Electronic identity card and Kids-ID

Information on the electronic identity card and Kids-ID.

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According to European rules, all identity cards issued by EU member states must contain the fingerprints of 2 (index) fingers at the latest from mid-2021 onwards.

From Monday 21 June 2021 onwards, you (for your e-ID) and/or your child (for the Kids-ID, if the child is 6 or older) will have to come to the consulate in Abuja in person (by appointment only). 


The Belgian embassies and career consulates issue electronic identity cards to Belgians who are listed in their population registers:

Do not confuse the Belgian identity card with the Belgian passport or with the residence card of your country of residence

Note the difference between Belgian identity cards and residence documents, which may be issued by the country of residence. The validity and legal nature of these residence documents are generally limited to the territory of the country of residence.

The eID and Kids-ID are valid identity and travel documents for the member states of the European Union and for a few neighbouring countries. Hence, they will often be helpful - and even necessary - means for the holders to identify themselves.

For numerous countries a passport is required as an eID is not sufficient.