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Ministry: Residence books to be phased out
The Saigon Times Daily
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Ministry: Residence books to be phased out

The Saigon Times Daily

HANOI – The Government will be phasing out household registration books, instead of doing away with them immediately, the Ministry of Public Security said at a press conference in Hanoi City on November 7.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc signed Resolution No.112 on October 30 simplifying administrative procedures by removing the current paper-based household registration books and ID cards. Citizens will be issued national identity numbers instead, according to the resolution with immediate effect.

Household registration books and ID cards have long been used by authorities as a means of tracking citizens, and permanent and temporary residents.

Lieutenant General Tran Van Ve, acting director of the ministry’s General Police Department, told assembled reporters that many ministries and agencies are currently in charge of resident management.

That citizens are obliged to provide multiple documents to deal with administrative procedures is troublesome, he said. Therefore, the Government has approved a scheme proposed by the ministry to streamline administrative paperwork related to resident management.

The National Assembly has asked the ministry to develop a national database of citizens to facilitate State management. The database will help simplify administrative procedures, save time and money for residents, and prevent management from overlapping among State agencies.

Instead of bringing their transcripts, certificates, diplomas or other documents to State agencies, individuals would just need a national identity number.

Lieutenant General Ve stressed resident management will no longer rely on the current household registration system but information technology.

Residents will be asked to provide relevant information for the national database. Once all their details are properly restored, household registration books will be completely abolished.

Ve said ID cards would not be abolished but the current paper-based nine-digit version of the card would be replaced by the plastic one with 12 digits.

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