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Applying for a Dutch nationality certificate if you live in Latvia

If you are a Dutch national living in Latvia, you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate. You must provide a number of documents with your application. The documents you need depend on your personal situation.

Warning: 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.

You might need a certificate of Dutch nationality to prove that you are a Dutch national or to keep your Dutch nationality. If you are applying for a certificate to keep your Dutch nationality, you must have received the certificate within 13 years of the date of issue of your Dutch passport, ID card or a previous certificate of Dutch nationality. A new 13-year period starts on the day you receive the certificate.


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.

Find out more about the situations in which you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate.

Step 1: Create a personal checklist

When you apply for a Dutch nationality certificate, it is important that you provide the right documents. So you should first fill in the personal checklist for you or your child. Then you’ll know what documents you need.


In Step 2, you will see whether there are additional document requirements in the country you live in.

Generate your personal checklist by answering a maximum of 10 questions:

  • Your foreign documents may need to be legalised.
  • If your document was not drawn up in Dutch, English, French or German, you should have it translated by a sworn translator.
  • You may be asked to provide additional documents.
  • A Dutch nationality certificate is only issued in Dutch.

Step 2: Check the additional requirements/information.

Depending on your country of residence, additional document requirements may apply. Below you can find out about the requirements in Latvia.

Proof of legal residence

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

  • an extract from the Latvian population register, with the address where you are officially registered
  • a rental agreement of a house or apartment in your name;
  • a gas or electricity bill on which your name and address are stated;
  • if you work in Latvia: an employer's statement;
  • if you also hold the Latvian nationality: a valid Latvian passport or ID card.