Do you want a copy of your birth certificate (geboorteakte)? You will need it, for example, if an organisation asks for it. You can request an official copy (afschrift), extract (uittreksel) or a multilingual international extract (meertalig internationaal uittreksel).
You will need a copy of your birth certificate if, for example:
- an organisation requests your birth certificate. This may be your municipality.
- you are adopted and want to know who your biological parents are. Those details are usually recorded on a birth certificate.
You won't receive your original birth certificate that the municpality has on file. You can choose from an an official copy, extract or a multilingual international extract.
Official copy of birth certificate
This is a copy of the birth certificate record held by the municipality. The municipality puts a stamp on it. The official copy has the same information as your original birth certificate.
Extract of a birth certificate
The extract of the birth certificate contains the following information:
- your surname;
- your first name(s);
- your place of birth;
- your date of birth.
Details regarding your parents are not included in the extract.
Multilingual international extract of birth certificate
The multilingual international extract is an up-to-date summary of your birth certificate for international use. It provides an explanatory statement in:
You request a copy of your birth certificate in the municipality where you were born.
Were you born outside the Netherlands? Do you want to request a copy of your birth certificate? If so, contact the Registrar of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships in the country in which you were born. Is your birth certificate registered with the municipality of Den Haag (The Hague)? If so, you can apply for a copy there.
This is how it works in your (future) place of residence
Copy or extract of civil status
Were you born in the Netherlands? Do you live in the Netherlands and have a DigiD? If so, you can apply for your birth certificate online. You can also use your DigiD to apply for your birth certificate from outside the Netherlands.
Applying at the service desk
You can apply for your birth certificate at the service desk of your municipality. Take a valid identity document with you.
Applying from outside the Netherlands
No DigiD? You can also authorise someone to apply for the birth certificate for you at the service desk.
You pay a fee for this service. For more information, contact the municipality.