Changing your name in your passport
If you have changed your name by any other means than marriage or divorce, you must use form DS-11 for a new passport to be issued in your new name. If you have changed your name through marriage or divorce, please check our name change through marriage or divorce page.
1. Fill out and print FORM DS-11
Complete FORM DS-11 online, and print it out single-sided. Back to back printed forms cannot be processed. Do not print the instructions as you are to use this website instead. At ‘Mailing Address’ list your Dutch address, even if it is only temporary. You cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms. Please list an emergency contact in the United States. Do NOT sign the form. Applications filled out by hand may require longer to process.
2. Social Security Number Requirement
You must provide an answer to question no. 5, even if you do not have a Social Security Number or do not remember it. Do NOT list your Dutch Burger Service Number (BSN). Click here to learn more about passports and the social security number requirement.
3. Proof of U.S. Citizenship
4. One U.S. format color passport photo
Provide one U.S. format: 2″ x 2″ (5 x 5 cm.) passport photo. We cannot process the smaller Dutch format photos! Click here for guidance on the perfect U.S. passport photo. Make sure to watch the video.
5. Supporting Documents
Bring the original documentation, with photo copies, supporting your name change. This can be a variety of instruments, e.g. a royal decree, a court order, or a deed poll. Or it can be documentation showing that you can claim the new name by customary usage over a long period of time – generally at least five years.
Documents presented must be in English, or be accompanied by a sworn translation into English.
6. Photo copies
Aside from the original(s) provide a plain photo copy of your passport’s biographical information page and any supporting documents as applicable to your application. Copies of the forms are not required.
7. Passport Application Fee
You can pay the appropriate passport services application fee in euro, in U.S. dollars, or by credit card. Note that we can only process credit card payments if the card holder is available to sign the payment authorization slip. When paying in cash, please try to bring exact change. For the current fee, see our consular fees page.
8. Set up an appointment
Set up an appointment via the link to the appointment website elsewhere on this page. IMPORTANT: Print the appointment confirmation page or save it on your phone. You will NOT receive a confirmation e-mail.
ARRIVE ON TIME
Try to arrive at the Consulate at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. If you miss your slot we must ask you to reschedule.
Note that slots open up if we receive cancellations. Check back with our appointment system regularly if you wish for a earlier appointment slot.
9. New passport will be delivered by mail
For this we need from you an A5 (C5) size envelope (approx. 23 x 16 centimeters), legibly addressed to the passport applicant, with a PostNL registered mail bar-coded sticker. Retain the tracking number. Note that you must allow us to cancel the current passport if your current passport is still valid at the time of your appointment, as you cannot have two valid passports. Plan your appointment accordingly as you may be without a valid passport for up to three weeks.
If you are also applying for a passport card, bring two registered mail return envelopes as cards arrive two to three weeks after passport books.
Passports are printed in the United States with a secure photo-digitized image of the bearer. You should allow for up to 15 working days for your application to be processed.