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Identity card applications in Montreal


In accordance with European regulations, all identity cards issued by EU Member States will soon have to contain the fingerprints of both index fingers.

The procedure for requesting an electronic identity card or a Kids-ID (if your child is 6 years old or over) will be updated to that end during the month of June 2021. It will therefore no longer be possible to request an eID by post and you will need to make an appointment to go in person to the Consulate general in Montreal in order to register your biometric data.

We will continue to accept identity card application forms by post until June 11, 2021 (date of receipt of documents at the Consulate general). Requests which reach us after this date will not be accepted.

Our website will soon be updated with information regarding this new procedure.

Please note: your current identity card remains valid until its expiration date.

Where and how to apply for an eID?

1. You need to be be registered with this Consulate General in Montreal.

2. You need to complete the application form either in Dutch or in French. The photos you supply must meet certain requirements (see explanations in Dutch or in French).

3. Cost: 32 CAD.

4. To submit your application, you do not need to come to the Consulate General or make an appointment. You can send your application by post. To do this, you must send the following documents to the Consulate General in Montreal:

  • The completed and signed application form (filled out on a computer, or in capital letters and black ink);
  • Two recent passport photos;
  • The actual expired identity card OR a photocopy of your current identity card or passport;
  • A Postal Money Order or a certified cheque for 32 CAD - made out to the Consulate General of Belgium in Montreal (PLEASE NOTE: personal cheques are not accepted);
  • Recent proof of residence (electricity, gas, water or internet bill, lease contract, front/back Canadian driver’s license, etc.);
  • Proof of your status in Canada (certificate of Canadian citizenship, front/back of your Permanent Resident Card, work permit, study visa, etc.);
  • A prepaid registered envelope (Xpresspost regional or national, UPS, FedEx, Purolator…) , addressed to yourself, should you wish to receive your new ID-card by post (you can also come and pick it up at the Consulate General).

5. The processing time to obtain a new identity card is around 4 weeks.

Activating your eID

Should you wish to activate your eID, your presence at the Consulate is compulsory. This operation is only done by appointment.

More information on the electronic identity card for Belgians abroad.