What is the change? The Netherlands plans to introduce a QR code to Dutch passports.

What does the change mean? An individualized QR code will replace the citizen service number (BSN) currently found on Dutch passports. The transition to QR-readable passports is expected to take two years.

  • Implementation time frame:  The government is expected to announce specifics of an implementation timeline in September, following approval by the Dutch data protection authority.
  • Documents affected: Dutch passports.
  • Who is affected: Dutch citizens.

Additional information: In response to a request by the Dutch parliament to address the risks of identity theft associated with Dutch passports, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations announced a plan to remove the BSN number, which is visible on the passport. The QR code hides information from view, reducing the risk of identity theft.

Analysis & Comments:  The transition to QR-readable passports is intended to reduce fraud and identity theft related to Dutch passports. The ministry will provide more information next month on how the new passports will be phased in.

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