Belgian eID (.beID)

.beID is the Belgian electronic identity card, which can be used for authentication.

For information on how to configure you iDIN connection, click here.

About .beID

The Belgian eID (.beID) is the card is issued by the Belgian government and is available for citizens over 12 years old. For children below 12, a version without the signing function is available (known as Kids-ID). There is also a version for foreign residents. The card is widely used in Belgium: In 2012, 99% of Belgian citizens over the age of 12 had the card. In 2018 it was estimated that it was being actively used for online authentication by approximately 5 million unique users.

A USB smart card reader connected to a computer is necessary to use the card. End-users must also install the eaZyLink software to be able to use .beID. There are two PIN codes associated with the card, one for authentication and one for signing.

The following user attributes can be retrieved via the .beID method:

  • Given name(s)

  • Surname

  • National identity number (RRN)

Note

Use of the Belgian RRN (national identity number) is subject to specific legislation. For certain uses, the merchant must obtain specific authorisation by FOD/SPF IBZ. For more details, refer to the applicable laws (for example, this one (opens new window) or other updated, applicable laws).

Compatibility

Most standard USB card readers can be used to read the .beID card, as long as they are labelled “PC/SC compliant” and the corresponding driver is installed. The eaZyLink software has desktop support for Windows and Mac OSX operating systems.

For supported browsers, see the .beID site.

Authentication

Holders of a .beID card can use it to log into the website of a service provider that supports this method. The screenshots below show the user experience during the process of authentication.

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Integration Through Signicat

Web integration with .beID is done via the same API as Signicat's other ID methods. See Authentication Providers in the Identity Broker for more information on how to configure it. Through the single point of integration, merchants get access to Signicat's wide portfolio of integrated ID methods, as well as other services like identity verification.

How to Get Started with .beID

If you want to start using .beID through Signicat, contact Signicat and our sales team will guide you through the process. Alternatively, you can request a free trial.

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