Foreign certificates and judgments

If you want to register a foreign certificate (deed) or judgment in the National Register, you must make an appointment with the Foreign Certificates Service (only for persons registered in the population register - Belgian cards, residence permits E+, F+, C, D).

Coronavirus measures: the counters of the Change of Civil Status Service are open from Monday to Friday, by appointment only. Call the service or send an e-mail before making an appointment. If the situation does not allow it, this prevents you from getting to the counter unnecessarily.

The service is available:

The relevant certificates are:

  • foreign marriage certificates or foreign decisions of divorce
  • foreign birth certificates for the recognition of children
  • any foreign certificate or judgment changing the personal status (for example: a certificate of name change, a change of a date of birth,...)

Please note: an appointment with the Population Service is required in the following cases:

  • the registration of the birth certificate of a child born abroad
  • removal from the National Register of a member of the family who died abroad (with a foreign death certificate)

Please note: you must go to the Foreigners' Office if you are registered in the foreigners' register.

How to apply?

Only by appointment:

Required documents

  • ID card
  • Original certificate or judgment (legalized or with an apostille)
  • Translation of the submitted documents by a sworn translator if the certificate or judgment is not in French or Dutch
  • Documents required in accordance with Article 327/2 of the Civil Code for the recognition of a child born abroad

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