If you are a Dutch national living in Switzerland, 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.
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.
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 Switzerland.
Proof of legal residence
You can do this by providing one of the following documents:
- a valid residence permit and a residence certificate (Wohnsitzbescheinigung/attestation de domicile) bearing your address and nationality
- if you also hold the Swiss nationality: a valid Swiss passport or ID card as well
Additional information regarding birth and marriage certificates
Does your personal checklist (step 1) indicate that you must bring a birth certificate and/or marriage certificate when you apply? Then read the information below carefully.
Are you or were your parents born or married in Switzerland?
Please provide an international ICCS extract from the marriage register. The extract must have been issued in the last 12 months. Family books (Familienbuch/livret de famille) or family certificates (Familienschein/certificat de famille) will not be accepted.
Are you or were your parents born or married in France?
Please provide a complete official copy (copie intégrale) of the birth and/or marriage certificate.
Are you or were your parents born or married in in Germany?
Please provide a multilingual international extract of the certificate.
Does your personal checklist (step 1) state that you need to get a document legalised? And do you have a birth certificate or marriage certificate issued by Switzerland? Then legalisation is not necessary. You can use these documents directly for the application of your passport or ID card.
Step 3: Apply for a certificate
Find out below how to submit your application.
How do you apply for a certificate?
Send a scanned copy of all the required documents and proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is the PDF file too large to send in one go? Then split the documents and send them in 2 (or more) emails.
How much will it cost?
A Dutch nationality certificate costs € 30 per certificate. Please transfer the total amount in euros (EUR) to:
|Bank name||ING Bank N.V.|
|Adress bank||Financial Plaza, Bijlmerdreef 106|
|Postal code bank||1102 CT|
|Account holder||Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)|
|Postal code||2515 XP|
|Location||Den Haag (The Hague)|
|IBAN||NL57 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
Remember to attach proof of payment to your email (for example a copy or photo of your credit card statement / bank statement).
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.
In case you have a question, you can send an e-mail via the contact form.