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Registering a death in the Netherlands

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

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Municipality of Hoorn: Registering a death

If someone has died in Hoorn, this must be reported to the municipality of Hoorn. We ask that the declaration be carried out by the funeral director. This can be done online. If you want to make a declaration yourself, discuss this with the funeral director. After death, someone must be buried or cremated after a minimum of 36 hours and at the latest within 6 working days. You need permission from the municipality for this.

The following conditions apply to a declaration of death:

  • A doctor or coroner has determined death.
  • The declaration is made within 6 working days after death.

Declaration by the funeral director

As a funeral director, you can submit the declaration using an online form . This is possible with e-Recognition. You must submit the A statements and the B forms by the end of the month at the latest.

You must make an appointment to register a stillborn child.

Declaration of death by family member or acquaintance

You can file the declaration yourself at the town hall.

More information

More information can be found on the Overlijden aangeven page.

The preparation of a death certificate and permission to bury costs nothing.

You can also request an extract from the death certificate. More information can be found on Akte aanvragen page.

  • 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.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Hoorn

Last updated on 23 September 2022