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
Uittreksel burgerlijke stand ( 'Extract of Civil Registry')
In Nijmegen, you can request a copy of your birth certificate via a copy/extract from the burgerlijke stand ('Civil Registry'). You can request the copy/extract online or by appointment
If you apply online
When booking an appointment
- your identity document;
- debit card or cash.
If you ask someone to apply for you
- copy of your identity document;
- debit card or cash;
- identity document of the person you authorize;
- your written permission. Include in the permission:
- your name and date of birth;
- the name of the person you give permission;
- that you give the person permission to apply for a birth certificate for you;
- whether you need an official copy of your birth certificate or an (multilingual international) extract;
- your signature.
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.
Make an appointment by calling +31 24 329 90 00.
Applying from outside the Netherlands
No DigiD? You can also authorise someone to apply for the birth certificate for you at the service desk.
Alternatively, you can apply for your birth certificate by post:
- Send a letter to:
6500 HG Nijmegen
- State that you require a birth certificate and mention your date of birth.
- State whether you need and official copy or a (multilingual international) extract.
- State your name, address and what you need the certificate for.
- Sign the letter. Attach a copy of your valid identity document.
A birth certificate costs: € 15,70.
Your online application will be processed and sent by post within 4 working days.
Applying by appointment
You will receive the birth certificate immediately after your appointment. Exception: we will send the multilingual international extract to you by post within 4 working days.