Applying for your first Dutch nationality certificate in the United States

If you live in the United States and you are a Dutch national, you can apply for your first Dutch nationality certificate at the Dutch embassy in Washington or consulate-general in New York, Miami, Chicago and San Francisco.

Your situation

  • You have Dutch nationality.
  • You are 18 years old or over.
  • You have not previously held a Dutch nationality certificate, passport or ID card.
  • You were not registered in a parent’s passport.

If your situation is different, select the appropriate option under Applying for a Dutch nationality certificate.

What documents do you need?

When you apply for a Dutch nationality certificate, you must provide several documents. For every document, you must provide the original and a photocopy. You may need to have the original legalised and translated. The rules vary by country.

If you are sending the documents by post, you must send legalised official copies.

Identity documents

You should provide all identity documents in your name. This includes foreign and expired documents. You do not need to bring expired documents which have already been cancelled (for instance by having a hole punched through them).

Application form

You should provide a completed and signed Dutch nationality certificate application form (PDF, 35 KB) (in Dutch).

Proof at least one of your parents was a Dutch national at the time of your birth

You must also provide proof that at least one of your parents was a Dutch national at the time of your birth. If you were born before 1985 this must be your father. If you were born after 1985 it can be your mother or father.

To do this, please provide one of the following documents:

  • If your parent left the Netherlands before 1 October 1994: a deregistration certificate from the Central Population Registers Office (Bureau Vestigingsregister) in The Hague. Their nationality at the time they left the Netherlands must appear on the certificate.
  • If your parent left the Netherlands on or after 1 October 1994: an extract from the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen) of the municipality where they were last registered. Their nationality at the time they left the Netherlands must appear on the extract.
  • Your parent’s Dutch passport, valid at the time of your birth, which proves they held Dutch nationality.
  • A valid residence permit for the country where they live.
  • Other documents proving that the parent holds Dutch nationality, such as a naturalisation certificate, a confirmation of nationality acquired through the option procedure, adoption papers or an acknowledgement document.

If you were born before 1985 and your Dutch mother was married to your non-Dutch father at the time of your birth, read the information on the option procedure for latent Dutch nationals.

Proof at least one of your parents was a Dutch national until you were at least 18

You must provide proof that at least 1 of your parents held Dutch nationality until you were at least 18 years old. This can be a Dutch passport and a residence permit for the country where they live. Or another document proving Dutch nationality.

Marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership

You should provide an official copy of your parents’ marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership, giving their full names and the date of marriage or registered partnership. The official copy must not have been issued more than 1 year ago. If your parents were not married at the time of your birth, you will need to provide other documents.

Birth certificate

You should bring with you a complete official copy of your birth certificate or an extract from the register of births, giving your place of birth (not only the state, but also the city, town or village where you were born) and both parents’ full names. The document must not have been issued more than 1 year ago. Hospital-issued certificates are not accepted.

Proof of legal residence

You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. This could be:

  • a valid visa for the country where you live, and the documents that accompany it
  • a valid residence permit for the country where you live
  • proof of residence, if you live in the European Union, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland, such as:
    • a certificate of registration at your municipality
    • a bank statement or utility bill giving your address
    • proof of payment of municipal taxes

How much will it cost?

For information about the cost of applying for a Dutch nationality certificate, see the overview of consular fees.

How long will it take?

The average processing time for applications is 3 weeks. If you are asked to provide additional documents, processing may take up to 8 weeks.

How will you receive the document?

You can collect your Dutch nationality certificate from a Dutch embassy or consulate-general in the region. In most cases, the document can also be sent to you by post.

Applying for your first Dutch nationality certificate in this country or region

Procedure to apply for declarations in Washington

To apply for the declaration or certificate, you can send the required documents by mail to:

Embassy of the Netherlands
Consular department
4200 Linnean Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

If you would like the declaration/certificate returned to you by mail, please include a return envelope with the correct postage. If you send original documents, these will only be returned to you if you provide copies.

You can also have your declaration sent to you by UPS, FedEX or DHL. You will have to pay the postage charge yourself, and you will need to provide a pre-paid, electronically generated shipping label with your application. For more details on acceptable types of labels, please read the mailing instructions (PDF, 720 KB).

