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Appointment biometrics (passport photo, fingerprints and signature)

Please note!
Would you like to make an appointment, but have you just returned from a country or region that has an orange or red travel advice? Please stay in quarantine for a period of 10 days and schedule your appointment after this period. For more information, check the website government.nl.

Do I have to make an appointment to have my biometrics taken?

You only need to make an appointment for biometrics if the IND has no biometric data on you. Does the IND still have your old biometric data? Then we will use it again to make your residence document. In this case, you do not have to make an appointment and you do not have to visit the IND desk. If you have already made an appointment, we will check in our system in advance whether we still have your old biometric data and whether we can still use it. If this is the case, we will call or email you to cancel your appointment.

What biometric information does the IND need?

If the IND does not have your old biometric data then you will have to submit your passport photo and signature. These biometrics will be taken at an IND desk. When visiting the IND desk, it will be determined whether it will be necessary to collect your fingerprints as well.

Did you submit an application for a child younger than 1 year old? Then have your child's photo taken at a photographer and send it to the IND by using the Appendix photo card. During the lockdown you can only have a photo taken by a photographer by appointment. In this case, you do not have to schedule an appointment at an IND desk for your child.

Did you have your biometrics taken at an earlier stage at:

  • the Dutch representation abroad, when taking the civic integration exam or upon collecting/applying for the mvv sticker, or

  • the Police or Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar) during your asylum procedure,

you do not have to schedule an appointment at an IND desk if you apply for a residence permit for the first time. Then the IND already received your biometric information.

What do you need to bring to the appointment?

  • Your valid passport (or other valid travel document).
  • Your appointment code. This code is mentioned in the confirmation e-mail that you receive after having scheduled an appointment online.
  • Your (expired) residence document or foreigner identity card (type W). If your document has been stolen or is lost: a police report of theft/loss.

Important! When having your passport photo taken at an IND desk, you may cover your head for religious or ideological reasons. Your head covering must be smooth, single-coloured and stand out against the background for the passport photo. This background is white, so your head covering may not be white or light grey.


Providing biometrics is free of charge.                          

Expat Centre Maastricht Region

Do you live in the province of Limburg? You could schedule an appointment at the Expat Centre Maastricht Region.

Online appointment

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​The IND has several locations in the Netherlands. Please check contact for directions to the IND desks.

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​Are you unable to attend?
Cancel your appointment using the link in the email confirming your appointment.