The Netherlands Embassy and Consulates, United States

Passports and identity cards

If you live abroad, you can apply for a travel document at a Dutch mission. You can also apply at one of the border municipalities that issue passports to Dutch nationals living abroad and at the Haarlemmermeer municipal desk at Schiphol Airport.

Applying for a passport

You can apply for a passport for yourself or for a child aged under 18. All children (even babies) need their own passport or identity card to travel abroad.

You can use your passport or identity card to identify yourself and to travel abroad. Dutch passports contain an electronic chip with an image of the holder’s fingerprints, to prevent forgery and abuse. A passport allows you to travel all over the world, but many countries also require a visa.

Applying for an identity card

A Dutch identity card is valid within the European Union and in a number of other countries.

Whether you choose to apply for a passport or an identity card depends on your wishes. The differences between an passport and an identity card are explained here.

Passport and identity card valid for 10 years

Dutch passports and identity cards for people aged 18 and over are valid for 10 years.

Applying for a passport in the Netherlands

If you live abroad, you can also apply for a passport at a number of specific Dutch border municipalities and at the Haarlemmermeer municipal desk at Schiphol Airport.

Certificate of Dutch nationality

If you only require proof of Dutch nationality, you can apply for a certificate of Dutch nationality. To do this, you must provide a number of documents.