Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul, Turkey

First time Dutch identity card application for an adult

If you are a Dutch national aged 18 or over who has never held a Dutch identity card or passport and were never added to one of your parents’ Dutch passports, you can apply for a Dutch identity card.

Checklist of required documents

For every document, you must provide the original and one photocopy. Where relevant, ‘marriage’ can be read as ‘registered partnership’.

In general, documents issued in countries other than the Netherlands should first be legalised. Legalisation requirements vary per country. For more information, visit the page on document legalisation.

Remember to read the information about applying from your country of residence. If any extra information is available, it will be given in the column on the right.

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A complete official copy of your birth certificate or extract from the register of births ( geboorteregister), giving your place of birth and both your parents’ full names. The official copy or extract cannot have been issued more than 12 months ago. Hospital-issued certificates are not permitted.

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2. Evidence of legal residence in the country you are applying from. To find out which document you require, please go to ‘Applying for a travel document in [name of country]’.  
  - All identity and travel documents in your name, even if these are no longer valid. [ ]
3. A photo that meets Dutch requirements. For more information, see the Photomatrix guidelines 2007. [ ]
4. A completed and signed passport application form. For this you have 2 options:
- the application form that you can print first and then fill it out using a pen
- the application form that you can fill out online first and then make a printout
Both versions are available in Dutch only. For an explanation in English, please refer to the Guide for the passport application form.
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An official copy of your parents’ marriage certificate, giving their full names and date of marriage. The official copy cannot have been issued more than 12 months ago.

If your parents were not married at the time of your birth, follow the instructions that apply to your situation:

A.        Both parents Dutch or Dutch mother and non-Dutch father
B.        Dutch father and non-Dutch mother

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If both your parents were Dutch or if only your mother was Dutch at the time of your birth, please provide the following documents:

For your mother: proof that your mother was not married at the time of your birth.
 
 

- If your mother left the Netherlands before 1 October 1994: a deregistration certificate from the Central Population Registers Office ( Bureau Vestigingsregister) in The Hague. Your mother’s nationality and marital status at the time she left the Netherlands must appear on the certificate. For more information, visit the Municipality of The Hague website.

or:

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- If your mother left the Netherlands after 1 October 1994: an extract from the Personal Records Database ( Basisregistratie Personen) of the municipality where she was last registered. Your mother’s nationality and marital status at the time she left the Netherlands must appear on the certificate.

and (or, if your mother was never resident in the Netherlands):

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  - A certificate of marital status, issued by her principal country of residence. [ ]
 

- Her Dutch passport, issued prior to your birth, and a valid residence document.

or:

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  - Other documents proving how your mother acquired Dutch nationality, e.g. a naturalisation certificate, a confirmation of nationality acquired through the option procedure, adoption papers or an acknowledgement document. [ ]
 

For your father:

- A certificate of marital status, issued by his principal country of residence.
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  For both parents:
- A copy of a divorce certificate if either of your parents was married previously.
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  B. Dutch father and non-Dutch mother
If your parents were not married at the time of your birth and only your father was Dutch, please provide the following documents:
For your father: proof of your father’s marital status.
 
 

- If your mother left the Netherlands before 1 October 1994: a deregistration certificate from the Central Population Registers Office ( Bureau Vestigingsregister) in The Hague. Your father’s nationality and marital status at the time he left the Netherlands must appear on the certificate. For more information, visit the Municipality of The Hague website.

or:

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- If your father left the Netherlands after 1 October 1994: an extract from the Personal Records Database ( Basisregistratie Personen) of the municipality where he was last registered. Your father’s nationality and marital status at the time he left the Netherlands must appear on the extract.

and (or, if your father was never resident in the Netherlands):

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  -A certificate of marital status, issued by his principal country of residence. [ ]
  - An official copy of an affidavit of paternity. If there has been no acknowledgement, then other documents must be submitted to prove how legal parenthood has been established, e.g. a judicial declaration of paternity, adoption or legitimation. [ ]
  - A certificate of your father’s marital status at the time of acknowledgement. [ ]
  For your mother:
- A certificate proving that your mother was not married at the time of your birth
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  For both parents:
- A copy of a divorce certificate if either of your parents was married previously.
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6. Proof that one of your parents held Dutch nationality at the time of your birth. If you were born before 1985, this must be your father. Please submit one of the following documents:  
 

- If your parent left the Netherlands before 1 October 1994: a deregistration certificate from the Central Population Registers Office ( Bureau Vestigingsregister) in The Hague. Your parent’s nationality at the time they left the Netherlands must appear on the certificate. For more information, visit the Municipality of The Hague website.

or:

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- If your parent left the Netherlands after 1 October 1994: an extract from the Personal Records Database ( Basisregistratie Personen) of the municipality where they were last registered. Your parent’s nationality at the time they left the Netherlands must appear on the certificate.

or:

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- Your parent’s original Dutch passport, issued prior to your birth, and a valid residence document.

or:

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- Other documents proving how your parent acquired Dutch nationality, e.g. a naturalisation certificate, a confirmation of nationality acquired through the option procedure, adoption papers or an acknowledgement document.

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  If you were born before 1985 and your Dutch mother was married to your non-Dutch father at the time of your birth, read the information on the option procedure for latent Dutch nationals.  
7. Proof that one of your parents held Dutch nationality until you were 18 years old. For example:  
 

- A Dutch passport and a valid residence permit for the country of residence.

or:

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  - Other documentation proving Dutch nationality. [ ]
8. If you have a citizen service number ( Burgerservicenummer (BSN)), it must be listed on your identity card. With your identity card application, please provide a letter from a public authority on which your citizen service number (BSN) appears, e.g. a letter from the Tax and Customs Administration ( Belastingdienst). For more information, visit the page on the citizen service number. [ ]
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If you want your partner’s name listed on your identity card, please provide a copy of your marriage certificate. The marriage certificate should state your and your partner’s full names, date of marriage or registered partnership and, if relevant, the date of divorce.

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  You can have the name of your current partner or ex-partner, and their relationship to you, listed on your identity card. If you wish to have the name of a deceased partner listed, please provide an official copy of the death certificate. [ ]

 

  • Documents issued in countries other than the Netherlands will only be accepted if they have been issued by the country where the legal fact or legal act (e.g. birth or marriage) occurred. Documents in English, French or German do not need to be translated. Civil status record extracts in Spanish are accepted without translation as well. Documents in all other languages must be accompanied by a sworn translation. The translation must also be legalised, unless it was provided by a sworn translator registered in the Netherlands.
  • If a foreign document has already been entered into the Register of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Registered Partnerships ( Register van de Burgerlijke Stand) at the municipality of The Hague’s Foreign Documents Department ( Afdeling Landelijke Taken), an official copy issued by this department is sufficient. For more information, visit the Municipality of The Hague website.