Would you like to report the death of a loved one or someone else? Usually the funeral director will declare the death, but you can also do this yourself. This should be done at the municipality where your loved one died.
When you go to the municipality to register a death, you will need to bring the death statement (verklaring van overlijden) with you. This will be given to you by the doctor who confirmed the death. The death statement is made up of 2 parts: the A-verklaring where the death is officially declared and the B-verklaring which states the cause of death.
After a death has been registered, the Registrar of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships (ambtenaar van de burgerlijke stand) issues the death certificate (Akte van overlijden). The personal details of the deceased appear on the certificate, as well as the name of the informant. It is possible to obtain an excerpt of the certificate.
After issuing the death certificate, the municipality amends the information held on the deceased in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen – BRP).
The municipality also issues a document in which it gives permission for the funeral: either the authorisation for burial (verlof tot begraven) or the authorisation for cremation (verlof tot cremeren).
Did the deceased indicate that they wanted to donate their body to science? Then you will be issued a authorisation for dissection (verlof tot ontleding).
You must register a death within 6 working days, and always before the funeral.
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Registering a death
Notification of the death of a person is mandatory. Usually the funeral director makes the declaration to the municipality. As a next of kin, you can also do this yourself. You file the declaration in the municipality where the person died.
The funeral director or the next of kin makes the declaration to the municipality. This usually has to be done within 6 days of death. A funeral or cremation must take place no later than the 6th working day after the death. Ask the municipality for permission for a burial or cremation.
What you need for a declaration:
- valid proof of identity of the person making the report
- death certificate
- the envelope with a statement about the cause of death (B-statement for Statistics Netherlands)
- marriage certificate (not required)
Declaration by surviving dependants
You can register the death yourself. You must do this in the municipality where your loved one died. Make an appointment with the municipality of Culemborg.
- Online: https://www.culemborg.nl/afspraak-maken#select/
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Telephone: 0345 477 700
Online registration by funeral directors
You can also ask the funeral home to register the death for you. Funeral homes who are located in the Netherlands can register deaths online.
Registering a death: free of charge
- As a surviving dependant, you receive the extract from the death certificate and the verlof tot begraven of cremeren (permission for burial or cremation) immediately.
- Funeral homes should receive the extract and any other documents on the same working day or, at the latest, the next working day.
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