Residence permit

To receive a National ID number you will have to register your address in Belgium.

The registration process can vary depending on the city and commune so you should check their website to see what documents you will need to take with you.

Please, be aware that a local police officer will come to check that you live at the address you have given at your registration. Therefore, it is important to clearly label your doorbell and letterbox with your name.

  • In Brussels
    In Brussels you will have to register at the foreigners office of your local authority (commune), which is on your post code (i.e. 1050 is Ixelles, 1060 is Saint-Gilles, 1000 is Brussels).

    You need to register within 8 days on moving to your permanent address. We recommend that you make an appointment over the phone or online as soon as you have your permanent address. For opening timings, please refer to the website of your commune once you know the permanent address for your stay.

  • In Ghent
    All students staying in Ghent have to report to the “Foreigners Registration Office” of the City of Ghent within 8 working days after arrival (even if you didn’t find accommodation yet). Once registered, a police officer will pass by your room/apartment to check the address given.

    Foreigners Office “Het Zuid”
    Woodrow Wilsonplein - Ghent
    Counter 3 and 4

  • In Leuven
    All foreign students, staying in Leuven, have to report to the “Foreigners Registration Office” of the City of Leuven within 8 working days after arrival. Once registered, a police officer will pass by your “kot”/ apartment to check the address given.

    Foreigners’ Office Leuven - City Hall
    Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1
    3000 Leuven

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