Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in United Kingdom
Are you a Dutch national living in the United Kingdom (UK)? And do you want to renew or apply for a Dutch passport or identity card (ID card)? You can apply for a passport or ID card at the Dutch embassy in London or at the VFS Global offices in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
Note: because of the Coronavirus, fewer appointments are available than normally and the procedure at the embassy is different than usual. In case you are unable to book an appointment, please try again later.
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.
New ID card
From 2 August 2021, all ID cards issued to Dutch nationals aged 12 and older will include copies of two of their fingerprints and a QR code with their citizen service number (BSN). You should know:
- Until 12 July 2021 inclusive, it will still be possible to apply for an ID card in the current format.
- From 13 July to 1 August 2021 inclusive, for technical reasons, it will not be possible to apply for an ID card at an embassy or consulate-general. If you need to apply for a travel document before 2 August, you can apply for a passport.
- From 2 August 2021, applicants will receive an ID card in the new format. Please note: when you apply, you will have to have your fingerprints taken. This will require you to come to the embassy or consulate-general in person.
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 the United Kingdom
Depending on your country of residence, additional document requirements may apply. Below you can find out about the requirements for the United Kingdom.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In the United Kingdom, you can do this by providing one of the following documents:
- a bank statement bearing your address;
- a utility bill bearing your address;
- proof of payment of council tax;
if you also hold the UK nationality: a valid UK passport or ID card.
If the Home Office, DVLA or Student Finance has your document
If the Home Office, DVLA or Student Finance has your Dutch passport or ID card, you cannot apply for a new travel document or emergency document. You should ask for the return of your passport or ID card.
Renewal (adults): if your passport or ID card expired more than 2 years ago
Do you only hold the Dutch nationality and has your most recently issued Dutch passport or ID card expired over 2 years ago? You will need to submit a ‘Confirmation of the non-acquisition of British citizenship’ with your application. You can request this from UK Visas and Immigration.
Applying on behalf of a minor: certificate of marital status
If the child's parents were not married at the time of the child's birth, and the child was born in the United Kingdom, it is not possible to apply to the UK authorities for a certificate of marital status. For the period that the parents spent in the UK, this completed and signed declaration is sufficient.
Applying on behalf of a minor: proxy consent via a court of law
If, in the case of joint parental responsibility, one party does not give their consent for a passport or ID card application to be submitted on behalf of the minor, proxy consent via a court of law has to be obtained. Such consent is not required for an ID card application for a minor aged twelve and older.
If the minor lives in the United Kingdom, you can contact a lawyer or the local citizens advice bureau for more information.
Extra information about the legalisation of documents
Does your personal checklist (step 1) state that you must have a document legalised?
- Do you have a document from the UK? From 1 January 2021, your document must be legalised with an apostille. Read more information on the page Legalisation of documents from the UK for use in the Netherlands.
Please note: for did you sumbit a first application before 1 January 2021? Then it was not necessary to have your document legalised. Do you want to renew your passport or ID card after 1 January 2021 and have there been official changes to a deed? Then you must have that deed legalised with an apostille for the follow-up application.
- Do you have a document from another country? Then also check whether it should be legalised.
Are you planing to change your name or have you changed your name? For more information on this topic, check the page Name change.
Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport
Step 4: Apply in the United Kingdom
If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in the United Kingdom, 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 the United Kingdom (step 2). Then you can make an appointment.
Make an appointment at a VFS Global office
Applications can again be submitted to the VFS Global offices in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
VFS Global is an external service provider. As a result, VFS Global charges an additional service fee on top of the normal application fee. VFS Global will send your application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands, where it will be processed.
Are you no longer in possession of your passport or ID card but do you still have a copy of the document? In this case you can also submit your application at VFS Global. If not, please make an appointment at the embassy in London.
Please note: VFS Global does not process applications to become a Dutch citizen via the option procedure and thus obtain a Dutch passport. Go here for detailed information about the option procedure. Then make an appointment using the online appointment system.
VFS Global office in London
To visit the VFS Global office in London, you can make an appointment online:
- Monday to Friday during the day
- Monday to Friday evenings (5 PM to 7 PM) or Saturday mornings (08.30 AM to 12.30 PM) (prime time). In that case, VFS Global charges a prime time fee of GBP 25,- on top of the regular application fee and the additional standard service fee.
For appointments, you can also email to: email@example.com.
VFS Global Edinburgh
VFS Global Birmingham
Make an appointment at the embassy in London
It is possible, to a very limited extent, to apply for a passport or ID card at the Dutch embassy in London. You must make an appointment via the online appointment system. After you have made an appointment, you will receive an email with a provisional appointment confirmation. Follow the instructions in the confirmation e-mail very precisely. If no appointments are available, please try again later.
Make an appointment using the online appointment system.
Space in the waiting room is limited. If you arrive too early, please wait outside. Friends and extended family are not allowed into the waiting room.
Please ensure you have completed the application form in full and that you have the correct photos. Please be on time. If there is anything missing from your application, the embassy cannot help you and you will have to make another appointment.
Go here for detailed information about becoming a Dutch citizen via the option procedure and thus obtaining a Dutch passport. Then make an appointment using the link provided above.
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in the United Kingdom.
Payments can be made by debit or credit card (Visa or Mastercard). American Express cards, money orders and cheques are not accepted.
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. In that case, the decision period will be extended.
How can I track my application?
When you apply for a travel document at the Netherlands embassy, 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 Corona virus NOT possible until further notice)
You can collect your document from the embassy in London or VFS Global in London, Edinburgh and - as of 26 May 2021 - Birmingham.
- embassy London: Monday and Friday 10.00-12.00 and Tuesday 14.00-15.30.
There is no collection on 24 and 31 December and on the days on which the embassy is closed.
- Please check the website of VFS Global for the collection times of the VFS Global offices in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
You will receive an invitation by email to collect your document from the embassy or VFS Global as soon as it is ready. You will have to collect your new travel document within 3 months of the date if issue. If you don’t collect your document within this period, the embassy will make it invalid and you will have to apply for a new travel document. When you collect your document, you should bring the invitation with you. You do not need to make an appointment.
Have your document sent by post
You can have your new passport sent to a UK address by Royal Mail Special Delivery. You will have to pay the GBP 7 postage charge yourself.
Your new identity card will not be sent by post. You should collect it at the embassy in London or VFS Global in London, Edinburgh or - as of 26 May 2021 - Birmingham.
What happens to my old passport or ID card?
If you did not hand your old passport or ID card in when you submitted your application, please bring it with you when you come to collect your new one. The embassy or VFS global 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.
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