You can apply for a certificate of manner of interment and/or ritual only if a last will and testament was registered.
The following parties may apply for the certificate in respect of yourself:
- your legal representative (e.g. a parent or guardian)
- special proxies, such as a notary or a lawyer
- third parties (e.g. public or private institutions) if the issuance of the certificate is required by law or pursuant to the law
- a third party, provided this person is in possession of a power of attorney from the applicant and of the latter’s identity card (or a copy thereof).
You may apply for the certificate of manner of interment and/or service with your municipality.
If you have an electronic identity card (eID), you can also consult, download and print the document:
- at 'My Dossier’(opens in new window) (Dutch: Mijn Dossier), the online application of the National Register
- at 'My Citizen Profile’(opens in new window) (Dutch: Mijn Burgerprofiel), the online application of the Flemish public administration
- the e-desk of your municipality.
Any other parties can apply for the certificate only directly from the Civil Affairs Office (Dutch: dienst Burgerzaken).
If you are collecting the certificate yourself:
- your own identity card or residence permit.
If you are applying for the certificate on behalf of someone else:
- a power of attorney signed by the person concerned and a copy of their identity card
- your own identity card.
Decree of 16 January 2004 on cemeteries, burial and cremation