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).

Conditions

Not all foreign adoptions will be registered. Only foreign adoptions which can be recognised under Dutch law can be registered in the BRP. Whether the foreign adoption can be recognised and registered will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

What you need for the application

  • A valid form of identification for the adopted child and the parent(s). This may not be a driving licence.
  • Does your child already have Dutch nationality when he arrives in the Netherlands? Then bring the child’s Dutch form of identification with you.
  • A proof of occupancy.
  • A recent original birth certificate for your child. This is not a condition for registration. The certificate can also be submitted at a later moment (by appointment).
  • The foreign ruling by a court or other authority on the adoption.
  • If you have other foreign adoption documents, then also bring these with you.

Depending on the situation, you may be asked to provide other documents as well.

Registration procedure for an adopted child with Dutch nationality

Make an appointment online at the Centrum city office.

  • You can do this by clicking on the green button below but you can also make an appointment by calling tel. 14 070.
  • Enter the correct home address when making the appointment. This is the address where your child will be registered.
  • Come to the appointment in person, together with your child.

    Make an appointment

    Make sure that you are on time for your appointment. If you arrive too late, there may be no time left to help you.

    Registration procedure for an adopted child with foreign nationality

    • First you must call to make an appointment with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to register your child in the BRP as well as to apply for a residence permit for your child. For more information go to www.ind.nl.
    • You must come to the appointment in person, together with your child.
    • You will be notified once your child has been registered in the BRP, in principle within 4 weeks. This notification will also state your child’s citizen service number (BSN).
    • The IND processes the application for a residence permit and will send you a notification of the procedure.

    Fees

    None.

    How long does it take?

    It depends of your personal situation and the documents which are required. Usually your BRP registration will be processed within 4 weeks once you have submitted all of your documents. You will receive a letter from the municipality with the confirmation of your registration.

        Registering birth certificate and adoption certificate

        Would you like to have your adopted child’s birth certificate and adoption certificate registered with the Registry Office in The Hague? Then contact the Department of National Tasks (Afdeling Landelijke Taken) by email: lt@denhaag.nl.

        Legalisation

        Documents from certain countries must be legalised or have an apostille.

        Translations

        More information about the requirements for the language in which the certificate was drawn up can be found under Translating foreign documents.

        The municipality will verify the authenticity of your identity documents.