Applying for your first Dutch passport in the United Kingdom
If you live in the United Kingdom (UK) and you are a Dutch national, you can apply for your first Dutch passport at the Dutch embassy in London or via VFS Global in Edinburgh.
- You have Dutch nationality.
- You are 18 years old or over.
- You have not previously held a Dutch passport or ID card.
- You were not registered in a parent’s passport.
- You intend to use your Dutch passport for travel.
If your situation is different, select the appropriate option under Applying for a passport.
Applying for your passport in the Netherlands
If you are visiting the Netherlands soon, you can submit an application at one of the Dutch border municipalities or at Schiphol Airport.
What documents do you need?
Copies and legalisation of documents
When you apply for a passport, 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.
You should bring 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).
If you have requested a residence document from the UK government and your identity documents are with the Home Office, you should ask the Home Office to return them. If your Dutch passport or ID card is with the Home Office, you cannot apply for an emergency document either.
You should bring a completed and signed passport application form (PDF, 246 KB).
Bring two photos (1 required and 1 spare) that meet the Dutch requirements for passport photos.
If you want your partner’s or ex-partner’s name included in your passport, please provide an official copy of your marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership. This should give your and your partner’s full names and the date of marriage or registered partnership and, if applicable, the date on which you divorced, separated or terminated your registered partnership. You can only have the name of your current partner or ex-partner, and their relationship to you, listed in your passport.
If you are a widow or widower and you want this to be recorded in your passport, please bring an official copy of your partner’s death certificate with you.
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, and a valid residence document 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 one 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 bring with you 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.
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 your 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.
In the United Kingdom, you can do this by providing one of the following:
- a bank statement bearing your address
- a utility bill bearing your address
- proof of payment of council tax
Declaration of marital status
Are you applying for a passport or identity card for your child (or for yourself) for the first time and were you (or your parents) not married at the time of your child's (or your) birth? Then both the applicant's parents will need to complete and sign this declaration.
Checklist with required documents
It is important that you bring all the required documents for your application with you at the time of your appointment. For that reason the embassy works with a combined checklist, where you can see what documents you have to prepare per application type.
Unless otherwise indicated, you must bring both the original document and a photocopy of the document. The embassy does not make copies, so make sure you make the necessary copies yourself.
The embassy will not be able to help you if you come to your appointment without the necessary documents. You will then have to make a new appointment.
How do I make an appointment?
Space in the waiting room is limited. If you arrive too early, please wait outside. Friends and family are not allowed into the waiting room if they do not have an appointment.
Please ensure you have completed the application form in full and that you have the correct photos. Please be on time. If there is anything missing from your application, the embassy cannot help you and you will have to make another appointment.
VFS Global Edinburgh
Since 5 September 2016 Dutch citizens can also apply for a Dutch passport or identity card at the VFS Global office in Edinburgh. This pilot project enables Dutch nationals to apply for both first applications for a Dutch passport or identity card, as well as renewal applications at the VFS Global office.
VFS Global Edinburgh is not a Dutch consulate. It charges an extra handling fee for your application.
You can make an appointment online to visit VFS Global Edinburgh. You can also make an appointment by calling +44 (0)8713760023 (calls charged at 6p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge). Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org (only for appointments at VFS Edinburgh)
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in the United Kingdom. Payments can be made by debit or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
If you cannot pay by debit or credit card, cash payment in pounds sterling (GBP) in the exact amount is possible.
American Express cards, money orders or cheques are not accepted.
How long will it take?
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will first determine if you are a Dutch national. If so, you are entitled to a passport or ID card.
Your passport or ID card will be ready in about 3 weeks. You may be asked to provide additional documents to help us assess your application. If so, it may take up to 8 weeks for you to receive your passport or ID card.
How can I track my application?
When you apply for a travel document, you will receive a track & trace code. This allows you to track the status of your application online. You will be informed by email when your document is ready.
How do I get my document?
Collect your document
You can collect your document from the embassy in London or VFS Global in Edinburgh.
- London: between 10.00 and 12.00 and between 14.00 and 15.30 Monday to Friday, except for the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
- Edinburgh: between 12.00 and 14.00 Monday to Friday
You will receive an invitation to collect your document from the embassy or VFS Global as soon as it is ready. You should bring the invitation with you.
You do not need to make an appointment. First check which days our offices are closed.
Have your document sent by post
You can have your new passport or ID card sent to a UK address by Royal Mail Special Delivery. You will have to pay the GBP 7 postage charge yourself.
What happens to my old passport or ID card?
If you did not hand your old passport or ID card in when you submitted your application, please bring it with you when you come to collect your new one. The embassy or VFS global will cancel your old passport or ID card and then return it to you.
If your old document contains visas or residence permits that are still valid and you want to keep those pages intact, you should make this known beforehand.
If you have any questions, please contact the embassy in London.