Identity card

Information on the electronic identity card and Kids-ID.

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

These eID and Kids-ID offer various benefits:

  1. Handy bank card size.
  2. Possibility to travel to more than 50 countries (more information in French or Dutch).
  3. Less expensive than a passport: 20 € for an eID, 10 € for a Kids-ID.
  4. Remains valid in case you move (to another career post, from or to Belgium).
  5. Allows certain secure actions over the Internet (if the certificates have been activated).

How do you apply for an identity card in Kenya?

Belgians resident in Kenya can apply for an identity card at the Embassy of Belgium in Nairobi. To do so, it is necessary to keep your file updated at all times.

Since 21 June 2021, fingerprints are required for new Electronic Identity Cards for adults and children older than 6 years of age. This requires an appointment to appear in person at your Embassy. Please fill out and bring the application forms for Adult eIDs and Kids eID. Applications for a Kids eID under 6 do not need fingerprints.

Please bring two recent passport photos and the proof of payment at the time of your appointment. Please consult the consular fees and the bank details.

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.