Published On: Fri, Sep 28th, 2012

Passport is valid for 10 years

THE HAGUE - The Dutch passport gets, if the applicant is at least 18 years, a period of validation of 10 years. When applying for the identity fingerprints are no longer included. These are the main changes in the Passport Act, which the National Council of Ministers, on a proposal from Liesbeth Spies Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, has agreed.

The extension of the validity of the passport from 5 to 10 years leads to a reduction of administrative burdens for citizens. The age limit of 18 years was chosen because of the decreasing likeness of the holder of the document with his facial image, especially in children.

SOURCE: Dutch Government

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