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Register in the commune or not?

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Hi all,
I need to clarify something please....
I have heard from a few people that there is no real obligation to register in your local commune? Is this the case? I mean an EU citizen can use their passport for example and I do know of one person who just does not want to hand in their own ID card from their country and just registered with their passport.
Thanks !

anon

....... "no real obligation to register in your local commune? Is this the case?"

No it is not the case at all.

If you intend to reside in Belgium you have to register. It is the law.

Sep 11, 2018 15:23
J

If you don't register, you won't get a national number, and therefore you won't be able to work, as you're not in the tax system.
The ID card or passport from "another country" has nothing to do with Belgium.

Sep 11, 2018 17:41
socrate

Even Belgian citizens have to register.

Sep 11, 2018 18:04
becasse

You have no choice, Belgian law requires that if you start living at an address in Belgium, with the intention of staying in Belgium for three months or more, you have to commence the registration process at your local commune within 8 days. Failure to register is an offence and can result in very considerable fines, not least because you will be seen as a tax evader.
The requirement doesn't contravene the EU freedom of movement rules because it applies equally to Belgian citizens, although EU citizens can, if they wish (and are stupid), decline to have a Belgian "E" eID card. Note that if you don't have an eID card you must carry your passport (or the ID card of another state) at all times.

Sep 11, 2018 21:21
wezembeekwanderer

You need to register if you plan to reside or work here. Otherwise you remain a visiting tourist.

Sep 12, 2018 23:41