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Certificate of residence in South Africa

If you live in South Africa you may occasionally need to produce a certificate of residence. The embassy in Pretoria or consulate-general in Cape town can draw up this document for you.

Attention: Due to the corona virus, the possibilities to apply for this declaration at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. Please check the online appointment system to see if it is possible to make an appointment. If no times are available, it is not yet possible to submit an application at the embassy or consulate general.

When do you need a certificate of residence?

A certificate of residence allows you to prove your place of residence abroad. You need this document:

  • in connection with various tax and social security contributions
  • when renewing your driving licence

What documents do you need?

You need the following documents in order to apply for a certificate of residence:

  • a document showing that you have the permission of the local authorities to reside in the country where you are applying – for example, a residence permit (this is not required if you live in the EU)
  • proof of your current address
  • proof that you have Dutch nationality. This may be any one of the following documents:
    • a Dutch passport
    • a Dutch national identity card
    • a certificate of Dutch nationality

Certificate of residence in this country or region

In addition to the aforementioned documents, you must also bring proof of your current address.

Procedure how to apply for a consular statement

Send an e-mail with all the required documents to the embassy in Pretoria or the consulate-general in Capetown.

Please mention clearly in your e-mail why you need the declaration. We will mention this in the declaration.

The embassy or consulate-general will contact you when you can pick up and pay for the declaration.


The costs of the declarations and certificates can be checked on the consular fees page.

Any questions?

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