Registration of Birth

Find out how to register the birth of a newborn baby, and about the baby's legal nationality...

The birth of a child needs to be registered within 72 hours at the local town hall (gemeentehuis). This will provide the child with a birth certificate.

The passports, birth certificate and residence papers of both parents must be shown, along with the marriage certificate or official living-together contract. The mother's name must be mentioned on the birth certificate regardless of her marital status.

The birth can be registered by the father, the mother or a third person.

International parents

International birth certificates may not be automatically issued - request this at the Registrar’s office and provide the relevant paperwork depending on parents' nationality. Foreign parents may apply to the Consulate of their Embassy in the Netherlands for registration of the birth with their home country. This, however, does not mean they don't need to register with the Dutch authorities. The Dutch registration of birth must be obtained first.

Nationality of the Baby

If the mother is Dutch the baby automatically gets Dutch nationality even if the father is not. If the father alone is Dutch and the parents are not married or in a registered partnership, the baby must be 'recognised' (erkenning) during the pregnancy in order to qualify for Dutch nationality and to establish parenthood. Married partners or those in a registered partnership are automatically considered the parents of a child and do not need to complete the process of official recognition. A man may recognise a child who is biologically not his own up until a child is 7 years old. Assuming that the child has no legal ties to another father, they will be conferred with Dutch citizenship.

Parents who are not Dutch nationals should contact the relevant Embassy to establish the baby's nationality.