Head of the Census Office Leona Marlin, says that it is compulsory for children as of the age of 12 to have an identity card (ID) and is appealing to parents to visit the Census Office during the summer holiday season to get this regulated.
Marlin pointed out that schools are required to request from parents the child’s ID card when registering the child for the new school year.
The ID card is legal proof of identity. It is used to open bank accounts or other types of services that requires some form of identification.
The ID card is also a required document for some government procedures. The costs related to the ID card are Naf.15.
Failure to produce the card may result in being denied access to premises or attainment of goods and services.
An appeal is also being made to all Dutch citizens with passports to check the status of their travel documents.
Persons should check to see that they have a valid passport before making travel plans and if their passport has expired to immediately make arrangements at the Census Office to have the passport renewed.
A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the person. A valid Dutch passport is required for all to enter and leave foreign countries. Only the Census Office has the authority to grant, issue or verify Dutch passports.
Persons who should maintain a valid Dutch passport are those with family living or traveling abroad; thinking about a vacation abroad or for any other reasons that would require international travel.
In the event of an emergency, already having a valid passport will save time, money and stress.
The costs related to updating your travel documents are: New passport for adults Naf.150; Children below 12-years of age and senior citizens 60 and above Naf.130.
Those who require further information can call the Census Office at: 542-2457 or 542-5375.