Register a birth

If you have just had a baby, you will have to register the birth with the Registry Office of the municipality.


You must register the birth in the municipality where the child was born.

The registration may only be done by:

  • the child’s father or mother

If there is no father or the father is unable to come, then one of the following people may register the baby:

  • somebody who was present at the birth (a friend, grandfather or grandmother etc.)

If no other people were present at the birth:

  • the person in whose home the child was born or
  • the head of the hospital or clinic where the child was born.

If there is nobody who is authorised to register the birth, then the birth will be registered by a municipal employee. The mayor designates the municipal employee.

What to bring to register the birth

  • A valid form of identification for the person registering the birth. This may be a driving licence as long as the person who is registering the birth is registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of the municipality where the birth is being registered.
  • A valid form of identification for the mother.

The municipality will verify the authenticity of your official documents.

  • The given names, date of birth and time of birth for the child. You can bring the statement of birth from the hospital or midwife (which also states the name of the mother). The statement of birth is not mandatory; you may also provide this information yourself.
  • You can take your marriage or partnership booklet with you. The Registry Office will add your child to it (not mandatory).

Register the birth

  • You need to register the birth of your child within 3 working days at the Department of Public Service counter at one of The Hague's city district offices. The day of the birth itself does not count.
  • An official from the Registry Office will then draw up the birth certificate. The certificate is legal proof of the child's birth.
    If the mother is registered in The Hague, the child will be registered in the
    Personal Records Database (BRP) after the birth is registered and will get a citizen service number (BSN). The municipality will provide written proof of this.
    If the mother is registered in another municipality, that municipality will issue the BSN.
  • If you make an appointment, you will not have to wait at the city district office.
  • If it is not possible to get an appointment within 3 days, you can visit during the walk-in hours. Please plan for a longer wait.

Make an appointment



    Not a resident of The Hague?

    Are you not registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of The Hague, but was your child born here? Then you still need to register the birth in The Hague:

    • The civil servant will check your personal details at the municipality in which you are registered.
    • The Municipality of The Hague will inform your municipality about the birth of your child.
    • You will receive a citizen service number (BSN) for your child from your municipality.

    Child born in the Netherlands with a foreign nationality

    Does the child have a foreign nationality (non-Dutch)? Then you will need to apply for a residence permit for your child after you register the birth. This can be done online. Read more on the website of the IND.