Netherlands Worldwide

Applying for a Dutch nationality certificate if you live in Nauru

If you are a Dutch national living in Nauru, 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 for Nauru.

Proof of legal residence

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

  • a residence permit;
  • if you also hold the nationality of your country of residence: a valid passport or ID card of Nauru.

First-time application

If you have never previously held a Dutch passport or ID card, and you are bringing with you a birth certificate or marriage certificate that was issued in Nauru, you must have the document legalised.

Do you have a document from another country? Then check whether it needs to be legalised.

Any questions?

In case you have a question, you can send an e-mail via the contact form.