Applying for a second passport in the Netherlands
Are you a citizen of the Netherlands and do you need an additional Dutch passport for your travels? You can apply for one from the municipality where you live. However, additional passports are subject to conditions.
You can use a second passport if:
- You travel to different countries that are in conflict with one another. Do you have a stamp from the first country in your passport? If so, you may not be able to enter the other country. A second passport can help you in such a case. The Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken – BZK (Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations) provides a list of countries in conflict (in Dutch).
- You often need a visa for the countries to which you travel. Suppose your passport is at an embassy for the purpose of a visa application. Without a second passport, you will not be able to travel outside the Netherlands.
You can obtain an additional Dutch passport if:
- Your first and current passport is valid for at least another 6 months;
- You can demonstrate that you need a second passport. Ask your municipality, embassy or consulate what evidence you need to present.
Do you live in the Netherlands? If so, you can apply for a second Dutch passport from the municipality where you live.
Do you live outside the Netherlands? See how to apply for your second Dutch passport from outside the Netherlands.
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Municipality of Groningen: Applying for a second passport
Please note. you can only apply for a second passport if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
Use of second passport
Traveling with 2 passports is not recommended. At border control, possession of 2 passports will raise questions.
To apply for a second passport, you must meet the following conditions:
- You are a Dutch citizen.
- Your first passport is valid for at least another 6 months.
- You can demonstrate that you need the second passport.
- You are travelling to a country that you cannot enter using a Dutch identity card.
- You must come in person.
- Proof that you need to travel regularly to different countries that require visas and/or proof that you want to visit a country that is in conflict with a country whose passport you already have stamps from.
- All passports and ID cards you have. Your passport must still be valid for at least 6 months.
- If your 1st passport is at a consulate or embassy, please bring proof of that.
- Passport photo that meets the requirements not older than 6 months.
- Bank card (cash payments are only possible at the Groningen Centre counter).
- An original employer's statement (only required if you need the 2nd passport for work).
You apply for a 2nd passport in person at the municipality where you live. You also collect the passport in person.
You can apply for your passport online. Then you make an appointment for verification of your data, your signature and submission of passport photo. You need DigiD for the application.
Step 1: applying online
Step 2: checking data and handing in passport photo
Applying at the desk
You can also make an appointment at the counter to apply for a passport:
Step 1: Make an appointment
Is 6 working days too long? Then you can request emergency treatment. You will then have to pay a surcharge. If you request the urgent treatment before 14.00 pm, you can pick up your passport the next working day after 13.00 pm.
Do you need the document even faster? Perhaps you can obtain an emergency passport from the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary. You can find more information at Defensie.nl.
For the most recent prices, check the 'tweede paspoort aanvragen' page on the website of the municipality of Groningen.
Your passport will be ready for collection from the municipality after 6 working days. You have 3 months in which to collect your new passport.
A second passport is valid for 2 years.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Groningen