Apply for a Dutch passport or identity card

Are you registered at the municipality? Then you can apply for or renew a Dutch passport or identity card here.

  • Did you receive a letter from the Rijksdienst voor Identiteitsgegevens (RvIG) at the end of March 2021? Did the letter tell you that the chip in your identity card (ID card) was not working? Then you can have your ID card replaced for free. Look for more information on the Dutch page ID-kaart met storing in chip vervangen.
  • It is extremely busy. Many people would like like to apply for travel documents - a Dutch passport or identity card. You may have to wait longer than you are used to. Is your document still valid? Please postpone your application until September 2021, if possible. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

How does it work?

You can apply for a passport or Dutch identity card at the municipal counter in City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office. This can be done by appointment only. You pay for the document when you apply. You can collect the passport at the municipal counter after 5 working days. You do not need to make an appointment to collect the document.

Conditions

  • You have Dutch nationality.
  • You are registered in the Municipality of The Hague.

You are not registered in a Dutch municipality? Then read Passport and identity card for Dutch citizens abroad or Passport and identity card without a fixed domicile.

Needed for the application

Are you coming to apply for a passport or identity card? Then you need to take the following things to the appointment:

  • A passport photo. Strict requirements apply to passport photos. For example, the passport photo may not be more than 6 months old and must be a true likeness. Read these requirements on the website of the Dutch government.
  • All of your identity cards and passports. Even if they have expired or they are foreign.
  • You also need to have clean fingers, for example without any paint residue. The municipality is required to take fingerprints from you. Read more on the website of the Dutch government.

Younger than 18 years

Is the passport or identity card for a child or young person under 18 years of age? Then the child must appear in person when they apply for and collect their passport. They are also allowed to apply for it themselves. For children under 12 years of age to apply for an identity card and for children under 18 years of age to apply for a passport the following is needed:

For more information see 'Collecting the passport'.

Apply

  • Make an appointment to apply for a passport or identity card.
  • Your appointment will be at the Department of Public Service counter at City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office.
  • You make 1 appointment for a family. Indicate the number of passports or identity cards needed in the 'aantal' field. For example, 4 passports for 4 family members. Extra time will be reserved for you.
  • You must attend the appointment in person.
  • You need to collect your passport or identity card yourself. You do this at the city office where you applied for it.

Apply for a passport

Make an appointment

Apply for an identity card
Make an appointment

Fees

  • (business) passport for 18 years and older: € 74.75
  • (business) passport under 18 years: € 56.55
  • identity card for 18 years and older: € 64
  • identity card under 18 years: € 32.90
  • extra fee for expedited procedure: € 50.90

Fees in 2021.

You pay for your application at the municipal counter. You can pay in cash or use a bank card at City Hall Spui. You can only use a bank card at the Leyweg City Office. Unfortunately it is not possible to pay with a credit card.

Young people with an Ooievaarspas can apply for a free identity card (in Dutch).

How long does it take?

5 working days. The pick-up receipt will state when you can collect your passport.

You have 3 months to collect your passport or identity card. After that the passport will be destroyed. Would you still like a passport or identity card after these 3 months? Then you have to apply and pay for it again.

Expedited procedure

Do you urgently need a new passport or identity card? Indicate during your appointment that you would like to use the expedited procedure. You will pay extra for this. You will be able to collect your passport or identity card more quickly than with the regular procedure.

If you submit the application before 14.00 hrs., you can pick up your passport or identity card after 2 working days. For example: if you submit it Monday before 14.00 hrs. you will be able to collect it on Wednesday.

Collecting the document

You must pick up your passport or identity card yourself. Nobody else is allowed to do this for you. You can collect your passport or identity card during the opening hours of City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office. You do not need to make an appointment to collect it.

Needed when collecting the document

Are you 18 years or older and are you coming to collect your passport or identity card? Then you need to take the following:

  • the pick-up receipt
  • your current passport or identity card, if it has not yet expired. You will need to turn it in.

Young people between 12 and 18 years

An underage child between the ages of 12 and 18 years may collect a passport or identity card himself. Only the pick-up receipt and the current valid form of identification are required.

Child younger than 12 years

Is the child is younger than 12 years? When collecting the document he must also take:

  • 1 of the parents or 1 person with parental responsibility or somebody who has been given consent. The person accompanying the child must be 18 years or older.
  • Written consent from a person with parental responsibility. This states that the person accompanying the child is allowed to collect the document together with the child.
  • A valid (copy of the) form of identification for a parent or a person with parental responsibility. The signature on the valid form of identification must match the signature on the consent form.

Good to know

  • A passport or identity card is valid for 10 years if you are 18 years or older at the time of application. If you are younger than 18 years at the time of application, then it is valid for 5 years. You are allowed to renew your passport or identity card at any time. You do not have to wait until they have expired.

    You can travel to the EU countries, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland (and until 1 October 2021 to the United Kingdom) using a Dutch identity card. A list of all countries can be found on the website of the Dutch government.

    As of 1 October 2021 you will be able to enter the United Kingdom only with a valid passport.

    Did you start living in the United Kingdom by 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.

  • Do you travel frequently? Apply for a business passport. This is a passport with more pages (66 instead of 34 pages). You apply for it in the same way as a regular passport. When you apply for a business passport, you are not allowed to also apply for a regular passport. A business passport costs the same as a regular passport.
  • Your birth name will always remain in your passport or on your identity card. Even if your marital status changes.

    Are you married or do you have a registered partnership? You can have the surname of your partner put in the document. There are 3 ways of writing the name:

    • e/v: husband / wife of
    • p/v: partner of
    • w/v: widow / widower of

    The partner's name will be printed after the abbreviation.

  • You are never allowed to throw away or destroy your passport or identity card. You must turn it in when you get a new document. The passport or identity card remains the property of the state. You can ask the municipality to invalidate it so that you can keep the old document.
  • Did a family member die? Then you are allowed to turn in the passport at 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 home visit (in Dutch).

    A home visit for a passport application can only be arranged in exceptional cases for medical reasons.

  • Do you have an mailing address? Apply for a passport or identity card at the municipality under which that address falls.
  • Are you travelling abroad with an underage child (younger then 18 years)? You almost always need permission from the other parent(s). Read more on the website of the Dutch government.
  • You can log in to the DigiD app with an identity card which was issued as of 13 March 2021. You will automatically get a letter from DigiD about this. More information can be found on www.digid.nl.
  • As of 2 August 2021 all identity cards issued in the Netherlands will contain 2 of your fingerprints in the chip. Your citizen service number (BSN) will be displayed in a QR code on the back of the card. The ID card will also look a little bit different. Look at the website of the Dutch government for more information about the new ID card.

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