FAQs - Passports / identity cards

 
 
General questions
►Which travel documents can I apply for?
►I would like to apply for a passport and an identity card. Will I need a separate appointment for each document?
►Can I have my married name in my passport?
Application procedure
►Is it possible to have my new travel document sent to me by post?
►Can I keep my passport and/or identity card during the application?
►My passport / identity card has been expired, what shall I do?
Appointments
I would like to apply for a travel document for several family members. Will I need to make a separate appointment for every person?
Children (minor <18)
Do children need to appear in person for their application?
Will I need a birth certificate for my child's application?
When will the child additions be cancelled?
My child/baby is born in the United Kingdom, can he/she travel on the birth certificate?
Various queries
Is it necessary for birth and/or marriage certificates to be legalised?
Is it possible to take photos at the Embassy or at the Consulates?
Can I also apply for a new Dutch driving licence at the Embassy?
Will I need proof of de-registration from the last city I lived in the Netherlands?
Can I pay by cheque or debit/credit card?
Dutch nationality
One of my (grand)parents was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to a Commonwealth country. Can I apply for a Dutch passport?
I have been married to a Dutch national for three years.Can I now apply for a Dutch passport?
British nationality
I'm planning a trip to the Netherlands. Does my British passport have to be valid for three months past my stay in the Netherlands?
 
 
 
 
Which travel documents can I apply for?
You can apply for a passport or an identity card, or a renewal, at the Embassy in London or at any of the eight consulates that have the necessary biometric equipment. All applications have to be made in person. It is not possible to apply by post or online.
To submit an application at one of the consulates, you will need to contact the consulate directly click here for a list of Dutch consulates in the UK. To submit an application at the Embassy, you will need to book an appointment. You can only do this online on this website.

I would like to apply for a passport and an identity card. Will I need a separate appointment for each document?
Yes. You need a separate appointment for every document that you are applying for.

Can I have my married name in my passport?
In your Dutch passport you will always keep your maiden name. However, it is possible to have the line: wife/husband of, followed by the name of your husband/wife, in your passport. To have the name of your husband/wife added to your passport, you will need to submit a (legalised) marriage certificate.

Is it possible to have my new travel document sent to me by post?
Yes. Sending by courier will be an extra £5.00 and can be sent to any (safe) British address.

Can I keep my passport and/or identity card during the application?
During the application/renewal of your travel document it is possible to keep your current travel document if this is still valid. However, we will then not be able to send your new document by mail. As soon as the new document is ready, we will notify you and you will have to exchange your old passport or identity card.

My passport / identity card has been expired, what shall I do?
The advice is to keep your passport/identity card up to date. In case of an expired passport/identity card, you will need to apply for a new one as soon as possible. This can be done at the embassy or one of the 8 consulates. Please read the instructions carefully.
If your travel document (passport/Identity card) has been expired for more than 18 months, you will need to submit a letter of the UK Border Agency stating you have (or have not) obtained the British nationality. After you obtained the letter, you can apply for a new travel document. Link to UKBA here

I would like to apply for a travel document for several family members. Will I need to make a separate appointment for every person?
Yes. You will need a separate appointment for every travel document/person. If you have booked more than one appointment on the same day, we can arrange that all applications for that day will be dealt with at the same time.

Do children need to appear in person for their application?
Yes. Everyone, including babies and small children will have to appear in person. This is also the case if you would like to have your child added to your passport.

Will I need a birth certificate for my child's application?
Yes. For every passport application for a minor until 18 years old you will need to submit a birth certificate, even if your child already has a passport. For the application of an identity card we will need this for children under the age of 12.

When will the child additions be cancelled?
From June 2012 children may no longer be included on a parent's or guardian's passport but must have their own passport or identity card. Furthermore, the validity of all existing child additions will expire on 26 June 2012. This will not affect the validity of the parent's or guardian's passport.

My child/baby is born in the United Kingdom, can he/she travel on the birth certificate?
No. Everyone will need a passport or identity card to travel and you cannot travel on a birth certificate. Please check the website for the requirements for a passport/Identity card application

Is it necessary for birth and/or marriage certificates to be legalised?
Dutch certificates do not need to be legalised. For further information on the legalisation of foreign documents click here

Is it possible to take photos at the Embassy or at the Consulates?
No this is not possible. Please check the section 'Passport photographs' for a list on instructed photographers.

Can I also apply for a new Dutch driving licence at the Embassy?
No. Dutch driving licences are not issued to people living in other EU/EEA-countries. You will need to apply to the British authorities (DVLA ) for a British driving licence. More information on Dutch driving licences is available on www.rijbewijs.nl.

Will I need proof of de-registration from the last city I lived in the Netherlands?
For the application of an identity card we will indeed need proof of de-registration. However, for the application of a passport this is not necessary.

Can I pay by cheque or debit/credit card?
No. We only accept payment in cash or by postal order.
Please note: payment is in Pound Sterling and not in Euro's.

One of my (grand)parents was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to a Commonwealth country. Can I apply for a Dutch passport?
As these matters are complicated, please refer to Dutch nationality for more information

I have been married to a Dutch national for three years.Can I now apply for a Dutch passport?
No. You will first have to apply for naturalisation . You can only apply for a Dutch passport once you have been granted Dutch nationality and have attended the citizenship ceremony.

I'm planning a trip to the Netherlands. Does my British passport have to be valid for three months past my stay in the Netherlands?
No. Your British passport has to be valid for the duration of your stay in the Netherlands.