Electronic identity card and Kids-ID

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Since mid-June 2021, all ID's issued by the EU member states need to posses two fingerprints, as stated in the European regulations.

Since the 21st of June 2021 you and your children (from the age of 6 or older) have to come in person to the Consulate to apply for your ID.

Consular services and all visa applications are by appointment only. Appointments must be made online

The Belgian embassies and career consulates issue electronic identity cards to Belgians who are listed in their population registers:

  • eID: electronic identity card for adults and children older than 12.
  • Kids-ID: electronic identity card for children younger than 12.

Do not confuse the Belgian identity card with the Belgian passport or with the residence card of your country of residence.

Note the difference between Belgian identity cards and residence documents, which may be issued by the country of residence. The validity and legal nature of these residence documents are generally limited to the territory of the country of residence.

The eID and Kids-ID are valid identity and travel documents for the member states of the European Union and for a few neighbouring countries. Hence, they will often be helpful - and even necessary - means for the holders to identify themselves.

For numerous countries a passport is required as an eID is not sufficient.