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PhD Title on a Belgium passport/ID Card


Hi All,

I know in some countries e.g. Germany it is possible to add your academic PhD title on the ID card or passport. Does this also apply for the Belgium too? Having an Engeenering PhD from a Belgium University as well as a Belgium Citizenship. Thanks!

Best regards


Belgian eIDs do not show titles. If your officially registered family name or forename(s) happens to be PhD, then it will appear on your card, otherwise it won't.
The only way round this would be to have PhD tattooed on your forehead and then, next time your card is renewed, it will show that you are a PhD, aka a prat.

Nov 5, 2018 10:46

@Becasse, if hamopipa got "PhD" tattooed on their forehead, couldn't they also at the same time just "accidentally" lose their existing ID?

That way, a new one would need to be issued with a new photo? This would enable them to get around having to wait up to 10 years for their ID to be renewed?

Nov 5, 2018 15:56

What a brilliant idea, ANON, that way the OP could tell the rest of the world that he/she (probably unlikely to be a she) was a prat even sooner.

Nov 5, 2018 17:17

If I go on the way of thinking of hamopipa.

I have a ferrari, I would ask to the commune to put on my ID that I have a ferrari.

The way of thinking is similar to this.

It's make a non sense.

Nov 5, 2018 18:48

A non-judgemental...


Nov 6, 2018 00:48

Geez, it was an innocent question. I am not sure why there is a need to call the submitter a "prat" ???

It is common in many countries for the PhD title to be used on ID, credit cards, etc. However, in Belgium it is not used.

Nov 6, 2018 10:16

no...because when you come to Belgium you must leave your attitude back at think that because you have a PhD that you deserve some special respect or recognition, you need to "get a life" and understand that you are not the "brightest lightbulb on the block"

Nov 6, 2018 11:27

I have a PhD and I personally am quite proud of my personal achievement but I cringed a lot when I saw the OP posting this question. Sounds so douchey! Also this is how you spell engineering

Nov 6, 2018 14:09

How can you be this proud of a PHD in a subject you can't actually spell?

Nov 7, 2018 17:09