Registering a birth in the United States

If your child is born in the United States, you must register the birth there. If applicable, you can register the birth certificate in the Netherlands at a later time.

Registering a birth

If your child is born outside the Netherlands, you must register the birth with the local authorities in that country. Such authorities include the local registrar of births, deaths, and marriages, and the municipality in which you live. When you register the birth of your child, a birth certificate will be drawn up. In some countries you can register the birth at the Dutch embassy instead.

Registering a foreign birth certificate in the Netherlands

You can register the foreign birth certificate in the Netherlands. This is not compulsory, but it can be useful – for example if you or the child later need a copy or extract of the birth certificate.

If you have registered a birth with the local authorities of the other country, the birth certificate is a foreign document. In many cases, this foreign document will need to be legalised before it can be used in the Netherlands.

If you register the birth at a Dutch embassy, the child will not automatically be registered in the Netherlands. However, you can arrange this at a later time and legalisation of the birth certificate will not be required.

Rules for registering a birth and choice of name

You can find the Dutch rules for registering a birth and choosing a name for the child at government.nl. Other rules may apply abroad. For example, there may be different rules concerning the use of surnames or other alphabets (such as Japanese or Arabic).

Acknowledging parentage of a child while abroad

If you want to acknowledge parentage of a child while abroad, contact the local authorities of the country and see if they can draw up a declaration of acknowledgement of parentage. 

Acknowledging parentage in the Netherlands of a child born abroad

If your child is born abroad you can acknowledge parentage in the Netherlands at any time. So it's not a problem if acknowledging the child abroad is not possible. You can also authorise someone to do this on your behalf in the Netherlands. For more information about acknowledging parentage of a child visit government.nl.

Registering a birth in this country or region

There is no additional information.