Why you should register
Having your name registered in the population register kept by a Belgian consulate or embassy abroad entitles you to benefit from the same services as those provided by municipal authorities in Belgium, i.e. the management of your administrative file. Registering allows the embassy or consulate to assist you more efficiently when issuing an identity card, issuing consular certificates (e.g. residence certificates, registration certificates, certificates of nationality, 'household composition' certificates, cohabitation etc.). You may also participate in some elections in Belgium (federal general elections, and European elections if you reside in an EU Member State).
By keeping your file up to date you will enable the embassy or consulate to help you more immediately, including in situations when you need emergency humanitarian aid (e.g. accidents, natural disasters, evacuations, and so on).
From 05/11/2020, the Belgian embassy in London offers the possibility to register online (in Dutch or French) in the consular population register.
You can access this website if you:
- are Belgian;
- you are not (no longer) registered in a Belgian municipality, because you have reported your departure abroad to this municipality
- have a valid and activated Belgian eID;
- know your PIN code and have a card reader.
Registration by post
It remains possible to register by post.
3. You must add the following documents:
- Most recent council tax bill OR most recent utility bill OR proof of registration on the electoral roll (only one set of documents per family is required)
- Copy of your passport or ID card (front and back)
- Only if you come directly from Belgium: proof that you were de-registered from the town hall (model 8). If need be, you can request the de-registration from the town hall with this form, either in Dutch or in French (form to be sent to the last town hall of registration in Belgium)
- Registration form as a voter.(see point 7)
4. If you have already acquired “pre-settled status” or “settled status” (https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families), please include this information in your registration package. This will allow us to add this information to your file. Kindly note that your registration does not depend on this element. If you arrive before 01/01/2021, you will need to acquire either “pre-settled status” or “settled status” before 30/06/2021, allowing you to stay lawfully in the UK after 2020. For people arriving after 31/12/2020, new UK immigration law will apply, and you will need to obtain a residence permit before entering the UK.
5. It is not necessary to attend the Embassy in person to register. Please send your documents by post to 'Population Department - Embassy of Belgium - 17 Grosvenor Crescent - London SW1X 7EE'
6. For the registration of a new-born child, see this link.
7. Registering with this Embassy means that you can participate in certain elections in Belgium (Federal parliamentary elections and elections for the European parliament). You can find relevant information and registration forms here: