Every Belgian citizen registered at an Embassy or consulate and who is aged 12+ must apply for an identity card. For children under 12 years of age (Kids-ID), this is not compulsory The newest generation of Belgian identity cards has an electronic chip ( hence the name “eID”) that contains the data of the person, (the address is not mentioned, only "Tokyo, Japan"). The holder of an eID has the right to check these data.
Identity card without an electronic chip that have been previously issued by embassies and consulates abroad lost their validity as of December the 31st 2014. Applications for an eID can be sent by postal mail to the Embassy in Tokyo. It takes around 6 weeks to deliver an eID. The application has to include all documents listed below as well as any other document needed for the update of your administrative file. The validity of eID’s delivered since March the 1st 2014 are:
- 3 years for children under 12 years of age (Kids-ID). Even if the kid is older than 12 years (e.g. if an ID was issued at 11 years, it will stay valid until the child is 14 years)
- 6 years for persons between 12 and 18 years old
- 10 years for persons between 18 and 75 years old
- 30 years for persons older than 75
Maybe you still have an eID that was issued by the city administration while living in Belgium. If you moved out of Belgium since the Autumn of 2008 and, at that time, you had notified your departure to the city administration, then your eID should normally still be valid till the expiry date. You can check the validity of your eID on www.checkdoc.be.
- The use of an eID
- How to file your application for an eID
CARD READERS FOR BELGIAN ID CARDS
The Belgian ID card readers that we have in our Embassy are on our keyboard. Unfortunately, for security reasons, it is not possible to give you access to our ICT equipment.
You can purchase an eID card reader in almost all stores or online web shops that sell computers, multimedia or electrical equipment. For example, you can check with Amazon whether they sell a compatible reader for Belgian identity cards.
The card readers that some banks offer for internet banking can also be used as an eID card reader (https://sma-help.fedict.belgium.be/en/faq/125#6450).
Another possibility is to request a “token” at www.taxonweb.be.