Birth and adoption

  • Register a birth

    If you have just had a baby, you will have to register the birth with the Registry Office of the Municipality of The Hague within 3 working days.

  • Birth certificate

    You request a copy or extract of the birth certificate in the municipality where you were born.

  • Acknowledgment of Parenthood before the birth

    When the parents of a child are unwed and have not entered into an unmarried partnership, the father or the same-sex mother not giving birth to the child can formally acknowledge parenthood before the birth.

  • Acknowledgment of Parenthood after the birth

    When the parents of a child are unwed or have not entered into an unmarried partnership, the father or the same-sex mother not giving birth to the child can formally acknowledge parenthood during the entire lifespan of a child.

  • Choosing a surname for your child

    Parents can decide whether to give their first-born child the mother’s surname or the father’s surname. You can register your choice at the Municipality of The Hague in a declaration of surname choice.

  • Denying paternity

    A mother can deny that her now deceased husband is the father of her child. The Registry Office will draw up the certificate.

  • Registering children adopted in the Netherlands

    If you have adopted a child in the Netherlands, then you need to register him with the municipality. The adopted child will then be entered in the Personal Records Database (BRP).

  • Registering children adopted from abroad

    Did you adopt a child abroad and is that child going to live in The Hague? Then you must register the child in the Personal Records Database (BRP).

  • Application for child benefit

    People living or working in the Netherlands have a right to the child benefit (kinderbijslag) for children under the age of 18.