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).