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# About .beID
.beID is the Belgian electronic identity card, which can be used for authentication and signing.
# Key features
- It produces trusted identities verified by the Belgian government.
- Signatures that use .beID are classified as Qualified Electronic Signatures (QES).
The card is issued by the Belgian government and is available for citizens over 12 years old. For children below 12, a version without the signing function is available (known as Kids-ID). There is also a version for foreign residents. The card is widely used in Belgium: In 2012, 99% of Belgian citizens over the age of 12 had the card. In 2018 it was estimated that it was being actively used for online authentication by approximately 5 million unique users.
The following user attributes can be retrieved via the .beID method:
- First two given names and surname
- Place of birth
- Card issuing information
- Card validity date
- Card number
- National identity number (RRN)
- Card type
- Main address of the cardholder (to be updated by the cardholder on change of address)
Use of the Belgian RRN (national identity number) is subject to specific legislation. For certain uses, you must obtain specific authorisation by FOD/SPF IBZ. For more details, refer to the applicable laws (for example, this one (opens new window) or other updated, applicable laws).
Holders of a .beID card can use it to log into the website of a service provider that supports this method. The screenshots below show the user experience during the process of authentication.
# Electronic signatures
The .beID card also allows end-users to sign documents electronically through third-party signing. The signature that is produced in this process is a Qualified Electronic Signature (QES), which has the same legal validity as a traditional handwritten signature on paper. The screenshots below show the user experience during the process of signing a document.
# Other sources
- .beID website (opens new window)
- .beID information on the Belgian government website (opens new window)
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