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  • 1 June 2012 : Veil and ID card photography

New general instructions for identity cards were distributed by Ministry of the Interior (SPF) on 1 June 2012. Under the heading “Photographs with headdress”, it reads : “For an undeniable religious or medical reason, a photograph where the head is covered may be accepted, provided that the face is fully visible, namely : the forehead, cheeks, eyes, nose and chin must be fully uncovered. It is advisable, but not compulsory, for hair and ears also to be clearly visible. This solution cannot be accepted without there being serious justification for doing so on the part of the citizen concerned.

Problems occasionally arise regarding photographs where the person is wearing a veil. It must be understood that the photograph must identify a person and that the face may not be partially hidden. If bona fide religious or medical reasons dictate, a photograph with a veil may be accepted, provided that the key elements of the face are visible, as specified in the preceding paragraph.”

Read the commentary by Louis-Léon Christians on the site of the Chair of Religious Law of the Catholic University of Leuven.

D 20 septembre 2012   

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