Useful Information


Compulsory identification
Police is now authorised to check the identity of a person
As of 01-01-2005 it is obligatory to carry a valid ID at all times. The valid identification documents are: the passport, the identity card issued by the municipality or a valid driving licence.

Children older than 14 years should have their own personal identification document.

The police is authorized to require anyone in the Netherlands older than 14 years to show proof of his or her identity. Failure to do so can result in a prison sentence of up to two months or a fine of up to 2.250,00 Euro.

For further information visit:
Information from Postbus 51 - In Dutch.
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