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New household certificate to be launched on Feb. 5

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of the Interior's (MOI) new household certificate will be in use starting Feb. 5, a convenience that would save people additional trips to household registration centers as the certificate would double as a household certificate transcript.

The current horizontal format household certificate has been used for 18 years; the MOI recently altered the design to a portrait format certificate with horizontal writing and single-sided printing. It is not mandatory for people to replace their household certificates with the new version, but if the contents require a change, the MOI will issue a new household certificate in the new format.

The new household certificate has a few new features, including how people who are not residing in the same house may be listed, additional security features with dedicated tally impression, flower pressing and the digital watermark from the issuing authority — all of which allow the new household certificate to replace the household certificate transcript.

In addition, the new household certificate is examined by the Department of Household Registration via the MOI online inspection system, which allows other departments to synchronize online household certificate data.

For people wishing to register any changes on their household certificates, household certificate renewal should be applied beforehand, with the head of the household as the applicant. The head of the household can then bring personally or entrust someone to bring his/her ID card, along with the person's own ID and a delegation of authority letter to a household registration office.

Deputy Interior Minister Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家淇) stated that the new household certificates are more simple than the previous version, and that changes can be made easily.

According to the MOI, people in Taiwan apply for roughly 2,500 household certificate transcripts each year, a number which would be reduced with the launch of the new certificates.

People are allowed to make photocopies of their household certificates and save the NT$15 for each household certificate transcript application, said Hsiao. The new system will be applied to civil servants first; the government will not be providing the traditional household certificate transcript if people are applying for the new certificates.

There will be a serial number stamped on each new household certificate issued, and people will be able to check the number online in order to make sure that their copy is legitimate and look up previous alterations, said Hsiao.

In order to carry out the system change, the MOI will not be processing household registration applications starting from 5 p.m. on Jan. 28 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 4.

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