The provision of a (registered) letter post service which is part of the universal service requires a licence issued by the BIPT. 

The application for a licence must be sent to the BIPT by registered mail based on the licence form.

The postal license granting terms have to be fulfilled for the entire duration of the licence.

In addition the licence holder is subject to the following obligations:

  • ensuring the regularity and reliability of postal services; if the service is discontinued or stopped, the provider must inform the Institute at once and the users as soon as possible;
  • regularly inform the Institute, the users and postal service providers of the prices, quality standards and features of the services provided;
  • payment of a regulatory contribution to finance BIPT’s operations (Licensees whose turnover on the Belgian postal market is equal to or lower than EUR 500,000 are exempt from payment of the contribution);
  • as for employment, each person carrying out activities subject to licence is deemed to be employed through an employment contract.

For your information, Article 6 of the Postal Act of 26 January 2018 and Title 3 of the Royal Decree of 14 March 2022 lay down the rules relating to the licence.

If you have any questions regarding postal regulations, please contact the BIPT at

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