Change your registered sex (transgenders born abroad)

Would you like to change the sex recorded on your birth certificate (transgender)? If you were not born in the Netherlands, you can request this change in gender in The Hague. You can also change your given names.

Conditions

  • You are 16 years or older.
  • You have Dutch citizenship or you have lived in the Netherlands for at least 1 year and have a legally valid residence permit.
  • Your birth certificate is registered with the Registry Office of the Municipality of The Hague. Or you have a foreign birth certificate which is drawn up and issued by an authorised agency under local regulations. This agency may not be a Dutch embassy or consulate.   
  • Are you unable to get a birth certificate? Then the courts must first establish your birth details. To do this you need to contact an attorney.
  • Official documents must be drawn up in Dutch, English, French or German. For other languages the documents need to be translated into 1 of these languages by a certified translator. 
  • Are you unable to get your birth certificate? Then the court needs to first confirm your birth information. Contact an attorney to arrange this.
  • You can only change your given names if this is permitted under the law of your country of citizenship.

Required for your application

In addition to these conditions, a number of documents are required in order to change the sex recorded on your birth certificate:

  • A statement by an expert. The statement should affirm that you have declared to this expert that you have the permanent conviction that you belong to another gender than stated on your birth certificate. And that you understand the repercussions of your decision to change your gender identification. This statement may not be older than 6 months at the time of your application. Go to the website of the Dutch government for information about the experts who can issue a statement.
  • A certified copy of your foreign birth certificate, if required legalised and with a certified translation (unless your birth certificate is registered with the Registry Office of the Municipality of The Hague).
    • Proof of Dutch citizenship. This can be (a copy of) a Dutch identity card (both sides), Dutch passport or a declaration of Dutch citizenship. Or if you have a different nationality: a copy of your passport and both sides of your valid residence permit.
    • If your parents were married or had an unmarried partnership at the time of your birth: a certified copy of the marriage certificate or certificate of unmarried partnership. If your parents were married or had an unmarried partnership in the Netherlands or the marriage certificate/certificate of unmarried partnership was registered with the Registry Office of The Hague, you do not have to submit this document.
    • If your parents were not married or did not have an unmarried partnership at the time of your birth: a certificate of acknowledgement.  
    • If you were adopted (also abroad), changed your name or acknowledged: all relevant documents concerning the adoption, name change or acknowledgement of parenthood. Check whether the additional documents need to be legalised and/or have a certified translation.

    Submit your request

    • Do you meet all of the conditions and do you have the required documents? Make a request to change the gender identification on your birth certificate.
    • This can only be done digitally. You can not take the documents to a municipal counter.
    • If you have a citizen service number (BSN), make sure to have it readily available.

    Request the change

    Fees

    There is no fee to change the gender identification on your birth certificate. The municipality will charge a fee to send back all your original documents by registered mail.

    How long does it take?

    The municipality aims to take up your digital request within 10 working days. The waiting time is currently longer.

    From the moment the municipality has received and approved your original documents, it takes a maximum of 6 weeks to change the information on your birth certificate.

    Important after the change

    • The municipality in which you live will register the changes in the Personal Records Database (BRP).
    • Government agencies which make use of the BRP will get the changes automatically.
    • It will be up to you to inform other organisations that your gender and your given names were changed.
    • All of your identity documents, such as a Dutch passport, identity card, Aliens document or driving licence, will lose their legal validity. You will have to replace them at your own expense.

    Questions

    Any questions? You can send your questions by email to: lt@denhaag.nl.