Applying for a new passport
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The procedure to be followed depends on the age of the person who needs a passport.
Children under the age of 6
1. Print and complete the passport application form for children under the age of 6.
2. Attach a colour passport photograph of the child to the form (no staples).
3. Send the application form and photograph to the consular post where the child is registered.
In some cases, the post may request certain additional documents before issuing the passport.
Adults and children over the age of 6
1. Print and complete the passport application form for adults and children over the age of 6.
2. Send this application form to the consular post where you (or the child) are registered (no photograph required). In some cases, the post may request certain additional documents.
3. Wait for your registration to be approved before making an appointment to provide your signature and biometric data, namely:
- A facial photograph at the consular post (from age 6). If you have a recent colour picture, please take it with you. We give priority to photographs taken on site but in exceptional circumstances a picture can be scanned)
- Digital fingerprints of 2 fingers (from age 12)
There are several places where you can go and provide your biometric data (see Other possibilities).
If you are not registered at a consular post...
Since June 15, 2014, the date of commencement of the Consular Code, you can no longer apply for an ordinary biometric passport (valid for 7 years, 5 years for minors) at a Belgian consular post abroad if you are not officially registered in one of them. If you are still registered in a Municipality in Belgium, you should contact that authority to obtain a biometric passport.
If necessary, you can still apply for a temporary passport (valid for up to one year) at a consular post abroad.