Birth registration

Have you had a baby? Congratulations!!! You must make the declaration no later than the third working day after the day of birth. You make the declaration at the municipality in which the child was born.

Approach

For digital birth declaration: complete the form (together with your partner , if any ). Confirm the digital birth declaration yourself (single) or by your partner. You will receive one confirmation email with a link. Click on this link and log in with your Digid (single person) or his/her DigiD (partner). Please allow for a delay between logging out and logging in again. Wait 15 minutes before you or your partner log in to DigiD, via the confirmation email! You register the birth with the municipality in which the child was born. You may inscribe your child in the marriage book yourself.

If your child was born lifeless, you cannot make a digital declaration. You make the declaration at the registry office of the municipality where your child was born. You will receive a certificate of birth (lifeless) from the municipality. First make an appointment at the registry office. For more information, see: registering a child who was born lifeless. Good luck with coping with this loss.

Would you like a Stamp in the Marriage Book?
Please make an appointment at the civil registry office. 

Report to the counter

You bring:

  • your valid ID
  • A valid ID of the mother from whom the child was born
  • the certificate of birth from the hospital or midwife

As applicable:

  • A copy of the deed of acknowledgment of unborn child. You received this copy at the time of recognition.
  • Your marriage or partnership booklet, if you want the municipality to include your child's name in it.
  • A statement from the Artificial Insemination Donor Data Foundation.
  • A certificate of registration indicating your marital status, if you live abroad.

Do you work at NATO and want to come and declare the birth of your child? Then bring an extract of your Civil Status with you. 

Child born abroad?

Report birth in the country of birth. After the declaration, you will be given a birth certificate.

Do the parents live with the child in the Netherlands? File a declaration of residence and address in your municipality of residence. Do the parents live with the child abroad and you need to arrange matters with a Dutch government? Have a list of persons created for the child. Make an appointment at an RNI desk. 

Cost

Rates 2024

  • Birth registration is free of charge.
  • Enrolling your child in the wedding booklet is free of charge.
  • An excerpt of the birth certificate costs €16.60.
  • A multilingual model form costs €16.60. You pay this amount at the time of application.

Please pay with pin

Description

You declare the birth no later than 3 days after the birth. The day of the birth does not count. Is the third day a Saturday, Sunday or holiday? Then you may also make the declaration on the first working day after.

The registrar makes a birth certificate. This states where your child was born and what its name is. You can request a copy of the birth certificate for a fee.

You can give your first child the father's last name, the mother's last name, or a double last name. If you have more children within the relationship, they will have the same last name as the first child.

Terms

The father or (duo) mother makes the birth declaration. Is the father or (duo) mother unable to attend? Then someone who was present at the birth will declare the birth. Was no one else present? Then the declaration can also be done by:

  • an occupant of the house in which the child was born
  • the head of the institution (e.g. hospital) where the child was born

Make an appointment first.

Terms and conditions of digital birth registration

Married or registered partnership

  • you live in the Netherlands
  • Both parents need DigiD
  • both parents have the Dutch nationality
  • photo of statement from doctor or midwife 

Not married or no registered partnership

  • you live in the Netherlands
  • Both parents need DigiD
  • both parents have the Dutch nationality
  • photo statement from doctor or midwife 
  • photo of deed of recognition (only if the deed was not made in Heerlen)
  • photograph of the instrument of choice of name

Single

  • you live in the Netherlands
  • DigiD needed
  • Dutch nationality
  • photo statement from doctor or midwife

Term

You must file a declaration no later than the third business day after the day of birth. The day of the birth does not count. If a public holiday falls in these three days. Then these day(s) do not count.