Valid form of identification

What is considered a valid form of identity depends on the situation.

You can use a valid Dutch passport, valid Dutch identity card and valid residence permit as a proof of identity (identiteitsbewijs) when arranging your affairs at the municipality.

  • Are you a citizen of a European Union (EU) country, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland and are you a permanent resident of the Netherlands? Then you can identify yourself using your valid foreign passport or another valid foreign travel document.
  • Are you a citizen of a country outside the EU or Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland and are you a permanent resident of the Netherlands? Then you can identify yourself using a valid Dutch immigration document (residence permit).

It is not always possible to use your driving licence to identify yourself at the municipality because it does not contain information about your nationality and your residence status.

Relaxation of ID requirement for medical care

In order to get medical treatment, you must show a valid form of identification to the health care provider. For example, in the hospital or at the dentist. The identification requirement for medical care applies to everybody, including children under the age of 14 years.

The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has indicated that health care facilities are allowed to accept expired identity documents while the coronavirus is still prevalent. Read more about this on the website of the Rijksoverheid (in Dutch).

More information

More information about which form of identification you can use in specific situations can be found on www.government.nl.

Published: 3 February 2017Modified: 2 April 2020