Registering the birth

Your baby's birth must be registered within 15 calendar days at the commune in which they were born, not the commune in which you live. For example, if your baby was born in Ixelles hospital, but you live in Schaerbeek, you need to register the birth in Ixelles. In some communes, you can also register the birth at the hospital itself.

In this section you can find out about:

  • practical aspects of registration, e.g. who can register a baby, which documents you will need to bring

  • rules about names - while the Belgian government doesn’t interfere too much in how you name your child, there are a few things to take into consideration.