Netherlands Embassy in Tirana, Albania

First-time passport application for a minor

If your child is a Dutch national under 18 who has never held a Dutch passport or identity card and has not previously been added to a parent’s passport, you (or someone holding a power of attorney) can apply for a Dutch passport on their behalf together with the child.

Checklist of required documents

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

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 the child’s birth certificate or an extract from the register of births ( geboorteregister), giving their place of birth and their 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 for the parent(s) and child 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  - All identity and travel documents in the parent’s/parents’ and child’s name, even if these are no longer valid.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 passport application form, signed by both parents or legal representatives.

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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  If one or both of the child’s parents is/are deceased, you must provide an official copy of the death certificate(s). [ ]
  If you are the child’s guardian, rather than their parent, please provide an official copy of a relevant court judgment as evidence of your guardianship. The official copy must not have been issued more than 12 months ago. [ ]
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An official copy of the parents’ marriage certificate, giving their full names and date of marriage. The official copy cannot have been issued more than 12 months ago.

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If the child’s parents were not married at the time of the child’s birth, follow the relevant instructions:

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

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

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

 
  For the mother: Proof that the child's mother was not married at the time of birth.  
 

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

or:

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- If the 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. The mother’s nationality and marital status at the time she left the Netherlands must appear on the extract.

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

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

or:

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- Her Dutch passport, issued prior to the child’s birth, and a valid residence document.

or:

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  - Other documents proving how the 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 the 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 the parents was married previously.

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  B. Dutch father and non-Dutch mother
If the parents were not married at the time of the child’s birth and only the father was Dutch, please provide the following documents:
 
  For the father: proof of marital status:  
 

- If the father left the Netherlands before 1 October 1994: a deregistration certificate from the Central Population Registers Office ( Bureau Vestigingsregister) in The Hague. The 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 the 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. The father’s nationality and marital status at the time he left the Netherlands must appear on the extract.

and (or, if the father was never resident in the Netherlands):
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  - If the child was born/acknowledged before 1 April 2014, a certificate of marital status at the time of the child’s birth/acknowledgment, issued by the father’s 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.  [ ]
  For the mother:  
- A certificate proving that the mother was not married at the time of the child’s birth.
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  For both parents:
- A copy of a divorce certificate if either of the parents was married previously.
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Proof that one of the child’s parents held Dutch nationality when the child was born. For example:

- A Dutch passport and a valid residence document.

or:

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  - Other documentation proving Dutch nationality.  
7. In order to apply for a Dutch passport, the child must visit our office to prove their identity. The parent or legal representative not accompanying the child must provide a declaration of consent. [ ]
  Does the non-accompanying parent or legal represenative live in the Netherlands? In this situation a legalised declaration of consent can been issued by the Population Affairs ( Burgerzaken) Department of the Dutch municipality of residence. [ ]
8. If the child has a citizen service number ( Burgerservicenummer (BSN)), it must be given in their passport. With the passport application, please provide a letter from a public authority on which their 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.  

 

  • 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.