4. Declaration of birth
New parents declare their child together, whenever and wherever they want. Even from the maternity bed, whether in hospital or at home. If one of the parents registers with DigiD, the e-service automatically shows the partner's details as well. And it thinks along with them: are they married? Do they already have a child? Is there a deed of name selection? The service only asks the questions that are relevant to their specific situation. Mistakes are impossible. Moreover, Centric's civil affairs application automatically creates a file for the civil registry. Handy!
5. Arrange your marriage or partnership
For two people who want to seal their relationship, registering their marriage or partnership is a special moment. How nice is it if they can do it at their own place and time? They set the date, time, and location for the ceremony online. And possibly their preference for an extraordinary registrar. Is there already a notification of intended marriage or partnership? Do they want a wedding booklet and red carpet? They pay these and the fees directly online.
6. Request an extract
Citizens no longer have to visit their town hall to request an extract from the Personal Records Database. You can now order such an extract on the municipality's website. The municipality decides which extracts are available online, so the content and price may vary from one municipality to another. As a citizen, you choose how you want to receive the extract and you pay by iDEAL or credit card. The e-service checks whether the applicant may indeed request the extract. And municipalities can process the extract 100% automatically, as the citizen's details no longer need to be looked up or retyped.
7. Request a voting pass
In elections, it can sometimes be convenient to vote in another municipality. With the voting pass application service, you can easily apply for a voting pass online. Has your voting pass been lost? If so, a replacement is easily arranged. Just log in with DigiD, enter a different delivery address if required - and you're done. Are you unable to vote yourself and do you want to authorise your partner, child, or neighbour? Then arrange this via the e-service for requesting a proxy voting pass. You only have to go out to vote!
8. Apply for assistance for the self-employed (Bbz)
The municipality is also there for entrepreneurs, of course, and they too benefit from online services. For example, self-employed people with financial problems. Entrepreneurs who want to apply for assistance through the (Dutch) Bbz assistance scheme, can now submit their application digitally themselves. 24/7, wherever they are and from any device. As an entrepreneur, you quickly have clarity about your application and the municipality saves money, because external consultancies for the credit assessment are needed less often. And, very importantly: every application is handled in exactly the same way, ensuring that decisions are always consistent and objective.
More digital self-services
This list could have been much longer. These eight digital counters are just a small sample of the extensive range of available online self-services. Nowadays, municipalities have at their disposal a wide range of e-services to serve their citizens – or rather, to enable citizens to serve themselves!