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Registering a birth in the Netherlands

If you have just had a new baby, you must register the birth. This applies to all children born in the Netherlands. You must register the birth within 3 days in the municipality where they were born. The mother, father or the mother's female partner (duomoeder) can register the birth.

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

Your (future) place of residence falls under the Municipality of Woerden.

Municipality of Woerden: Registering a birth

Registration

You can register a birth online or make an appointment with the municipality.

Choice of surname

The child can be given the surname of the mother or father. All children that you subsequently have together will automatically have the same last name. The procedure depends on your situation:

Are you married?

Then your child will automatically be given the father's last name. Do you want your child to have the mother's last name? In that case, you must have the municipality draw up a certificate of name choice for the birth registration. You can make an appointment for this with the municipality. Please take along the mother to your appointment.

Are you not married?

Then your child will automatically be given the mother's surname. Do you want your child to
have the father's surname? Then the father must acknowledge your child. The new choice of surname will appear on the official deed.

Are you getting married later?

Then your child can still be given the father's surname after getting married. You can make an appointment for this with the municipality. Please take along the mother to your appointment.

Was your child born abroad?

Then you can change your child's surname within 2 years after birth.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Woerden

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Last updated on 22 September 2022