If you want to apply for your first Dutch passport or ID card for yourself or your child and you live outside the Netherlands, you can submit your application at a Dutch embassy, Dutch border municipality or the passport desk at the Amsterdam Schiphol airport. Find out what you need for your application.
Who is the passport or identity card for?
If you have Dutch nationality you can apply for a passport or ID card. Create a personal checklist to find out exactly what documents you need for your application.
If you don’t know whether you have Dutch nationality, find out how Dutch nationality is obtained.
If you live outside the European Union and have another nationality in addition to Dutch nationality you may, in some situations, automatically lose your Dutch nationality. If that happens you will not be able to apply for a Dutch passport or ID card.
You may also automatically lose Dutch nationality if you obtain another nationality. Some exceptions apply.
If your newborn baby has Dutch nationality you can apply for a passport or ID card on their behalf. When submitting the application the child must be present, together with at least one parent or guardian. Create a personal checklist to find out exactly what documents you need for your child’s application.
Unsure whether your child has Dutch nationality?
Your child will automatically receive Dutch nationality at birth if certain conditions are met. You do not have to apply for a passport or ID card for your child to have Dutch nationality. Find out under which circumstances children automatically receive Dutch nationality at birth (information in Dutch).
Good to know
- If your child is born outside the Netherlands you must register the birth in the country where they are born. Find out more about registering a birth abroad.
- Bear in mind that your child’s birth certificate may need to be legalised and translated before you can apply for a passport or ID card.
- When you register a foreign birth certificate with the municipality of The Hague’s Foreign Documents Department you can also request an official copy. This avoids the need to apply for an official copy in the child’s country of birth. Find out more about converting foreign official documents into Dutch official documents.
- Passports and ID cards issued to people under the age of 18 are valid for five years.
- Children below the age of 12 do not have to provide fingerprints.
- Children 12 and older can apply for an ID card without their parents’ permission. Parental permission is, however, required when anyone under 18 applies for a passport.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.