Where can I apply for a passport or ID card if I live abroad?

do you live abroad? Then you can apply for a new passport or identity card at most Dutch embassies and consulates general. This is also possible at the municipal counter at Schiphol and at a number of municipalities.

Where to apply for a travel document abroad?
Dutch nationals living abroad can apply for a passport or identity card at most Dutch embassies and consulates-general. You will find the following information on their websites:

how to apply for a passport or ID card;
how to make an appointment for this;
which documents you need for this.
You can request emergency documents from all Dutch consular representations (embassies, consulates-general and consulates).

Apply for a passport or ID card at VFS Global in London, Edinburgh, Chicago and Edmonton
Dutch people living abroad can also apply for a new passport or ID card at VFS Global in London and Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Chicago (United States) and Edmonton (Canada). You pay extra service costs for this. VFS Global is an external company and not part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry decides on your application.

Read the conditions for applying for a passport or ID card abroad on the website of the Netherlands Worldwide.

Apply for a passport and ID card in the Netherlands
As a Dutch citizen do you live abroad? Then you can also apply for a passport or identity card at Schiphol and at a number of municipalities in the Netherlands. At Schiphol you can do this at the passport counter in Arrivals Hall 2.

Apply for a passport or ID card without a fixed place of residence or place of residence
Do you have Dutch nationality but no permanent place of residence or residence in the Netherlands? And do you want to request a passport or identity card. You can then go to various Dutch border municipalities.

What should I do when applying for a travel document or identity card?
As an applicant, you will appear in person at the embassy or consulate so that your identity can be established. This also applies to children.
You go through the digital passport tool to determine if you need more documents and to make an appointment.
You have completed and signed the Passport Application Form and take this form along with a properly similar passport photo.
You must be able to prove that you have Dutch nationality. Do you not apply for a new passport or Declaration on possession of Dutch citizenship in time? Then in some cases you may lose your Dutch nationality. When in doubt about your nationality, you cannot get a new passport or ID card. For more information, read the brochure automatically losing Dutch nationality.

You must submit all your Dutch or foreign travel documents with your application.
Collect passport or identity card
The passport and identity card are made in the Netherlands and sent to the embassy or consulate where you requested the document. That is why the processing of your application can take several weeks.

The Dutch representation will let you know when you can collect the passport or identity card. You must do this personally, unless this cannot be expected of you due to circumstances.

Under certain conditions, the passport or identity card can be sent to the applicant’s address. This may concern travel distance or limited mobility. You agree this with the application. Sending is only possible if this is safe and at your own risk and expense.

BSN in passport
Are you applying for a Dutch passport abroad and do you have a citizen service number (BSN)? Then your BSN will automatically appear in your passport. If you do not have a citizen service number, you will receive a passport without a citizen service number. You are not required to request a citizen service number. The body where you submit your passport application will check in the National Register of Persons (RNI, Registration Non-Residents) whether you have a citizen service number. You do not have to do anything yourself for this.

People who left the Netherlands after 1994 usually have a citizen service number. You may have an old social security number. In that case your BSN will not be in your passport.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs as issuer
Since March 2014, the holder’s page of all passports and identity cards that have been applied for abroad states ‘Foreign Minister’.

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