Who should register the birth?
Either the father or mother of the baby should register its birth, in the municipality where the baby was born. If you live in Eindhoven, but the baby was born in another municipality (in hospital in Veldhoven or Geldrop, for example), the baby's birth should be registered in that municipality.
Are neither the father nor the mother able to register the birth? The birth should then be registered by someone who was present at the birth, such as the midwife, doctor or maternity assistant. Was a member of the family present? He or she may also register the birth.
Is the mother unable to register the baby, and was there no-one else present at the birth? In that case, the owner of the house where the baby was born, or the head of the hospital or clinic where the baby was born, should register the birth.
Is there really no-one who can, or may register the birth? In that case the mayor, or his representative, will register the birth.
Why do I have to register the birth?
When you register your baby's birth, an officer of the civil registry will issue a birth certificate. This is proof of the birth of your child*. The certificate contains all the details about the child.
Before you sign the birth certificate, do check that all these details are correct. We can correct any clerical errors in the certificate if we have enough evidence to do so, for example: the birth announcement card.
When you register the birth, we enter your child in the Key Register of Persons (BRP) en he or she is issued with a Citizen Service Number (BSN). You will receive this Citizen Service Number by post, following the registration of birth.
*If, sadly, your baby is stillborn, after a pregnancy of 24 weeks or more, you must still register the birth. The certificate will then be included in the registry of deaths. This also applies if your baby dies within the three-day period before registration is required. A birth certificate and a death certificate will both be issued.
When should I register my baby's birth?
That depends on which day your baby was born. The rule is that you must register the birth within three days of the baby's birth.
The table below shows the last day on which you can register your baby's birth at the municipality.
|Day of birth||Last possible day for registering|
What should I bring with me when registering the birth?
You will need the following documents:
- a valid identity document of the person registering the birth;
- the announcement of the birth from the hospital (if available);
- if the child is to take the mother's surname: a copy of the legal document specifying the choice of surname;
- if you, the parents, are unmarried and the child's parentage has been recognised prior to the birth: a copy of the deed of recognition;
- marriage or registered partnership certificate (if so desired).
There is no charge for registering a birth.