Register a death

When a person dies, you report their death to the municipality in which it occurred. The municipality registers the death of this person with the Registry Office and the Dutch population register (BRP). If the deceased person was not a resident of The Hague, the information will be passed to the municipality where he or she was living.

The municipality will draw up 2 documents and will give these to you:

  • a document in which it gives permission for the funeral to take place, the ‘verlof tot begraven’ (‘permit to bury’) or the ‘verlof tot cremeren’ (‘permit to cremate’). Did the deceased indicate that they wanted to donate their body to science? Then you will get a document with the ‘verlof tot ontleding’ ('permit to dissect').
  • a copy of the death certificate

    Who can report a death?

    Undertakers and the next of kin may report a death.

    What to bring to register a death

    Take the following documents to the appointment:

    • ‘B-enveloppe’ with the doctor's statement on the cause of death
    • your proof of identity
    • if the funeral or cremation needs to be postponed, a permit
    • if applicable, your marriage booklet

    If the person died a natural death also take:

    • certificate of death by natural causes (by a forensic expert)

    If the person died an unnatural death also take:

    • certificate of death by unnatural causes (by a forensic expert)
    • statement of no objection to the funeral or cremation (by the Public Prosecutor)

    Notification by undertakers

    Undertakers may report a death in 2 ways: online and in person at the counter of 1 of the city district offices.

    Online

    If you report a death online, you only need to come by in person to hand in the original doctor’s statement and any other original documents. This will save you a lot of (travel) time. You pay the fees when you report the death online. You will receive the permit, the copy of the death certificate and any other documents at your office either the same day or the next working day at the latest.

    Step 1:

    • You must first register (1 time only) at www.eherkenning.nl. You will then receive your ‘login token’. This will enable you to log in easily, safely and reliably and to complete the forms.
    • You will receive your login token within 5 working days.

    Step 2:

    • You can use your login token to report a death. Use the ‘Kennisgeving Overlijden’ (‘notification of death’) form.

      Report a death (for undertakers, in Dutch)

      • You may submit a maximum of 5 death notifications on each form. You may of course complete and submit multiple forms.
      • You will receive an email confirmation of your notification.
      • You can hand in the original documents each week at the information desk at the Centrum district office.

      In person, at one of the city district offices

      See the information under 'Notification by next of kin’.

      Notification by next of kin

      Next of kin may only report a death in person at the counter of 1 of the city district offices.

      • Make an appointment online to register the death. This way you avoid waiting long at the city district office.

        Make an appointment

            Exceptional cases

            In exceptional cases the municipality will draw up a death certificate, for example:

            • for a stillborn baby or a child which died shortly after birth. Read more about this registration on the website of Government.nl. You can register your child in the Personal Records Database (BRP).
            • if there is a legal presumption of death. If no body has been found, but death is certain, the courts may declare that the person is dead.

                Costs

                These are the rates for 2019.

                • Copy of the death certificate: € 14.60
                • Permit for burial/cremation: free
                • Permit to expedite or postpone funeral: € 84.35
                • Laissez-passer: € 9.90
                  You can only pay by bank pass at the city district offices. You can pay cash as well as by bank pass at the Centrum district office.

                  Certificate of inheritance

                  Notification of death is not a certificate of inheritance. Beneficiaries can use the certificate of inheritance to demonstrate that they have a right to the possessions and debts of the deceased. You can apply for a certificate of inheritance from a public notary registered in the Netherlands.

                  eHerkenning

                  Companies can use eHerkenning to arrange their affairs online with government agencies safely, reliably, and easily. The Municipality of The Hague uses eHerkenning (assurance level 3) for certain products and services. Read more about eHerkenning.

                  Dying abroad

                  Information on reporting a death which occurred abroad can be found at www.netherlandsworldwide.nl.

                  The next of kin or undertaker has to have the foreign report of death registered. You do this in the municipality in the Netherlands where the deceased was living. In the Municipality of The Hague you can do this at 1 of the city district offices.

                  Transporting the deceased abroad

                  Read how you can have a deceased person transported abroad on the page Laissez-passer voor vervoer overledene naar het buitenland aanvragen.