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Directions Applying for a Uniform ID Number as a Non-Citizen (i.e. Foreign Nationals, ROC Nationals without Household Registration, People from Mainland China Area, or Hong Kong and Macau Area Residents)(Serial No. 0910)

  • Source:National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior
  • Date:2009/12/31
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I. Where to apply: local National Immigration Agency (NIA) service centers
II.Required documents:
A.
For Foreign Nationals:

1.Already entered Taiwan:

 a.Application Form;

 b.Original and a copy of the passport, the original is returned upon verification;

 c.Applying by a third party proxy (not necessary if applying by yourself):

  1)A statement of authorization (or fill out the “authorization declaration” directly on the application form);

  2)Identification documents of the authorized agent: National ID Card, resident certificate, or passport, etc.

2.Have not entered Taiwan:

 a.Application Form;

 b.A authorization statement for this application validated by an overseas ROC office. (The statement must note the purpose of authorization as “applying Uniform ID Number”)
*The applicant’s signature must correspond with the one on the passport.

 c.A copy of the passport has to be verified by the ROC representative offices abroad.

 d.Identification documents of the authorized agent: National ID Card, resident certificate, or passport, etc.
B.
For ROC Nationals without Household Registration, People from Mainland China Area, Hong Kong and Macau Area Residents:

1.Already entered Taiwan:

 a.Application form; however, the Overseas Chinese Student applying through his/her school does not have to submit an application form;

 b.Original and a copy of the related identification document (the original is returned upon verification):

  1)ROC Nationals without Household Registration: entry permit issued by the NIA, or the ROC passport and the temporary entry permit.

  2)People from Mainland China Area: entry permit issued by the NIA.

  3)Hong Kong and Macau Area Residents: entry permit issued by the NIA.
(Note: Those holding “Temporary Entry Notice” must have a document attached with holder’s photo.)

 c.Application by a third party proxy (not necessary if applying by the applicant’s own self):

  1)A statement of authorization (or fill out the “authorization declaration” directly on the application form);

  2)Identification documents of the authorized agent: National ID Card, resident certificate, or passport, etc.

 d.Hong Kong and Macau Area Residents entering for the first time with a “Temporary Entry Notice” may not apply for the Record of ID Number on the day of entry; they may apply on the following day.

2.Have not entered Taiwan:

 a.Application form;

 b.An authorization statement for this application validated by an overseas ROC office. (The statement must state the purpose of authorization as “applying Uniform ID Number”.)

 c.A copy of the related identification document (must be validated by an overseas ROC office):

  1)ROC Nationals without Household Registration: entry permit issued by the NIA, or the ROC passport and the temporary entry permit.

  2)People from Mainland China Area: entry permit issued by the NIA or Resident Identification card from Mainland China Area.

  3)Hong Kong and Macau Area Residents: entry permit issued by the NIA or Permanent Resident Identification Card from Hong Kong, Macau.
(Note: Those holding “Temporary Entry Notice” must have a document attached with holder’s photo.)

 d.Identification documents of the authorized agent: National ID Card, resident certificate, or passport, etc.

3.Online Application:

 Anyone having entered Taiwan may, five days following entry, use the online application at https://niioa.immigration.gov.tw/NIA_OnlineApply_inter/foreignApply/foreignApplyForm.action to apply for the Uniform ID Number. Upon approval, the certificate of the Uniform ID Number may be printed out from the applicant’s computer.
III. Processing time: one hour; for applicants who have never entered Taiwan, up to a half day (four hours)
IV. Application Fee: no fee
V.Attention:
A.
Who needs to apply for a Uniform ID Number:

1.People without a Uniform ID Number who wish to open a bank account, file tax, obtain joint health insurance or a driver’s license.

2.People who currently have or previously held a Taiwan Area Resident Certificate, an Alien Resident Certificate, or an Alien Permanent Resident Certificate, but currently lack such certificate to use as a form of identification, or the certificate issued does not bear a ten-digit ID number.
B.
Validity:

The Uniform ID Number is a unique registration number associated with each individual and is valid for life.
C.
Name of the document:

A “Record of ID Number” is issued upon approval.
D.
Current Application of the Uniform ID Number:

1.All National Health Insurance (NHI) IC Cards and Driver’s Licenses currently use this number.

2.Since 2004, any foreign person wishing to open a bank account must provide a document showing the Uniform ID Number, such as an ARC, an APRC, or a Record of ID Number.

3.Since 2004, foreign workers employed in Taiwan must fill in the Uniform ID Number when filing their Income Tax Withholding Declaration or annual income tax return. Foreign persons working on a short-term basis may facilitate their tax filings as stipulated in the following exception:

 A “non-resident” foreign person earning income in Taiwan without a Uniform ID Number may file their taxes with the old tax registration number. The old tax registration number is a 10-digit number derived from the information on the passport, where the first 8 digits are the applicant’s birthday in the order YYYYMMDD and the last 2 digits are the first two letters of their first name. For example, ROBERT W. DAVISON, birth date: July 12, 1942, has “19420712RO” as the tax registration number.
Note: “non-resident” – an individual who has physically resided in the ROC for less than 183 days in the same calendar year.
E.
To ensure that no Uniform ID Number is obtained under false pretenses, applicants who have not entered Taiwan by applying through an authorized agent have to also submit an authorization statement clearly stating such purpose and that has been validated by an overseas ROC office.
F.
The Record of ID Number issued by the NIA only certifies that the applicant has completed the registration process and does not serve as a proof of identity. For identity verification, foreign persons have to produce other forms of ID to the relevant departments.
Application form: Download the Uniform ID Number Application Form

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