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Applying for a copy of a birth certificate in the Netherlands

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).

This is how it works in your (future) place of residence

Your (future) place of residence falls under the Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch.

Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch: Applying for a copy of a birth certificate

A birth certificate is a transcript from the civil registry. You request it from the municipality where the certificate was drawn up and the birth was reported. Abroad, you will usually need an international excerpt. Contact the authority requesting the certificate or extract.  

Request a civil status certificate from abroad

You can request a civil status record online if the life event (birth, partnership, marriage or death) also took place in our municipality.  

Apply online

Do you live in the Netherlands and do you have a DigiD code? Then you can request your birth certificate online. You can also apply for your birth certificate from abroad using your DigiD code. Don't have a DigiD code? Then first apply for one via the DigiD website.  

 Apply for the birth certificate online.   

Unable or unwilling to apply for DigiD? You can apply for the civil status certificate

  • By authorising someone on your behalf;  
  • by visiting the municipal reception desk in person. You need to make an appointment first
  • in writing by post:  
    • send an original letter to Gemeente 's-Hertogenbosch, Department of Public Services, PO Box 12345, 5200 GZ 's-Hertogenbosch;  
    • Put in your letter;  
    • the date and place of the life event and name(s) of the person(s) involved;  
    • what you need the civil status record for;  
    • the address to which we should send the certificate(s);  
    • close the letter with the date, your name and signature;  
    • enclose a copy of a valid identity document of yours on which your signature is also affixed.  
    • After applying, you will receive the certificate by post within 5 working days.

You cannot request the civil status certificate via e-mail.   


There is a charge for requesting a birth certificate. 

Further information  

For application, costs and any other information, please contact the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch by telephone or WhatsApp +31 73 - 615 51 55 or send an e-mail via the digital contact form.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch

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Last updated on 26 September 2022