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Reporting deaths and death certificates

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In the Netherlands all deaths must be reported to the municipality. If you are a funeral director you may do this on behalf of the next of kin.

Reporting a death

You report a person's death to the municipalty where the death has occurred. In the case of a death by natural causes, the doctor in attendence will issue you with an A and a B certificate. The A certificate is the death certificate, and the B certificate (cause of death certificate) is for Statistics Netherlands (CBS). These certificates are used to report the death and cause of death to the municipality where the death has occurred. You can also do this digitally, to do so you will need eHerkenning (eRecognition).

The municipality will issue a death registration certificate and an authorisation for burial or cremation. You must give this authorisation to the staff of the cemetery or the crematorium. In case the deceased indicated the wish to donate their body to science, the municipality will issue an authorisation for dissection).

Early or deferred funeral

In the Netherlands, a deceased cannot be buried or cremated within 36 hours (1.5 days) after their death. To deviate from this requirement, you need permission from the public prosecutor and the mayor of the municipality in which the death occurred.

If you wish to bury or cremate the deceased later than 6 working days after their death, you need permission from the mayor of the municipality in which the deceased died.

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