Renewing your Dutch nationality certificate in the United Kingdom

If you live in the United Kingdom and you are a Dutch national, you can renew your Dutch nationality certificate by post at the Netherlands embassy in London.

Your situation

  • You have Dutch nationality.
  • You are 18 years old or over.
  • You have previously held a Dutch passport, ID card (valid or expired) or Dutch nationality certificate or were previously 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 also provide a completed and signed Dutch nationality certificate application form (PDF, 55 KB) (in Dutch).

Dual nationality

If you have another nationality in addition to Dutch nationality, and this is the first time you are renewing the certificate after turning 18, you will need to provide additional documents because of your dual nationality.

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 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 a Dutch embassy or consulate-general in the region. In most cases, the document can also be sent by post.

Renewing your Dutch nationality certificate in this country or region

How to apply for a Dutch nationality statement in the UK?

Points of attention

  • In the UK you can only apply for a Dutch nationality certificate ("verklaring van Nederlanderschap") by post.  You have to send your application to the Dutch embassy in London.
  • A nationality certificate cannot be used as proof of identity. It cannot be used to apply for residence status in the UK.
  • The certificate can only be issued in the Dutch language in the format prescribed by the Netherlands Nationality Act ('Rijkswet op het Nederlanderschap') and related instructions.

Adding how and when you became a Dutch national

  • Nationality certificates do not normally state the date and grounds on which you acquired Dutch nationality. Therefore, if you want these to be stated on your certificate you should indicate this clearly on your application form.
    This may be the case if you need the certificate for a British passport application for a child born in the UK or for a renewal of a South African passport (if you have both Dutch and South African citizenship).
  • If you need the date and grounds on which you acquired Dutch nationality to be stated on the certificate, you will need to include documents that show how and when you became a Dutch national. For example, if you acquired Dutch nationality by descent, you will need to include your unabridged birth certificate, your parents' marriage certificate and your Dutch parent's old and/or current Dutch passport. Photocopies of these documents will suffice if you have a valid Dutch passport and/or Dutch identity card. 

Application procedure and payment

You can send the required documents together with the fully filled out and signed application form by post to:

Dutch Embassy
Attn. Passport section - Consular statements
38 Hyde Park Gate
London SW7 5DP

If you have included original documents with your application, these will be returned to you.

Payment

The applicable fee can be found on the page 'Consular fees'. Add  a self-addressed prepaid envelope or an envelope with the necessary stamps for returning the certificate to you. 

Payment can be done by cheque or postal order payable to ‘Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands’.

If you are paying by bank payment has to be made in euros. Please bear in mind that it may take some time for the embassy to receive confirmation that the payment has been made. Therefore you are requested to add a copy of your bank statement proving you paid for the application in order for the embassy to process your application as soon as possible.

Bank details are:

  • Payable to: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, betreft FSO
  • Account number: NL74INGB 0705 454177
  • BIC/SWIFT CODE: INGBNL2A
  • Please start the description of the payment with ‘LON <initials and surname> nationality certificate’ so your payment can be identified as a payment for the embassy in London.

Receiving your nationality certificate

Please include a self-addressed, pre-paid special delivery envelope with your application. The embassy will use this envelope to send you your certificate and return any original documents submitted with the application.