Identification Card

General Information

The new electronic identification card has the format of a bank card. It contains an electronic chip, which is why it is also linked to a secret code, just like a bank card. This chip and this code will allow you to prove your identity and nationality, and also to give an “e-signature.”
Your new identification card will allow you to obtain or to fill out a series of official documents on your computer over the internet, for example: your tax declaration, your license plate. It will even allow you to sell or buy online in full security. All you need to do is to download the programs and to purchase an identification card reader from a computer store.

For more information: www.ibz.rrn.fgov.be  
                         www.eid.belgium.be


In Belgium, the identification card is mandatory for people 12 and older.
People 15 years and older are always required to carry their identification card on them.

 

Belgians and foreigners

Come to the office with:

- an identification photo on a white background
- 15 Euros (20 Euros if it is a duplicate card)

Around 3 weeks later, you will receive a letter that contains your secret personal codes: a PIN code and a PUK code.
You may then return to your municipal administration, bearing this letter, in order to activate and to receive your card. You may replace the PIN code with a code of your choice.
If you lose your codes, you should contact the municipal administration.
If you lose your identification card, you should make a police declaration. One week later, you should come to the population office of your municipality to get a new identification card.

The card is valid for 5 years.


 

The card for foreigners

This new electronic card for foreigners replaces the former temporary residency permit for foreigners coming from an E.U. member state and for non-European foreigners. In this way, people of another nationality also have access to all government applications and they can also electronically sign identification documents.

Kids-ID (for Belgians)

This piece of identification is only for children under 12 years of age.

 

It replaces the “carte blanche” that children need to go abroad. It is valid for all trips in Europe and in certain non-European countries.
However, the Kids-ID is more than a simple identification card. Thanks to the chip and to the PIN code, children can chat in full security on the internet. Moreover, the card can also act as a library card, a pool membership card, or a membership card for a sports club. It can also be used for school registration.
A parent or guardian must come to the office, whether or not they are accompanied by the child. They must bring:

- an identification photo of the child, on a white background
3 Euros

 

After receiving the codes (around 3 weeks later), you must come to the municipal administration in order to activate and to receive the identification card.


If you lose your codes, come to the municipal administration.
If you lose your identification card, you should make a police declaration. One week later, you should come to the population office of your municipality to get a new identification card.
The card is valid for 3 years.

 

The “carte blanche” - up to 12 years of age (for non-Belgians)

 

This identification document applies only for children under 12 years of age who are non-Belgian Europeans or who are non-Europeans.
A parent or guardian should come to the office, whether or not they are accompanied by the child. He or she should bring:
- an identification photo of the child, on a white background
- 1.25 Euros
The card is valid for 2 years

 

NOTICE TO PARENTS

With the approach of end-of-year vacations and increased departure abroad of children under 12 years of age, it is advisable to remember in which cases a provisional identification certificate for children under 12 years of age may be issued.
An application for a provisional identification certificate for a child under 12 years of age may be obtained at the municipal administration by a person exercising parental authority over the child, motivated by the imminence of a trip abroad. This request must be signed by the petitioner and by the Officer of the Civil Registry or by his delegate.

In which cases?

A) In the case of loss, theft, or destruction of a Kids-ID in the days immediately preceding a trip abroad, particularly to a country for which a passport is not required, any child under 12 years of age who does not hold a valid passport may obtain a provisional identity certificate if he or she requests one.

NO provisional identification certificate may be issued:
- If the lost, stolen, or destroyed Kids-ID is expired.

B) Other cases: - Recent acquisition of Belgian citizenship
- Recent registration in a Belgian municipality after a stay abroad (child removed from the population registry from abroad or never having been registered in Belgium)
- Recent re-entry in the population registry after removal without consultation
- Change of first or last name
- Change of parental authority
- Kids-ID expired (after 3 years) in the course of production
- first Kids-ID is in the course of production

In the last 2 cases, NO provisional identification certificate may be issued:


- If the child’s parents did not take the necessary steps to obtain a Kids-ID at least 15 days before the request for the provisional identification certificate. This 15-day period will be applied as of January 15, 2010.


                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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