When a child is born, parents have to arrange a lot. They have to go to the local authority to register the child. The child gets a first and last name, a nationality and a birth certificate. This is proof of your birth.
You too are registered with the local authority.
Registration of birth and birth certificate
Registration with the local authority
Each child is registered with the local authority when it is newly born, also child refugees. This is called registration of birth. Your parents register the birth with the local authority and the local authority gives proof that you were born, which is called a birth certificate.
A birth certificate includes your name, who your parents are, when you were born and where.
The birth certificate is important for later on, for instance if you are getting married.
The employees of the COA can help your parents to register you with the local authority.
Nationality and residence permit
There are rules if you are born in the Netherlands. This doesn’t automatically give you Dutch nationality. You get the nationality of your parents or of one of them. If your parents have a residence permit then you also get one, so you don’t get a residence permit if your parents don’t have one yet. If you have any questions about your nationality then you can ask your lawyer.
First name and rules about last name
Your parents choose your first name. Which last name you get depends on the rules. Rules that apply in the country your parents come from. Parents can ask their lawyer for advice.