marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership, giving their full names and the date of marriage or registered partnership. The official copy must not have been issued more than 1 year ago. If your parents were not married at the time of your birth, you will need to provide other documents.

Birth certificate

You should bring with you a complete official copy of your birth certificate or an extract from the register of births, giving your place of birth (not only the state, but also the city, town or village where you were born) and both parents’ full names. The document must not have been issued more than 1 year ago. Hospital-issued certificates are not accepted.

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 applying for 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 your Dutch nationality certificate from a Dutch embassy or consulate-general in the region. In most cases, the document can also be sent to you by post.

Applying for your first Dutch nationality certificate in this country or region

How do I make an appointment?

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

You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live.
In Sweden, you can do this by providing: 

  • A population registration certificate (personbevis) in English issued by the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). The certificate must have been issued in the last 3 months. To obtain this document you can call Skatteverket on 0771 567 567 (from within Sweden) or on +46 8 564 851 60 (from outside Sweden).
  • You can even order a “personbevis” online and have it send to you by mail. Visit the Skatteverket website and search for “personbevis”. Under ‘Who are you going to submit the certificate to?’ select ‘Foreign embassy/government agency/other recipient’. Choose the third option and then English. Finally, enter your Swedish personal identity number (personnummer).

This document need to be legalized.

Additional information about the birth certificate

  • If the applicant is born in Sweden: an extensive English extract from the Skatteverket (personbevis) population register. Information from the parents of the applicant must be stated on the document. The extract must be legalized;
  • If the applicant is born in the Netherlands: the original Dutch birth certificate;
  • If the applicant is born in a third country: the original and legalized birth certificate and if necessary, translated by a sworn translator.

Additional information if you got married in Sweden

If you marry in Sweden you are given a ‘vigselbevis’ instead of a marriage certificate. For a first certificate the 'vigselbevis' should be legislated and in some cases even translated.

How much will it cost?

You can find the price of a certificate in the overview of consular fees in Sweden.
Payment is by card only.

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.

Additional information to collect your document

You can collect your document from the embassy in Stockholm between 9.00 and 12.00 Monday to Friday. You do not need to make an appointment. First check on which days our offices are closed.

In exceptional cases we can send your travel document by registered post if you have a Swedish driving licence or another official proof of identity. If you want to receive your document in this way, you should make this known when you submit your application.  You will have to pay the postage costs and the document will be sent to you at your own risk.

The embassy cannot reimburse you if your travel document gets lost in the post.

Contact

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