Applying for your first passport or ID card if your parents were not married at the time of your birth

If you are applying for your first Dutch passport or ID card and your parents were not married at the time of your birth you must provide various documents.

This information is also relevant if you are applying for a minor’s first Dutch passport or ID card and the parents were not married at the time of the child’s birth.

Both parents Dutch or Dutch mother and non-Dutch father

If both your parents were Dutch or only your mother was Dutch at the time of your birth, you must provide proof that your mother was not married at the time of your birth. This can be done with a certificate of marital status issued by the authorities in the country where you were born.

To prove that your mother held Dutch nationality, bring one of the following documents with you:

  • her Dutch passport that was valid at the time of your birth
  • another document proving how your mother acquired Dutch nationality, such as a naturalisation certificate, adoption papers or an acknowledgement document

In addition, bring the following documents with you:

  • If you were born or acknowledged before 1 April 2014, you must provide a certificate of marital status for your father issued by the authorities in the country where he now lives.
  • If either of your parents was married previously, please provide an official copy of the divorce certificate(s).

Dutch father and non-Dutch mother

If only your father held Dutch nationality at the time of your birth and

you were born before 1 April 2014, you must provide proof that your father was not married at the time of your birth. This can be done with a certificate of marital status issued by the authorities in the country where you were born.

To prove that your father held Dutch nationality, bring 1 of the following documents with you:

  • his Dutch passport that was valid at the time of your birth
  • another document proving how your father acquired Dutch nationality, such as a naturalisation certificate, adoption papers or an acknowledgement document

You must also prove that your father is your legal parent. This can be done using:  

  • an official copy of a declaration of acknowledgement
  • a certificate of marital status for your father at the time of acknowledgement

If your father has not acknowledged you, parenthood must be proved using other documents, such as a judicial declaration of paternity, adoption or legitimation.

Please also provide the following documents: 

  • a certificate of marital status for your mother issued by the authorities in the country where she now lives
  • an official copy of the divorce certificate(s) if either of your parents was married previously

Applying for your first passport or ID card

If you have all of the necessary documents in your possession, you can proceed: