Valid form of identification

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

You can use a valid Dutch passport, a valid Dutch identity card and a valid residence permit as a proof of identity when you are arranging your affairs with 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 passport with a valid residence sticker or 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.

Requirement to carry identification

It is compulsory for everyone in the Netherlands from the age of 14 years to carry a form of identification. Failure to show proof of identity could result in a fine.

If you require medical treatment, you must be able to show a valid form of identification to the health care provider. This rule applies to everybody, including children under the age of 14 years. More information on the website of the Government of the Netherlands.

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: 7 August 2018