Renewing a minor's Dutch nationality certificate in the United States

If you live in the United States and your child is a Dutch national, you can renew their Dutch nationality certificate at the Dutch embassy in Washington or the consulate-general in New York, Miami, Chicago and San Francisco.

Situation

  • The child has Dutch nationality.
  • The child is under 18.
  • The child has previously held a Dutch passport, ID card (valid or expired) or Dutch nationality certificate or was previously registered in a parent’s passport.

If the child’s 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 bring all identity documents in your and the child’s 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 also bring a completed and signed Dutch nationality certificate application form (PDF, 35 KB) (in Dutch).

Parental consent

Each parent must give permission for a Dutch nationality certificate application to be submitted for the child.

If both parents are able to visit the embassy or consulate-general
Both parents sign the application form and accompany their child to the embassy or consulate-general. The parents should bring their identity documents with them.

If one or both parents are unable to visit the embassy or consulate-general
Each parent who is unable to come fills in and signs a declaration of consent (PDF, 190 KB). This form is available in Dutch and English. If you live in the Netherlands, you can get a declaration of consent form from your municipality. Make sure your child takes the signed declaration(s) and photocopies of both parents’ passports to the embassy or consulate-general with them.

Guardians

If you are the child’s guardian, you must prove this by presenting an official copy of the relevant court judgment. The official copy must not have been issued more than 1 year ago.

Death certificate

If one or both of the child’s parents are deceased, please provide an official copy of the death certificate(s).

At least one parent is a Dutch national

You must provide proof that at least one of the child’s parents has Dutch nationality. This can be a Dutch passport and a residence permit for the country where they live. Or other documents proving Dutch nationality.

Birth certificate

If the child’s birth certificate is held in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen), you do not have to provide this document. If the child’s birth certificate is not held in the Personal Records Database, you should provide a complete official copy of the child’s birth certificate or an extract from the register of births, giving the child’s place of birth (not only the state, but also the city, town or village where the child was born) and both parents’ full names. These documents do not need to have been issued recently. Hospital-issued certificates are not accepted.

Proof of legal residence

You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you and the child 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 renewing 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 the Dutch nationality certificate from a Dutch embassy or consulate-general in the region. In most cases, the document can also be sent by post.

Renewing a minor’s 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 payments are not possible. 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 payments are not possible. 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 payments are not possible. 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 payments are not possible. 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 payments are not possible. Money orders made out to “Embassy of the Netherlands” are also accepted at all missions if you apply via mail.

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