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
The municipality records important events, such as a birth, in the registry of births. Do you need a copy (full statement of the facts) or an extract (limited content) for, for example, a pension insurance or an estate? Then you can request this from the municipality where the event took place.
- Valid proof of identity (a passport, driver's license, identity card or Aliens Document).
- If you request the copy or extract for someone else, you must be of age and you need a written authorization. You must also bring a copy of his or her proof of identity.
- Money: you must pay the statement or extract with pin or cash.
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.
Without an appointment
Applying in the Netherlands
You will receive the birth certificate by post after no more than 5 working days.
Applying from outside the Netherlands
The municipality will send the birth certificate to your address outside the Netherlands within a few weeks. The time taken by the postal service varies from country to country.