Netherlands Worldwide

Applying for a passport or identity card if you live in New Zealand

If you want to apply for a Dutch passport or ID card and you live in New Zealand, follow this step-by-step plan.

Attention: If you are only applying for a passport or ID card in order to keep your Dutch nationality, you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate instead. This saves time and money.

Step 1: Create your personal checklist 

Creating a personal checklist will show you what documents you need in order to apply for a passport or ID card. Create a separate checklist for each application. This means one for you and one for your child, for instance.

When you have created your checklist, go to step 2.

Step 2: Check the additional requirements

Your personal checklist (see step 1) will show you that you also need documents from New Zealand in order to apply for a Dutch passport or ID card. You can also see whether your documents need to be legalised and translated.

Step 3: Make an appointment

Once you know which documents you need, you can make an appointment in New Zealand or the Netherlands. Make a separate appointment for every application you wish to submit.

Appointment in New Zealand

Making an appointment in the Netherlands

Step 4: Go to your appointment

You must submit your passport or ID card application in person. Even applicants under 18 must appear in person.

Step 5: Collect your passport or ID card or have it sent to you

It usually takes 4 weeks until your passport or ID card is ready. You will be contacted if there are documents missing from your application. In this case, it will take longer than 4 weeks until your passport or ID card is ready. You must collect your new passport or ID card within three months; after three months it will be destroyed.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Contact the embassy in Wellington