Civic integration examination for naturalisation

To acquire Dutch nationality through naturalisation, you must first meet civic integration requirements. This means you must prove you have sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language and of Dutch society. If you want to submit an application for naturalisation but do not live in the Netherlands, you can take the civic integration exam for naturalisation abroad. You can also take the exam in the Netherlands.

Do I need to take the civic integration exam?

For more information about the conditions you need to meet, see the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) brochure entitled ‘Civic Integration Exam: requirement for naturalisation (only available in Dutch)’

How to prepare

For more information about the content of the exam and how to prepare, see the Education Executive Agency (DUO) website.

How much does the exam cost?

It costs €350 to sit the full naturalisation exam.

If you have to repeat part of the exam, the costs are as follows:

  •     Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNM): €60
  •     Writing Skills (A2): €70
  •     Reading Comprehension (A2): €70
  •     Listening Comprehension (A2): €70
  •     Spoken Dutch (A2): €80

How can I register?

You must make an appointment to sit the exam at a Dutch embassy or consulate-general in your region. You can do this by completing a registration form (‘aanmeldingsformulier Naturalisatietoets’, only available in Dutch).

Send the completed form by post or by email to the embassy or consulate-general, together with a photocopy or scan of a valid identity document. Once you are registered you will receive more information about payment and the rest of the procedure. View the contact page for more information.

You can also hand in the form, plus a photocopy of a valid identity document, in person at the embassy or consulate-general. You will need to make a separate appointment to do this. You must pay the costs of the exam when you submit your application. View the contact page for address and email information.

You can also take the exam in the Netherlands. See the Education Executive Agency (DUO) website for more information.

When can I apply for naturalisation?

The naturalisation exam consists of the following parts:

  • Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNM)
  • Writing Skills (A2)
  • Reading Comprehension (A2)
  • Listening Comprehension (A2)
  • Spoken Dutch (A2)

You must pass all the parts before you can apply for naturalisation. Make an appointment to submit your naturalisation application at the Dutch embassy or consulate-general in the region where you live. View the contact page for address and email information.