All Belgians over 12 years old whose main domicile is abroad and who are listed in the population register kept by the Embassy must apply for a Belgian identity card. These eID's are valid for 5 years and remain valid if you move to an area falling under the jurisdiction of a different Embassy or Consulate or return to Belgium. Moreover, most eID's of Belgian nationals who have moved abroad since August 2008 and who registered their move with their local authority will also have remained valid. Cards’ validity can be checked on the website https://www.checkdoc.be/.
The eID is equipped with ‘certificates’ which make enable holders to identify themselves and give their consent securely over the Internet in an internationally accepted manner (i.e. a digital signature). For the moment, the activation of these certificates is not possible with the Embassy in Singapore. You can nevertheless activate the certificates on an eID delivered in Singapore in any Belgian municipality or one of the following diplomatic posts: Alicante, Barcelona, Berlin, Bern, Geneva, The Hague, Cologne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Marseilles, Paris, Strasbourg and Tenerife. You must go in person for this purpose and be in possession of the PUK-code which you will have received together with your eID.
For more information about eID cards, see:
To apply for an eID
Please submit the following at the Embassy:
- 1 application form (available in French or Dutch)
- 2 recent passport photographs
- cash payment (click here for the list of Consular Fees)
- If you are applying because of the loss or theft of your current identity card, you must show the original police report declaring the loss or theft.
Note: Photographs must meet the requirements stipulated on the official website (available in French and Dutch).
Your application will be processed as soon as your form and photos have been submitted and the relevant payment has been made to the Embassy. Processing time is approximately 1 month. You will be notified by email once your eID is ready for collection.