Birth, marriage and death certificates
The Amsterdam Civil Registry has your birth certificate only if you were born in Amsterdam. Where your family lived prior to or following your birth is not relevant. Similarly, the Civil Registry has marriage certificates of people who married in Amsterdam and death certificates of people who died in Amsterdam.
Birth certificates prior to 1905 are not available through Dienst Basisinformatie (DBI). This also applies for marriage certificates prior to 1930 and death certificates prior to 1955. For these certificates you can contact the Amsterdam City Archives (Stadsarchief Amsterdam). Birth certificates in the archive are made public 100 years after the birth; marriage certificates made public 75 years after a marriage is recorded; and death certificates made public 50 years following a death.
Requesting a certificate
Internet: processing time is up to 5 days. To complete an online request for a birth, marriage or death certificate you must:
- Complete the online certificate application (in Dutch only).
- Make a light, clear scan of your photo ID.
By mail or fax: Processing time for a request by mail is 2 to 3 weeks depending upon current request volume. In your written request for a birth, marriage or death certificate you must:
- State your full name and mailing address.
- State the date and/or year of birth, marriage or death.
- State the reason for the request.
- Include a photocopy of your photo identification (ie driving licence, passport).
- Sign your letter of request.
- If faxing, fax information to +31 (0)20 253 9207.
- Make an appointment online.
- Present valid photo identification.
- Pay a €12.80 fee for each certificate (2016 rates).
International certified copy
If you need the certificate for use abroad, the Civil Registry can provide you with an international certified copy. Documents required by Dutch authorities abroad are usually in the Dutch language. It is recommended, however, to confirm what they require in advance. Please note that requests from overseas can be delayed due to slow mail traffic.
Mail your request to:
1000 CT Amsterdam
It is not possible to pay by money order. A specification of costs will be included with your requested documents. There are two types of payment options from abroad:
- Pay online.
- Transfer the amount due to:
ING Bank Nederland
Account number: 4500066
Please also quote the invoice number on the transfer.
For more information call: 14 020.