Request a birth certificate

A birth certificate provides written proof that your birth is recorded in the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. You can request a copy of the certificate in Dutch or as a multiple-language (international) extract. You request this in the municipality where you were born.

An authority asks for your birth certificate. You request this in the municipality where you were born. You will then get a copy or a multiple-language (international) extract of the certificate. The original certificate remains the property of the municipality.

Usually the authority requiring the certificate will tell you which document you need. It will also indicate how old the document may be. The difference between the copy and the multiple-language (international) extract:

  • A copy is exactly the same as the certificate itself. It is also called a certified, official or authenticated copy. The copy is only available in Dutch.
  • A multiple-language (international) extract contains a summary of the certificate. The extract has an explanation in 10 languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish and Serbo-Croatian.

When you apply for the certificate you can indicate which document you would like to have.

Would you like to request the certificate using your DigiD? You need to be registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP). Read more about the BRP on the Begin external link: website of the Government of the Netherlands(External link), end external link..
Would you like to request a certificate for a stillborn child? You can apply using the form in Begin link: Death certificate, end link. .

€ 16.60 (2024) excluding postage costs. After you have applied you will receive the invoice by email.

The municipality will send you your copy or multiple-language (international) extract within 3 weeks. When you receive it depends on the postal service.


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