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(Mar 26, 2010) It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, was forwarded to the Council of State (a government advisory body provided for by the Dutch Constitution) for an opinion. For such a measure to be implemented, data in the Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages would have to be coordinated with data in the Municipal Personal Records Database (GBA, Gemeentelijke Basisadministratie). (Press Release, Ministry of Justice, Digital Registration of Marriages or Deaths (Mar. 8, 2010), available at http://english.justitie.nl/currenttopics/pressreleases/archives-2010/100
308digital-registration-of-marriages-or-deaths.aspx?cp=35&cs=1578
; see also MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR AND KINGDOM RELATIONS, THE PERSONAL RECORDS DATABASE: FOR THE AUTHORITIES AND FOR YOU (June 2009), available at http://www.emmen.nl/fileadmin/files/www.emmen.nl/Tekstpaginas/Digitaal_L
oket/brochure_basisregistratie_personen_voor_burgers_engelstalig.pdf
.)

The proposal also calls for simplification of existing procedures; e.g., various documents such as birth certificates and GBA extracts would no longer have to be presented to the Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages (the Registrar) when registering a marriage, thereby saving time, money, and effort, given that these documents often must be obtained from different municipalities. (Press Release, supra.)

Under the proposed new system, those registering a marriage would simply electronically provide the data required by law, and the Registrar would check it with the GBA. If the Registrar has further questions or requires clarifications, he will contact the registrant. If the data is found to be correct, the marriage registrants can proceed to make an appointment for the traditional solemnization of the marriage. (Id.)

All Dutch government services requiring electronic identification use "DigiD" to prevent such abuses as identity fraud or improper use of personal data, and that system will also be used as the basis for the electronic registration process of births, deaths, and marriages. To ensure that the new electronic registration process is implemented "in a reliable, technically responsible manner," several pilot projects will first be carried out in 2010, with the e-services introduced alongside, not in place of, the customary municipal registration procedures. (Id.)

Author: Wendy Zeldin More by this author
Topic: Families More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Netherlands More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 03/26/2010