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Dear Dinesh,
I just recently moved to Belgium with my spouse and we are in the process of getting registered with the commune. As we understand, once we receive our PUK/PIN codes, we need to bring them to the commune to get our IDs, then need to hand in our driver's license at the same time to process the exchange for a Belgian license. We were told this process takes a few weeks. Are they going to issue us temporary licenses that we can use while they are processing the exchange, and would this temp licenses be valid for driving around Belgium and nearby countries ? We were planning to drive around and outside Belgium i.e. Netherlands, France, Luxembourg during the holidays.
Another option we are thinking is we get our IDs, but we do not hand in our driver's licenses until January when we are back. This way we have our foreign licenses to use util then. Is this a valid option?

Thanks in advance for your input.

by Chris on 10 Dec 2015
Dinesh Krishnan

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Another option we are thinking is we get our IDs, but we do not hand in our driver's licenses until January when we are back. This way we have our foreign licenses to use util then. Is this a valid option?

This is an option. However it is better to carry by BE License by a BE residence to avoid complications in EU countries which may have much restriction on foreign licensees usage by EU residence .
It takes 2 or 3 weeks maximum for the you town hall to issue you the BE licenses (subject to your current foreign license is accepted for a direct exchange), you can pay a fee and ask for earlier processing normally.

by Dinesh Krishnan on 11 Dec 2015

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