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:
- Names of the holder (Surname and two first given names. Initials of further given names)
- Date and place of birth
- 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)
- Identification number of the National Register (each individual is issued unique number for administration purposes) This number consists of 11 digits of the form yy.mm.dd-xxx.xx 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:
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.