Birth certificate

The birth certificate is a certificate issued by a Civil Status officer which proves the birth of a child.

Coronavirus measures: only online applications

  • via MyBXL
  • in case of absolute necessity: at the counter and by appointment on 02 279 62 10

It is established at the end of the birth declaration, which must be made within 15 calendar days from the date of birth.

The birth certificate is often necessary during administrative procedures, such as a civil marriage, a nationality request, a change of name or first name, a divorce, a passport request,...


The requested document must have been drawn up or transcribed in Belgium, or filed with the Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs before 2004.

How to apply?

  • Online via MyBXL: for a certificate for yourself or your child
  • By e-mail (with a copy of your ID card, the type of certificate you want and/or a mandate if necessary):
  • By letter
  • At the counter of the Administrative Centre of the City of Brussels or the Liaison Offices of Laeken and Neder-Over-Heembeek

Required documents

ID document (+ mandate and a copy of the identity document of the person concerned if the application is made by a third party)


  • Free
  • 20 euros to be paid to the FPS Foreign Affairs for the legalization if the document is to be used abroad (outside the European Union)

Waiting period

If the certificate is to serve in Belgium:

  • immediately via MyBXL (unless the document has not yet been digitized in the Civil Status Acts Database (BAEC))
  • immediately at the counter
  • 5 working days for a request by e-mail

If the certificate is to serve abroad (outside the member states of the European Union):

  • 5 working days via MyBXL and at the counter
  • 7 working days for a request by e-mail

If the certificate has been submitted to the FPS Foreign Affairs before 2004:

  • 10 working days