A decision on whether citizens can apply for ID cards via videoconference will be announced by the end of the month, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday.
Hsieh Ai-ling (謝愛齡), head of the ministry’s Department of Household Registration, said the ministry has been assessing the issue since last year.
“The idea of applying for ID cards via videoconference rather than in person has been the subject of intense study,” Hsieh said.
She was responding to media reports that the New Taipei City (新北市) Government and the Kinmen County Government would jointly handle matters related to household registration via videoconference starting in August, which would be the nation’s first virtual registration mechanism if approved by the central government.
Should the proposal be approved, more than 30,000 people registered in Kinmen who live in New Taipei City will not have to return to the location where their household is registered to apply for first-time and replacement ID cards, or to handle other matters, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce or change of name registration.
This would save the Kinmen citizens about NT$3,000 in travel expenses and at least one day of travel time between the outlying island and Taiwan proper.
Under current regulations, the Household Registration Act (戶籍法) stipulates that those who apply for their first-time and replacement ID cards must do so in person where their household is registered.