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More opportunities to open a Dutch payment account

Published at: 3/15/2023, 12:27 PM

Anyone who does not yet have a Dutch checking account will have more opportunities to open one starting Monday, Oct. 3. From then on, four additional types of identity documents will be accepted.

Four additional types of IDs

  • A Cyrillic Ukrainian passport combined with a undefinedcertificate of identity verificationundefined issued by the Ukrainian Embassy. Your Cyrillic passport must be valid. Or it should have been renewed by the Ukrainian Embassy with a renewal stamp, valid at the time of the account application.

  • An expired Ukrainian biometric passport renewed by the Ukrainian Embassy with an extension stamp, still valid at the time of the account application.

  • A Ukrainian permanent residence permit valid on 24 February 2022 (the first day Ukraine was attacked by Russia) in combination with a valid passport from another country outside the EU.

  • A valid O-document that has been issued by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to Ukrainian refugees without recognised identity documents.

All existing and new options for applying for a Dutch checking account will remain available as long as you hold Temporary Protection. The Betaalvereniging (Payments Association) reports this in a press release today

Each bank discloses on its own website how to apply for an account and the conditions and guidelines for doing so. For example, with some banks, an application must be physically submitted at a bank branch, while with other banks it can only be done online.

Almost all banks require applicants to be registered in the Dutch population register (BRP) and have a citizen service number (BSN). Banks that do not impose this requirement indicate this on their website.

More details about applying for a checking account can be found on the website of the Betaalvereniging. This also lists all banks that provide these new options, with links to their own information pages.