New ID cards to be valid for 10 years

The Federal Cabinet approved two royal decrees on Friday about the length of time electronic identity cards are valid. The first decree extend the time that an identity card remains valid from 5 to 10 years. The second decree means that in future the identity cards given to children at the age of 12 will be valid for 6 years instead of the current 10.

Identity cards issued to people older than 75 will be valid for 30 years. The new rules will come into force from 1 March.

The Federal Cabinet approved two royal decrees on Friday about the length of time electronic identity cards are valid. The first decree extend the time that an identity card remains valid from 5 to 10 years.

The Federal Cabinet approved two royal decrees on Friday about the length of time electronic identity cards are valid. The first decree extend the time that an identity card remains valid from 5 to 10 years.

This means that people will only have to go to the Town Hall for an identity card once every ten years. This constitutes not only a time saving but also means that you will only have to pay for an identity card once a decade rather than every 5 years as is currently the case.

The Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet (Francophone Christian democrat) told journalists that the new system will save local authorities money.

Ms Milquet added that although the identity cards for the over 75's will be valid for 30 years; the paperwork that accompanies the cards will need to be renewed every 10 years