Nationality certificates

Where can you request a nationality certificate in your name?

If your principal residence is in Belgium (with registration in the population register), the municipal services are authorised to issue a nationality certificate.

If your principal residence is abroad, the consular offices where you are registered in the consular population register are authorised to issue you with a nationality certificate.

If you are not registered in the population registers of a Belgian municipality or a Belgian consular office, there is no authorised body that can issue a nationality certificate in your name.


Who can obtain a consular nationality certificate in your name?

In line with article 45 of the Civil Code, the following persons and bodies may obtain a consular nationality certificate in your name:

  • you, as the person whose name is on the certificate,
  • your spouse,
  • your legal representative,
  • your blood relatives (ascending or descending lines), 
  • the notary and lawyer of the aforementioned,
  • all Belgian public authorities.

(A consular nationality certificate may also be issued to the surviving spouse and the successors).