Netherlands Worldwide

When do I need a Dutch nationality certificate?

You may need a Dutch nationality certificate if you want to retain your Dutch nationality. Or to show foreign authorities that you have Dutch nationality.

Attention: From Tuesday, April 12, 2022, you cannot apply for a Dutch nationality certificate until further notice. You can apply for a Dutch passport or ID card. All applications submitted before April 12 will be processed according to the regular procedure.

Retaining Dutch nationality

You can apply for a certificate in order to retain your Dutch nationality. You may lose your Dutch nationality if all of the following apply:

  • you are an adult (18 years old or over)
  • you have, as an adult, been living outside the Netherlands, the European Union, Aruba, CuraƧao or St Maarten for more than 13 years
  • you have another nationality besides Dutch.

In this situation you can avoid losing your Dutch nationality by renewing your Dutch passport or ID card every 13 years. If you do not immediately need a Dutch passport or ID card for travel purposes, you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate. You must have received the certificate within 13 years of the issue date of your passport or ID card.

Please note: the period changed from 10 to 13 years on April 1, 2022. Did the 10-year period expire before April 1, 2022? Then you do not fall under the term of 13 years and you will have lost your Dutch nationality.

Attention: Your child may be Dutch by birth or acknowledgement. This means that your child automatically has Dutch nationality. You do not need to apply for a Dutch passport, ID card or nationality certificate as proof. If you want to travel with your child they will need a passport or ID card. This also applies if your child requires medical care.

Moving, getting married or working abroad

If you are moving abroad, or if you are going to get married or work abroad, a foreign authority may ask you to provide a Dutch nationality certificate.

Benefits of a Dutch nationality certificate

The benefits are:

  • The certificate is cheaper than a passport or ID card.
  • To apply for a certificate you do not need to visit the local Dutch embassy or a border municipality in the Netherlands. You can request a certificate by email from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Attention: A Dutch nationality certificate is not a travel document or identity document.