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An identity card for children under 12 or Kids-ID is valid for 3 years, even if they move to another consular post or to Belgium. It loses its validity if it is reported lost or stolen, or if the photo no longer resembles the holder.
How to request one?
Since 21 June 2021, a parent and his/her child (aged 6 or older) must come to the consulate in person and by appointment for a Kids-ID. The cost price (without shipping costs) is 10 euros. Post or e-mail a completed appointment form to the consulate in advance. For children under the age of 6, you can request the Kids-ID from the consulate by post.
You can also request a Kids-ID (in person, i.e. the child accompanied by their parents) from the Belgian municipality where you were last registered. If you were born in Belgium but have never lived there, you can contact your Belgian municipality of birth. If you are a Belgian national, but you have never lived in Belgium or even been born there, you can apply for the Kids-ID in any Belgian municipality.
For applications in the municipality, take into account a higher cost, around 100 euros. The municipality will receive the card and the PUK code no later than 2 working days later. You can then activate the card immediately with the municipality.
As a parent, you can activate your child's Kids-ID at a consulate abroad or in a Belgian municipality as long as your child is not yet 12 years old. Your child does not need to be present.
The ‘certificates’ for a Kids-ID can no longer be activated for children younger than 12 years old. This can be done with children 12 years of age or older, but only in their presence. They need to insert the card into the card reader and enter the PUK code themselves. Once the certificates are activated, your child can access the Belgian authorities' online services, as long as they offer access for -18 year olds.
Handy: 'allo parents/hallo ouders (hello parents)’ service
The Kids-ID can help you find your child easily if they get lost. On the card, you will find a telephone number that can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any person who encounters your child can then easily contact you or a confidant. All the necessary information can be found at allo parents/hallo ouders.