I want to apply for a Dutch passport but I am not sure if I qualify. I was born in 1967 in SA after my mom moved to South Africa and married a South African man. My mom was born in Haarlem in 1944. She never renewed her Dutch passport when she moved to Sout Africa and got married. Do I qualify?

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    – Traveller
    Jul 28, 2019 at 21:35
  • In 1967 you could only inherit Dutch nationality from your mother if she was unmarried. I believe this makes you "latent Dutch" and might qualify you for the option procedure, but I don't have the details committed to memory and I don't have time to look them up just now. I'll post later if nobody else does.
    – phoog
    Jul 29, 2019 at 0:37

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As @phoog said in the comments, if you were born before 1 January 1985 to a Dutch mother and a non-Dutch father, you can apply for Dutch nationality via an option statement. You can find all the requirements here. It's laid out quite clearly by the Dutch government. You can submit your application in person at the Dutch embassy or consulate-general in the region where you live.

  • +1, but this does not apply if the parents were unmarried.
    – phoog
    Sep 19, 2019 at 12:59

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