Valid Dutch identity document for Dutch voters abroad

Would you like to register or have you already registered and would you like to vote in future elections? You must send a copy of a valid identity document together with your vote. You will also need this document if you authorise someone to vote on your behalf. Or if you will cast a vote in the Netherlands yourself using a voter card.

Valid identity documents

A Dutch identity document can be

  • a valid Dutch passport
  • a valid Dutch identity card
  • a valid identity card for Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten which states that you have Dutch citizenship

  • a valid identity card for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba

You are permitted to hide your citizen service number (BSN), passport number and passport photo on the copy and to write ‘COPY’ on it. Make sure that you surname, signature, date of birth and expiry date are readable.

Belangrijke informatie:

On the website of the Dutch government you can read how to prevent fraud with a copy of your proof of identity. Or make a secure copy of your ID with the KopieID app.

Automatic loss of Dutch citizenship

Do you have Dutch citizenship and would you like to get a 2nd or additional citizenship? Or are you already a citizen of more countries than only the Netherlands? In these cases you could automatically lose your Dutch citizenship.

Read more on the website of the Dutch government.

Also see Dutch voters abroad

Published: 18 December 2017Modified: 16 May 2023