Changing the registration of gender on official documents
Do you want to change the registration of your gender designation on your official documents? If so, it must first be changed on your birth certificate. For people born in the Netherlands, this is done in the municipality where you were born. If you want a gender-neutral birth certificate, you can send a request to the district court. After the registration of your gender has been changed on your birth certificate, you can apply for a new passport, identity card or driving licence.
The Government of the Netherlands uses 2 genders: ‘man’ (male) and ‘vrouw’ (female). For people born in the Netherlands, changing the registration of your gender from ‘man’ to ‘vrouw’, and vice versa, can be done at the municipality where you were born.
It is not possible to choose gender-neutral registration at the municipality. Do you want to change the registration of your gender to gender-neutral? If so, send a request to the district court.
There are rules for changing the registration of your gender on official documents.
Medical certificate needed to change the registration of your gender
To change the registration of your gender, you will need a certificate from an expert. This may be a doctor, psychologist or psychotherapist. The certificate is a statement containing the designation ‘deskundige transgenders’ (transgender expert) (in Dutch). You do not need to have undergone an operation, hormone treatment or sterilisation.
Change to registration of gender designation for children under 16 years of age
It is not currently possible for children under 16 years of age to have the registration of their gender changed.
Gender registration change and citizenship
To change the registration of your gender in the Netherlands, you must:
- hold Dutch citizenship; or
- have resided in the Netherlands for at least 1 year, if you do not hold Dutch citizenship.
Do you want to have the registration of your gender changed by the municipality in the Netherlands where you were born? If so, you can also specify your new forename(s). The municipality where you were born will then put those names on your birth certificate.
You can have the registration of your gender changed in the municipality where you were born. That municipality will amend your birth certificate. The municipality where you were born will notify the municipality where you live of the change. The municipality where you live will then amend your data in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen – BRP).
Were you born outside the Netherlands? If so, you can submit a request to the municipality of Den Haag (The Hague).
Applying for a new passport, identity card or driving licence after changing the registration of your gender
Is your new gender registration entered in the BRP? If so, you can apply for a new passport, identity card or driving licence. You can do this with the municipality where you live. Old documents are no longer valid, and you must return them.
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Notification of change in registration of gender
If you have changed your gender, you can have this adjusted in the Personal Records Database (BRP). You can have your gender changed from 'man' to 'woman', or vice versa.
Declaration of gender change is free of charge. Keep in mind the costs for renewing your passport, identity card and / or driver's license. After the declaration of gender change, these are no longer valid.
How does it work?
There are four steps:
- Arrange a declaration of expertise;
- Make an appointment with the civil registry in your place of birth (or in The Hague);
- Applying for a new ID card or passport;
- Inform other authorities.
What should I do?
Make an appointment to report a change of your gender on your birth certificate to the municipality where you were born. During this appointment you immediately indicate which forename(s) you want from now on. From the age of 16, the declaration can be made without the consent of the parent(s) or guardian(s).
No Dutch nationality
If you do not have a Dutch nationality, you can only make the request if you have a valid residence permit and have lived in the Netherlands for at least one year. If your birth certificate is not registered in the registers of civil status in the Netherlands, you must file a declaration with the civil registrar of the municipality of The Hague.
- Valid proof of identity
- Statement (not older than 6 months) from a designated expert from one of the following bodies:
- the Knowledge and Care Centre for Gender Dysphoria of the VU Medical Centre in Amsterdam,
- the Gender team of the University Medical Center Groningen in Groningen,
- the Gender team of the Curium Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden,
- or a statement from a doctor or psychologist appointed.
Amendment of the registration your gender on your birth certificate is free of charge. However, you do have to pay for a new identity document (passport, identity card, driving licence).
You will immediately receive a printout of the change.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Midden-Delfland
Anna van Raesfeltstraat 37