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Tips for a smooth Consular Visit

Please make sure that you have read our hours of operation, and have taken note of Dutch and American holidays before planning your visit. Then please, do set up an appointment.

Emergency cases do not need an appointment. Our staff will help all, appointment or emergency, as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

For passport applicants: 

  • Complete (but don’t sign) passport applications ahead of time – this considerably shortens your visit.  Please note:  We cannot accept application forms that have been printed back-to-back – single sided pages only!
  • Pay special attention to passport photographs.  We will ask you to get other photos if they don’t meet State Department’s requirements.  See photo specifications for a list of photographers in The Netherlands.
  • Please remember to fill in your social security number.  This is required by law.  If you do not have one please see our section on Social Security.

For our minor passport applicants:

  • Parents - please remember to bring your child’s/children’s original birth certificate when applying for a new or replacement passport.

For Report of Birth applicants: 

  • Please complete (but don’t sign) the application forms (DS- 2029, Social Security number, passport form) ahead of time.  This will ensure a minimum amount of waiting time for you and your baby.

Bring something to entertain yourself and to entertain your children.  Your visit could be long, especially in school holidays when we are at our busiest.

For notary clients: 

  • Please make sure you have read your document(s) to be notarized and know the contents.  Do not sign your document, but make sure that all other blanks are filled in before coming to the Consulate.
  • If your signature must be notarized and witnessed, you must bring witnesses with you.

Please remember: 

  • You cannot pay by PIN Card.  All Consular fees are to be paid in cash dollars, the euro equivalent, or by credit card.
  • The fewer items you bring to the Consulate General (i.e. backpacks, suitcases, shopping bags, cameras, laptops, cellphones, etc.), the more quickly the security check will be for everyone.