identification card

Belgian national identification card

All Belgians aged 12 and above are issued with a national identification card. Belgians 15 and above are required to always carry it with them unless they are within a 200 meter range of their homes. (Foreigners too must at all times be able to provide identification, either a passport, or an ID issued by the Belgian Government.)


Belgians aren't required to show their IDs unless dealing with:

  • Particular Governmental Agencies
  • The police
  • Authorised bus and train personnel


The card holds the following information:

  • Photograph
  • Names of the holder (Surname and two first given names. Initials of further given names)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Sex
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • ID card number, 12 digits in the form xxx-xxxxxxx-yy. yy is the remainder of the division of xxxxxxxxxx by 97.
  • Period of validity (normally 5 years)
  • Signature
  • Identification number of the National Register (each individual is issued unique number for administration purposes) This number consists of 11 digits of the form where yy-mm-dd is the birth date of the person.
  • Place of issue

If the holder wishes, the following info will also be mentioned on the card:

  • Marital status

Before 2005 the ID did not contain a chip and the address of the holder was printed on the card. Currently this is only written on the chip.

The ID card may be used as a form of identification when travelling within the EU. For most countries outside the EU, a Belgian citizen must ask for a passport.

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