Applying for a Dutch nationality certificate if you live in Portugal

If you are a Dutch national living in Portugal, 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: You can temporarily only apply for a Dutch nationality certificate to retain your Dutch nationality.

How you apply for the certificate depends on your situation:

  1. I have never held a Dutch passport or ID card: you cannot apply for a Dutch nationality certificate. This also applies to children who do not yet have a Dutch passport or ID card. (You can, however, apply for a Dutch passport or ID card if you wish.)
  2. My Dutch passport or ID card has expired and/or I have a previously issued Dutch nationality certificate: you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate but you must submit your application by registered post. Find out below how to do that.
  3. I have a valid Dutch passport or ID card: you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate online. Find out below how to do that.

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

Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for Portugal.

Proof of legal residence

You must prove that you are legally resident in Portugal. You can do this by providing one of the following documents:

  • a valid residence permit (Certificado de Registo de Cidadão da União Europeia/Autorização de Residência). You can request the Certificado de Registo de Cidadão da União Europeia from the offices of the municipality (câmara municipal) where you live. You can request an autorização de residência from the Agência para a Integração Migrações e Asilo (AIMA)
  • if you also have Portuguese nationality: a valid Portuguese passport or ID card.

Residence permit expired

Has your residence permit (Certificado de Registo de Cidadão da União Europeia / Autorização de Residência) expired?And are you unable to get an appointment at AIMA (former SEF)?All documents whose validity expired after February 24, 2020 are valid in Portugal until June 30, 2024.

First-time application: legalisation of documents

If, according to your personal checklist (step 1), you need to get a document legalised, and the multilingual extract of your birth certificate or marriage certificate was issued in Portugal, legalisation is not necessary. You can use these documents to apply for a passport or ID card.

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

Step 3: Apply for a certificate

Find out below how to submit your application.

How much will it cost?

A Dutch nationality certificate costs € 30 per certificate. Please transfer the total amount in euros (EUR) to:

Bank nameING Bank N.V.
Adress bankFinancial Plaza, Bijlmerdreef 106
Postal code bank1102 CT
Bank locationAmsterdam
Account holderMinisterie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
AddressRijnstraat 8
Postal code2515 XP
LocationDen Haag (The Hague)
IBANNL57 INGB 0705 0010 08

Important! When making the transfer please state the following: VBN - <your initials and last name> - <your country of residence>.

For example: VBN - PJ Janssen - Spain

Please ensure to provide proof of payment with your application. For example, proof that the money has been debited from your bank account.

How long will it take?

The average processing time for applications is 4 weeks. If you are asked to send additional documents, processing may take up to 8 weeks. You will receive the certificate digitally by email.

How long is a Dutch nationality certificate valid for?

The validity period of a Dutch nationality certificate is not defined by law. The certificate simply shows that you held Dutch nationality on the date it was issued.
It is up to the organisation requiring you to present the certificate to determine how recently it must have been issued .

What language will the certificate be issued in?

Dutch nationality certificates are issued in Dutch only.

Any questions?

In case you have a question, you can send an email via the contact form.