Gender reassignment is an important step for transgender people seeking recognition of their gender identity. In Belgium, the Brussels-Capital region offers a procedure for changing the sex registration on identity cards.
To change the sex registration in the Brussels-Capital Region, here are the steps to follow:
- Make an appointment with the commune where you are registered in the Brussels-Capital Region.
- Prepare the documents you need to prove your identity, nationality and gender reassignment request. These documents may vary depending on your personal situation. In general, you will need to provide a valid identity document, a medical certificate attesting to a sex change, and possibly a judicial or administrative decision.
- Go to your appointment in person and give the documents to the local authority official responsible for the procedure. He or she will explain the steps to be taken and provide you with a form to fill in.
- Fill in the form and sign it. You will need to provide details of your new identity, including gender.
- The form will be sent to the local authority's Population Department, which will examine your request. If it is accepted, the change will be registered and your new identity card will be issued.
Rates and processing times may vary from one commune to another in the Brussels-Capital Region, but in general, changing the gender on an identity card is free of charge in Belgium. The time taken to process a gender reassignment request may vary depending on the municipality and the complexity of your case. In general, it takes around 3 to 6 weeks to obtain a new identity card.
Note that the exact procedures may vary depending on your individual situation. For example, if you are a minor, you will need to obtain the consent of your parents or legal guardians. If you are a foreign national, you will need to provide additional documents to prove your identity and residency status. We recommend that you contact your local council for information specific to your situation.
For more information, please consult the following websites:
Links, forms en documents
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There are 19 municipalities in the Brussels-Capital Region. You will find the contact details of these municipalities on this page:
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