What is a birth certificate?

A birth certificate is written proof that you have registered the birth of your child. In most countries you receive your child’s birth certificate when you register their birth.

When is a birth certificate required?

You need your child’s birth certificate to apply for a Dutch passport or Dutch ID card for them. 

Find out more about applying for a Dutch passport or ID card

What information is on a birth certificate?

A birth certificate usually includes the following information:

  • Given name(s) and surname(s), which may sometimes be a chain of names 
  • Date of birth
  • Time of birth, if known
  • Place of birth
  • Sex
  • Name(s) of parent(s)

How do I register a birth?

How you should register your child’s birth depends on which country they were born in.

Find out how to register a birth outside the Netherlands


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Applying for Dutch civil status records from outside the Netherlands