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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 Smallingerland: Registering a death

Declaration of death

You must register a death in the municipality where someone died. Usually the funeral director makes a declaration. As a surviving relative, you can also file a declaration yourself. Call the municipality to make an appointment. The funeral director can also submit the declaration digitally.

What do you need?

  • eRecognition
  • Chamber of Commerce location number
  • Citizen service number of the deceased
  • iDeal login details (you pay directly with the online declaration)
  • Declaration of natural death from the attending physician. Has a certificate of death been issued by the GGD medical examiner? Then the GGD will send it to the municipality itself. You therefore do not need a B envelope.
  • B envelope. This contains a form on which the doctor has filled in the cause of death for Statistics Netherlands. Send the B envelope as soon as possible to the municipality of Smallingerland, Postbus 10.000 9200 HA Drachten. Please note: it is important that you note the number of the death certificate on the B-envelope in the appropriate box immediately after the online declaration
  • Burial or cremation within 36 hours of death? Certificate of no objection from the attending physician and the public prosecutor.
  • Burial or cremation more than 6 working days after death? Certificate of no objection from the attending physician.


What do you bring?

  • A valid passport, identity card or driver's license.
  • A doctor's certificate of death.

Registering a death: € 14.30

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Smallingerland

Visiting address

Gauke Boelensstraat 2

9203RM Drachten

Opening hours
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Last updated on 23 September 2022