Netherlands ID card


apply for a Dutch identity card

The Netherlands uses a document called a “burgerpas” (citizen’s passport) which functions as both an ID card and a travel document within the European Union.

Here’s how to apply for a Netherlands ID card:


  • You must be registered as a resident in a municipality in the Netherlands.

Applying Within the Netherlands:

  1. Make an Appointment: Contact your municipality’s Burgerlijke Zaken (BZ) office (Department of Civil Affairs) to schedule an appointment. You can find contact information for your local BZ office on your municipality’s website.

  2. Gather Required Documents:

    • Valid proof of identity (current passport, driver’s license, etc.)
    • Proof of residence in the Netherlands (utility bill, rental agreement)
    • A recent passport photo meeting specific requirements ([invalid URL removed] (This website is in Dutch, but you can use a translation tool in your web browser))
    • Payment for the ID card fee (typically around €35)
  3. Attend Your Appointment: Bring your documents and attend your appointment at the BZ office. Your fingerprints will likely be scanned during the appointment.

  4. Processing and Approval: Processing typically takes a few weeks. You’ll be notified by mail once your ID card is ready for collection.

Important Note: Applying for your first ID card in person is mandatory. Renewals may be possible online in some municipalities.

Applying Outside the Netherlands:

If you are a Dutch citizen residing outside of the Netherlands, you can apply for a Netherlands ID card at the nearest Dutch embassy or consulate.

  • Contact the Embassy or Consulate: Find your nearest location through the Netherlands Worldwide website
  • Schedule an Appointment: Most embassies recommend scheduling an appointment in advance.
  • Prepare Required Documents: These will be similar to what’s required in the Netherlands but may vary slightly depending on the embassy/consulate. Always confirm exact requirements beforehand. They typically include:
    • A completed application form (available online or at the embassy)
    • Proof of Dutch citizenship (birth certificate, etc.)
    • Proof of residency in your current country
    • Two recent passport-sized photographs meeting embassy specifications
    • Payment for the ID card fee (fees may vary depending on location and chosen processing speed)

Additional Resources:

  • Netherlands Government – Passports, identity cards and Dutch citizenship certificates: [invalid URL removed] (This website provides information on eligibility requirements, document checklists, and applying for a Netherlands ID card)
  • Netherlands Worldwide – Applying for a Dutch passport or ID card: [invalid URL removed] (This website offers information on applying for a Netherlands ID card, including applying from abroad)