If you live in Kosovo you may occasionally need to produce a certificate of residence. The Netherlands embassy in Pristina can draw up this document for you.
To apply for a certificate of residence in person, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Gather the documents that you need
To apply for a certificate of residence you will need:
- a valid Dutch passport or Dutch ID card.
- proof of address. This can be proof of registration with your municipality or, if this is not available in your country, a bank statement or utility bill from the past month bearing your name and address, or a rental contract bearing your name and address.
- proof that you are legally resident in the country in question, for example a residence permit, work permit or student visa.
Do you have all the required documents? Bring your documents in hard copies to the appointment.
If you are applying for a certificate of residence for a child aged under 18, you will also need a copy of their birth certificate to prove you are their parent.
Step 2: Make an appointment
You must make an appointment with the embassy or consulate. Make an appointment at the embassy or consulate by emailing:
In your email you should state:
- the type of document you need (in the subject line)
- your initials and surname (in the subject line)
- your phone number
- why you need the declaration/certificate. This will be included on the declaration/certificate.
Attach the required documents to your email as PDFs.
You may be asked to send extra documents if your application is not complete, if anything is unclear or if we have questions.
Step 3: Pay the fee
The fee for a consular certificate is €30. You will need to pay additional costs if you wish to have your certificate sent to your home address. These costs are given in the email containing payment instructions.
Step 4: Receive the certificate
In most cases, you’ll receive the certificate on the same day as your appointment. If this is not possible, inform the staff member during your appointment whether you wish to collect the certificate or have it posted to you.
Check which dates the embassy is closed.
You will receive a multilingual standard form in Dutch, English, French and German. If you need the declaration/certificate in another language, you will need to have it translated by a sworn translator. Ask the organisation requesting the certificate whether you need to have it and/or the translation legalised.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.