If you wish to apply in person, you can make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Payment

The costs of the declarations and certificates can be checked on the consular fees page.
At the Dutch representations in the United States payments by credit card (VISA or Master card) are preferred. Cash payment in USD will only be accepted if you pay in the exact amount.
Money orders made out to “Embassy of the Netherlands” are also accepted at all missions if you apply via mail.

Procedure to apply for declarations in New York

To apply for the declaration or certificate, you can send the required documents by mail to:

Consulate General of the Netherlands
Consular Department
666 Third Ave., 19th Floor
New York, NY 10017

If you would like the declaration/certificate returned to you by mail, please include a return envelope with the correct postage.If you send original documents, these will only be returned to you if you provide copies.

You can also have your declaration sent to you by UPS, FedEX or DHL. You will have to pay the postage charge yourself, and you will need to provide a pre-paid, electronically generated shipping label with your application. For more details on acceptable types of labels, please read the mailing instructions (PDF, 720 KB).

If you wish to apply in person, you can make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Payment

The costs of the declarations and certificates can be checked on the consular fees page.
At the Dutch representations in the United States payments by credit card (VISA or Master card) are preferred. Cash payment in USD will only be accepted if you pay in the exact amount.
Money orders made out to “Embassy of the Netherlands” are also accepted at all missions if you apply via mail.

Procedure to apply for declarations in Miami

To apply for the declaration or certificates, you can send the required documents by mail to:

Consulate general of the Netherlands
Consular Department
701 Brickell Ave., Suite 500
Miami, FL 33131

If you would like the declaration/certificate returned to you by mail, please include a return envelope with the correct postage. If you send original documents, these will only be returned to you if you provide copies.

You can also have your declaration sent to you by UPS, FedEX or DHL. You will have to pay the postage charge yourself, and you will need to provide a pre-paid, electronically generated shipping label with your application. For more details on acceptable types of labels, please read the mailing instructions (PDF, 720 KB).

If you wish to apply in person, you have to make an appointment to submit your application. If possible the declaration will be made and you can wait for it. If it is too busy you can pick it up on another day or have it send to you. In that case you have to submit a return envelope with the correct postage.

Payment

The costs of the declarations and certificates can be checked on the consular fees page.
At the Dutch representations in the United States payments by credit card (VISA or Master card) are preferred. Cash payment in USD will only be accepted if you pay in the exact amount.
Money orders made out to “Embassy of the Netherlands” are also accepted at all missions if you apply via mail.

Procedure to apply for declarations in Chicago

To apply for the declaration or certificate, you can send the required documents by mail to:

Consulate General of the Netherlands
Consular Department
303 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 2600
Chicago, IL 60601

If you would like the declaration/certificate returned to you by mail, please include a return envelope with the correct postage.If you send original documents, these will only be returned to you if you provide copies.

You can also have your declaration sent to you by UPS, FedEX or DHL. You will have to pay the postage charge yourself, and you will need to provide a pre-paid, electronically generated shipping label with your application. For more details on acceptable types of labels, please read the mailing instructions (PDF, 720 KB).

If you wish to apply in person, you can make send an e-mail to make an appointment.

Payment

The costs of the declarations and certificates can be checked on the consular fees page.
At the Dutch representations in the United States payments by credit card (VISA or Master card) are preferred. Cash payment in USD will only be accepted if you pay in the exact amount.
Money orders made out to “Embassy of the Netherlands” are also accepted at all missions if you apply via mail.

Procedure to apply for declarations in San Francisco

To apply for the declaration or certificate, you can send the required documents by mail to:

Consulate General of the Netherlands
Consular Department
1 Montgomery Street, Suite 3100
San Francisco, CA 94104

If you would like the declaration/certificate returned to you by mail, please include a return envelope with the correct postage.If you send original documents, these will only be returned to you if you provide copies.

You can also have your declaration sent to you by UPS, FedEX or DHL. You will have to pay the postage charge yourself, and you will need to provide a pre-paid, electronically generated shipping label with your application. For more details on acceptable types of labels, please read the mailing instructions (PDF, 720 KB).

If you wish to apply in person, you can make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Payment

The costs of the declarations and certificates can be checked on the consular fees page.
At the Dutch representations in the United States payments by credit card (VISA or Master card) are preferred. Cash payment in USD will only be accepted if you pay in the exact amount.
Money orders made out to “Embassy of the Netherlands” are also accepted at all missions if you apply via mail.

Any questions?

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