Change of forename certificate

The Civil Status officer may authorize the change of first names. This change is established in a change of forename certificate.

Coronavirus measures: only online applications

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

The certificate of forename change is a document issued by an Official of the Civil Registry that proves the name change.

This certificate is drawn up after a procedure before the Federal Public Service Justice, after the publication of a Royal Decree authorizing the name change.


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
  • 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