Registering a birth in the United Arab Emirates

When your child is born in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you must register the birth there. After local registration you could register the birth certificate in the Netherlands as well. You can acknowledge parentage of the child in the United Arab Emirates or in the Netherlands.

If your child is born outside the Netherlands, the birth must be registered with the local authorities in that country. Such authorities include the local registrar of births, deaths, and marriages, and the municipality in which you live. When the birth of your child is registered, a birth certificate will be drawn up. In some countries you can register the birth at the Dutch embassy instead.

Rules for registering a birth and choice of name

You can find the Dutch rules for registering a birth and choosing a name for the child at government.nl. Other rules may apply abroad. For example, there may be different rules concerning the use of surnames or other alphabets (such as Japanese or Arabic).

Registering a foreign birth certificate in the Netherlands

You can register the foreign birth certificate in the Netherlands. This is not compulsory, but it can be useful – for example if you or the child later need a copy or extract of the birth certificate.

If you have registered a birth with the local authorities of the other country, the birth certificate is a foreign document. In many cases, this foreign document will need to be legalised and translated. This depends on the country where the foreign document was issued. You can find out how to have foreign documents legalised on the legalisation pages.

Birth certificates issued by a Dutch embassy

If you register the birth of your child at a Dutch embassy, you will receive a Dutch birth certificate that will not need to be legalised for use in the Netherlands. You can apply to the same Dutch embassy if you later require an official copy or extract from the consular register. If you live in the country where the birth certificate was issued, you can contact the embassy yourself. In all other cases you can apply for the copy or extract by sending an email to the Consular Service Centre in The Hague.

Acknowledging parentage of a child while abroad or in The Netherlands

The rules for acknowledging a child vary by country. In some countries you have to follow a certain procedure and you receive a declaration of acknowledgment. In other countries, if a parent’s name is stated on the birth certificate this automatically means they acknowledge parentage of the child.

An acknowledgment of parentage issued abroad is not always legally valid in the Netherlands.

Acknowledging parentage in the Netherlands of a child born abroad

If your child is born abroad you can acknowledge parentage in the Netherlands at any time. So it's not a problem if acknowledging the child abroad is not possible. You can also authorise someone to do this on your behalf in the Netherlands. For more information about acknowledging parentage of a child visit government.nl.

Registering a birth and acknowledging parentage of a child in this country or region

Registering a birth with the local authorities in the UAE

You can request a travel document (passport) for your child with a legalised birth certificate from the UAE.  The UAE birth certificate makes no distinction between a first name and surname like in the Netherlands.  This is called a name sequence.  The name sequence in its entirety will be used as the surname in the Dutch travel document.  The first names will not be mentioned separately.  The details page of the passport will look as follows:

Surname: the name sequence that is listed on the UAE birth certificate

First name: ---

If you wish to request a travel document with a first name and a surname, you have to request a name choice through Dienst Justis (this is free of charge).

Note: there is a difference between a name change and a name choice. You request a name choice through Dienst Justis.  In contrast to the name change, the name choice is free of charge.  The procedure for such a request is listed on the Dienst Justis website.

What are the requirements?

  1. The applicant completes the name change form and lists at the top of the form that it concerns the name choice of the child (NV).
  2. An original, legalised copy of the foreign birth certificate. 
    Dependent on the issuing country you need a legalisation or an apostille. For more information about legalisation, see the document legalisation page.

If the birth certificate is not made up in Dutch, English, French or German, then it needs to be translated to Dutch by a certified translator.

Step 1:
The applicant submits a name choice with Dienst Justis/Royal Decree (KB) using the name change request form.

Send documents to:
Dienst Justis/KB
Postbus 20300
2500 EH Den Haag
Nederland

Step 2:
The Royal Decree listing the first name and surname is issued following Dutch law. The request will normally take approximately 8 to 10 weeks to be processed.

Step 3:
You send the Royal Decree to the central register (Bureau Landelijke Taken) of the Den Haag municipality for registering the certificate in the Dutch registry.

Registering the certificate will enable you at all times to request a copy quickly via this authority for limited costs.  Additionally, the birth certificate is registered in the central register in the Netherlands.

Send documents via registered post to:

Gemeente Den Haag
Publiekszaken, Afdeling Landelijke Taken
Postbus 12620
2500 DL Den Haag
Nederland

Birth certificate issued by the consulate-general in Dubai

You can also register the birth of your child in the register of the consulate-general in Dubai.  This can only be done within 30 days after the birth. To ensure your request can be processed within 30 days, you should send a scan of the following documents by email:

  • Birth notification of the hospital, with the exact time of birth
  • Birth certificate
  • Passports of both parents: a copy of the holder page, the page with the social security number (BSN) and the UAE residence visa
  • Extract of the marriage certificate (not older than 1 year)

Please send the email no longer than 21 days after your child's birth.

After having received all the required documents by email, the consulate-general will give you an appointment. You will then need to bring all the abovementioned documents in original.

The consulate-general will register your child following Dutch law with a first name and surname, assuming that father and/or mother have a surname.  The names will be transferred into the Dutch passport.  The birth certificate made up in Dubai will be added to the register of the consulate-general in Dubai.

A copy of the certificate always has to be requested via the Consulaire Diensten Centrum (CDC) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Den Haag.  This can be a costly and time consuming procedure because the consulate-general in Dubai has to make up the certificate.  The birth certificate will not be registered in the central registry (Bureau Landelijke Taken) in the Netherlands.