Community urged to check their passports expiration date | SOUALIGA NEWSDAY

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) — The Department of Civil Registry is urging all residents to check the expiration date of their Dutch passports and to renew them in a timely fashion.

“Many times, persons buy a ticket or have a travelling emergency without realizing that their passport has been expired,” said Head of the Civil Registry Department.

In order to avoid this situation, the community is asked to review their Dutch passports and check for the expiration date and that of their children.

In light of the need for this requirement from the community, the Department of Civil Registry and the Department of Communication have constructed a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that will be out for the public to view and be reminded of such.

In case of travel, whether emergency or pleasure, it is essential that every citizen’s official information and travel documents are up to date.

Here are the requirements if you are a Dutch National and are registered by the Department of Civil Registry.

First, make an appointment with the Department of Civil Registry, either by the Public Service Center, or online via registry, or call the office at 5420652:

Then after setting the appointment, be on time for the date and take note of the following requirements:

–         Applicant must be present;

–         Current Dutch passport including all travel documents (issued to applicant);

–         A recent passport picture not older than six (6) months;

–         Fee for adult: NAFL 210,- ; cash or maestro payable at application;

–         Fee for minor: NAFL 150,- ; cash or maestro payable at application;

–       If passport is lost; report will be made by clerk;

–       Processing time four (4) weeks, can be extended if necessary;

–       For children consent of guardian(s) is mandatory.


–         In some instances, additional information may be requested from applicant in order to proceed with application.

–         This service may only be provided at the Philipsburg location

In the end, your identity is your responsibility, said the Department of Civil Registry.

Source: Souliga Newsday