Apply for a Dutch identity card

You do not yet have a Dutch identity card (ID card) or it will soon expire? And you are registered at the Municipality of The Hague? You can make an appointment here to apply for an identity card. You can also do this for your child.

Apply for a new Dutch passport or identity card on time.

The municipality expects it to get busier as of March 2024 with many more applications for new travel documents.

Conditions

  • You have Dutch citizenship (nationality)
  • You are registered in the Municipality of The Hague
Do you live abroad? If so, look at the page Begin link: Apply for a passport and identity card for Dutch citizens abroad, end link. .
Do you live in the Netherlands, but you do not have a fixed place of residence? If so, look at the page Begin link: Apply for a passport and identity card for Dutch citizens without a fixed domicile, end link. .

How does it work?

  1. Make an appointment

    To apply for a new identity card, you first need to make an appointment online. You can make an appointment at City Hall Spui of the Leyweg City Office.

  2. Come well prepared to the appointment 

    You will need a number of things during the appointment.
    What to take to the appointment

  3. Pick up your identity card

    Your identity card will be ready after 6 working days and you will be able to collect it.
    What you need to pick it up

You can make an appointment online to apply for an identity card for yourself, your child or your family. Have you lost your identity card? Then first look at: Begin link: Stolen or lost passport, driving licence or identity card, end link. .

Are you applying for an identity card for a child younger than 18 years?

Apply for your identity card

Make an appointment online

Expedited procedure

Do you need a new identity card quickly? You can use an expedited procedure. You need to indicate this during your appointment. Are you applying before 14.00 hrs.? Then your identity card will be ready after 2 working days. For example: if you apply on Monday before 14.00 hrs., you can collect it on Wednesday. You will pay extra for this. Begin link: Look at the fees., end link.

You will need a number of things at the appointment. Take the following things with you. Only then will we be able to serve you properly.

All of your identity cards and passports

Do you have an identity card and a passport? Take everything with you. Even if they are expired or foreign. 

icon passport and ID card

A colour passport photo which meets the requirements 

For example, the passport photo may be no more than 6 months old and must be a true likeness. Have the passport photo taken by a professional photographer.  Read all of the requirements on the Begin external link: website of the Government of the Netherlands(External link), end external link.

icon passport photo

A bank card

You pay for your application at the municipal counter. At most of the municipal offices you can only use a bank card. You can pay in cash only at City Hall Spui. It is not possible to pay with a credit card. 

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Is the identity card for a child younger than 12 years? The child must attend the appointment and needs written permission from both parents

Written permission is needed from the people with parental responsibility. This is usually the parents. But it can also be a guardian. Read what is needed for your situation on the page Begin link: Consent for identity card for children younger than 12 years, end link.

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The municipality is required to take fingerprints from you during the appointment. Make sure that your hands are clean, for example without any paint residue. Read more on the Begin external link: website of the Government of the Netherlands(External link), end external link..

A teenager with an Ooievaarspas can apply 1 time for a Begin link: free identity card, end link. .

Document Regular fee Fee for expedited procedure
(€ 57.05 extra)
Validity
Identity card under 18 years € 40.90 € 97.95 5 years
Identity card 18 years and older € 75.80 € 132.85 10 years
Identity card for teenagers with
Ooievaarspas (12 to 17 jaar)
1st card is free, thereafter € 40.90 € 57.05 5 years

Your identity card will be ready after 6 working days. You have 3 months to collect your identity card. After that it will be destroyed.

You must pick up your identity card yourself at the city office where you applied for it. Nobody else is allowed to do this for you. You do not need to make an appointment.

Begin link: Look at the opening hours for the city district offices., end link.

What you need to take

  • Your pick-up receipt
    This is proof of your application. It states when you can collect the identity card.
  • Your current identity card, even if it has expired
    You will need to turn it in. 

Is the identity card for a child younger than 12 years? Then a parent must accompany the child

Children must always collect their own identity card. As of the age of 12 a child may do this alone. He/She does not need to be accompanied by a parent. Is the child younger than 12 years? Then he/she is not allowed to come alone. The child must collect the identity card together with 1 of the following people:

  • 1 of the people with parental responsibility. The parents usually have parental responsibility. 
  • Or: A different person with parental responsibility, for example a guardian. 
  • Or: An adult accompanying the child who is at least 18 years old and has written permission from a parent or the person with parental responsibility. And a copy of a valid identity document for this person. The signature on the identity document must match the signature on the consent form.

An identity card is valid for 10 years if you are 18 years or older when you apply. If you are younger than 18 years when you apply, then it is valid for 5 years. You are allowed to renew your identity card at any time. You do not have to wait until it has expired.

You can travel to the EU countries, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland using a Dutch identity card. A list of all countries can be found on the Begin external link: website of the Dutch government)(External link), end external link.

As of 1 October 2021 you can only travel to the United Kingdom (UK) with a valid passport.

Were you living in the United Kingdom (UK) on or before 31 December 2020? Or do you have a document which shows that you are a frontier worker? Then until 31 December 2025 you only need an identity card to travel between both countries.

Your birth name will always remain in your passport and identity card. Even if your civil status changes.

Are you married or do you have a civil partnership? You can have the surname of your partner put on the document. This can be written in 3 ways:

  • e/v: husband or wife of
  • p/v: partner of
  • w/v: widow or widower of
  • g/v: divorced from

The name of your partner will be printed after the abbreviation.

You are never allowed to throw away or destroy your identity card. You must turn it in when you get a new document. The identity card remains the property of the state. You can also ask the municipality to invalidate it so that you can keep the old document.

Has somebody close to you died? Then you have to turn in the identity card to the municipality. You can do this at the reception desk in City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office.

Would you like to apply for a Dutch identity card but you are unable to visit a city district office in person? You may be able to arrange a Begin link: home visit, end link. .

Do you have a Begin link: mailing address, end link. ? Apply for an identity card at the municipality where this address is located.
If you do not have a mailing address, look at the page Begin link: Apply for a passport and identity card for Dutch citizens without a fixed domicile, end link. .

Yes, you can. Make an appointment and indicate under the number (‘aantal’) how many identity cards (ID-kaarten) you need. For example, 4 identity cards for 4 family members. Extra time will then be reserved for you.

  • Young people as of the age of 12 years may apply for and collect their identity card themselves.
  • Children younger than 12 years are not allowed to come on their own. They must be accompanied by at least 1 person with parental responsibility. Usually the parents have parental responsibility. Written permission from all people with parental responsbility is required for the application. 

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