Biometrics appointment: photo, signature and fingerprints

Last update: 18 August 2022

You have received a letter from the IND that says the IND needs your photo, signature and/or fingerprints. We use this data to create your residence document. On this page you make a biometrics appointment at an IND desk or expatcenter.

Appointment necessary

  • For every new application you submit, the IND needs new biometrics from you.
  • You are over 1 year old and have never had a residence document from the IND. Your biometrics have not been taken before by the Dutch representation abroad, or the police or the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar) during an asylum application.
  • You have had a residence document before, but you have since become 6, 12 or 18 years old. You must have new fingerprints taken, because they change as you grow older.
  • It says in your letter that your passport photo, signature and/or fingerprints are missing or are not good enough.

You need not bring a passport photo to the IND desk or expatcenter. The IND will take your digital passport photo.

For the photo you may keep your head covered because of your religion or belief. Due to the background color of the photo, the head covering may not be totally white or light gray

Make appointment at IND desk or expatcenter

Make online appointment

Photo form by post

Is the residence document for a child under 1 year old? Then do not make an appointment. Please always use the Appendix Passport photo form to send a passport photo of the child to the IND by post. The passport photo which you send must be taken by a photographer.

What to bring to the appointment

  • Your valid passport or other travel document.
  • Your appointment code. You will receive this in an email confirmation when you make an appointment online.
  • Your (expired) residence document. Or the official report of loss or theft from the police concerning your residence permit.
  • Your (old) Foreign Nationals Identity Document (type W or W2) if you do not have a residence document. Or the official report of loss or theft from the police concerning your  Foreign Nationals Identity Document. 

What to bring for a child born in the Netherlands


  • Your (the parents) valid passport or residence document.
  • The valid passport or (copy of) birth certificate/proof of registration at the municipality (BRP) of the child.


Providing biometrics is free of charge.


​The IND has several locations in the Netherlands. Check directions for all IND desks.


​Residents of Limburg may be able to make an appointment at the Maastricht International Centre.

Cancel appointment

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