Declaration

In the Netherlands, it is mandatory to register births and deaths after a period of 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Below you can see exactly what the rules are.

Before 24 weeks of gestation


Born still

Live birth lived less than 24 hours

Born alive lived more than 24 hours
Filing a tax return is not mandatory, but it is allowed. Filing a tax return is not mandatory, but it is allowed. Declaration is mandatory.
You will always receive a “statement under 24 weeks” from the doctor. You will need this statement for your funeral insurance and at the crematorium/cemetery as proof that your child is under 24 weeks. So this is very important to get out of the hospital.
If you want to file a police report, you will also receive a death certificate and in some cases a B certificate (this is not mandatory).
The choice between whether or not to report is separate from the choice between collective cremation or not. So you can choose not to file a tax claim and still have your own cremation or to file a tax return and collective cremation.
You will receive a “statement under 24 weeks” from the doctor.
You will need this statement for your funeral insurance and at the crematorium/cemetery as proof that your child is under 24 weeks. So this is very important to get out of the hospital.
If you want to file a police report, you will receive a doctor’s certificate of birth and for the registration of death you will receive a doctor’s certificate of death and a B-certificate (this is not mandatory).
You must register the birth at the place of birth within 3 working days of birth. You must report the death in the place of death within 3 working days of the death of your baby. This is often the same place as the place of birth, but not always. So pay attention!
The birth registration must be done by someone who was present at the birth. The declaration of death can be made by anyone. For the birth registration you will receive a doctor’s certificate of birth and for the registration of death you will receive a doctor’s certificate of death and a B-certificate.
You will receive a birth certificate (lifeless) and sometimes a burial/cremation permit (this is not mandatory). You will receive a birth certificate and a death certificate and sometimes a burial/cremation permit (this is not mandatory). You will receive a birth certificate and a death certificate and a burial/cremation permit.
The declaration itself costs nothing, but the deed does. The declaration itself costs nothing, but the deed does. The declaration itself costs nothing, but the deed does. You will need it for funeral insurance. So you pay 2 certificates (birth and death).
You are required to bring a valid ID. If you have a deed of acknowledgment, bring that with you as well. Your baby can also be added to your marriage certificate. You are required to bring a valid ID. If you have a deed of acknowledgment, bring that with you as well. Your baby can also be added to your marriage certificate. You are required to bring a valid ID. If you have a deed of acknowledgment, bring that with you as well. Your baby can also be added to your marriage certificate.

At 24 weeks of gestation


Born alive

Born still
Declaration is mandatory. Declaration is mandatory.
You must register the birth at the place of birth within 3 working days of birth. You must report the death in the place of death within 3 working days of the death of your baby. Please note: this is often the same place as the place of birth, but not always, so you have to file a declaration in two different places . The birth registration must be done by someone who was present at the birth. The declaration of death can be made by anyone. For the birth registration you will receive a doctor’s certificate of birth and for the registration of death you will receive a doctor’s certificate of death and a B-certificate. You register the birth and death at the same time. This can be done by anyone. At the hospital, you will receive a doctor’s certificate of death and a B certificate. This will take you to the registry office in the municipality where the birth took place.
You will receive a birth certificate and a death certificate and a burial/cremation permit. You will receive a birth certificate (lifeless) and a burial/cremation permit.
The declaration itself costs nothing, but the deed does. You will need it for funeral insurance. So you pay 2 certificates (birth and death). The declaration itself costs nothing, but the deed does. You will need it for funeral insurance.
You are required to bring a valid ID. If you have a deed of acknowledgment, bring that with you as well. Your baby can also be added to your marriage certificate. You are required to bring a valid ID. If you have a deed of acknowledgment, bring that with you as well. Your baby can also be added to your marriage certificate.

More information can be found at

On the website of the Dutch government

It is now possible to include stillborn children in the basic register. In this way, the child always remains visible in the composition of the family in official documents and in this way also has the right to exist.

You can do this registration in your own place of residence and therefore do not have to be done at the place of birth/death of the baby.

Amendment of the Personal Records Database Act (BRP)

My child was stillborn a long time ago. Can I still file a tax return?

Yes, you can. You
must file the declaration in the municipality where your child was stillborn. If this is the case,
in a hospital, you must file a report in the municipality where the hospital
state.

What you need

Documents
that shows that your child has died, such as:

  • a statement from a doctor, hospital or midwife
  • an obituary or information about the funeral or cremation