Renewing your Dutch passport in the United States
If you live in the United States and you are a Dutch national, you can renew your Dutch passport at a Dutch embassy or consulate-general.
- You have the Dutch nationality.
- You are 18 years old or over.
- You hold a Dutch passport or ID card (valid or expired) or were previously registered in a parent’s passport.
If your situation is different, select the appropriate option under Applying for a passport.
Where to renew your passport
You can renew your passport at a Dutch embassy or consulate-general. Or, if you will be 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?
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).
An English translation of this form is available, use this document as a guide to fill in your Dutch application form.
Bring a photo that meets the Dutch requirements for passport photos.
Proof of identity
You must go to the embassy or consulate-general to prove your identity and have your fingerprints taken.
You can add your partner’s name to your passport. If your marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership is not held in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen), bring an official copy of the certificate with you. This document does not need to have been issued recently. And it does not need to be legalised.
Widow or widower
If you are a widow or widower and you want this to be recorded in your passport for the first time, please bring an official copy of your partner’s death certificate with you.
If you have another nationality in addition to your Dutch nationality, and this is the first time you are renewing an identity document after turning 18 or your first application since acquiring your other nationality, you will need to provide additional documents because of your dual nationality.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live.
In the United States, you can do this by providing:
- a valid visa and supporting documents (a Form I-797, Notice of Action, recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security)
- a valid residence permit
- if you are a US citizen, a certificate of naturalisation as a US citizen or proof of birth abroad (Consular Report of Birth Abroad, CRBA)
If you do not have valid US immigration documents, you must hold a ‘Certification of Non-existence of a Record of Naturalisation’. You can request this document from US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
If this is your first application since acquiring another nationality, you must provide additional documents showing how and when you acquired that nationality.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment online to visit the embassy in Washington, DC or the consulate-general in Miami, New York or San Francisco.
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 States. Payments by credit card (VISA or Master Card) are preferred. Cash payment in dollars (USD) will only be accepted if you pay in the exact amount.
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.
What if I need my passport or ID card in the meantime?
If you need your current passport or ID card while your application is being processed, you can hand it in later, when you come to collect your new one. If your new document is being sent to you by post, you must first send your current passport or ID card to the embassy or consulate-general. Only then will the new document be posted to you.
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 Washington, DC or the consulate-general in Miami, New York or San Francisco at the following times:
- Washington, DC: between 11.00 and 12.30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Miami: between 9.00 and 12.00 Monday to Friday
- New York: make an appointment by sending an email stating your name and the time you would like to collect your document
- San Francisco: between 9:30 and 13:00 Monday to Friday.
You only need to make an appointment to visit the consulate-general in New York. First check on which days our embassy and consulates-generals are closed.
Have your document sent by post
You can also have your new passport or ID card 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.
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 consulate 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.