Applying for your first Dutch ID card in the United States
If you live in the United States and you are a Dutch national, you can apply for your first Dutch ID card at a Dutch embassy or consulate-general.
- 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 the document to travel within the European Union or to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or Turkey.
If your situation is different, select the appropriate option under Applying for an ID card.
Applying for your ID card 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?
When you apply for an ID card, 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 can find a list of the required documents in the checklist (PDF ). Please note, the checklist only lists which documents you must provide. The requirements that the documents must meet are set out on this page.
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).
You should bring a completed and signed passport application form (PDF, 246 KB) (in Dutch and English). This form is also used to apply for a Dutch identity card.
Bring two photos (1 required and 1 spare) that meet the Dutch requirements for passport photos.
If you want your current or ex-partner’s name to be included on your ID card, please provide an official copy of your marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership. This should give your and your partner’s full names, the date on which you married or entered into a 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 on your identity card.
If you are a widow or widower and you want this to be recorded on your ID card, 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 parent is still a Dutch national
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 a complete 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 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.
Waiting time for an appointment in Washington DC and San Francisco
The waiting time for an appointment to apply for a passport or identity card is currently one month or longer. Consult the appointment system on a regular basis to see if an earlier appointment has become available.
You can also apply for a passport or identity card at:
- a Dutch embassy or consulate in another country
- a border municipality in the Netherlands or the Haarlemmermeer municipal desk at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
If you have a valid reason for making an urgent appointment, please email Washington or San Francisco. Examples of valid reasons include a medical emergency, a wedding or the death of a family member. The embassy or consulate will assess the documentary evidence you submit in support of your request and decide whether an earlier appointment can be scheduled..
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. Payment by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) only. Payment with American Express or Diners is not possible.
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 (1 label per 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.