Q&A on new ARC/APRC ID number rules
Taipei, Dec. 16 (CNA) The following are answers to some questions related to the new ARC and APRC ID number rules, based on information provided by the National Immigration Agency (NIA. For other questions in various languages, please visit the National Immigration Agency's website.
■Question: What is the specific format of the new number?
1. The English letter is the area code, indicating the place of application, and corresponding to the format of Taiwanese citizen ID cards.
2. The second digit indicates gender, 8 for male and 9 for female.
3. The last digit is the check code.
■Question: As someone who obtained an ARC/APRC on or before January 1, 2021, how do I apply to change to the new one?
Answer: You will not need to proactively apply for the change as the old format will still work for another 10 years even after the new one kicks off. An ideal time to get the new number is when you apply for an extension or replacement of your card, or apply to change your reason for staying. The NIA will automatically change the original number to the new number upon your application for no extra charge.
■Question: Can I apply for the new number online?
Answer: Online applications can be made in the cases listed below; in other cases, applications must be handled at service counters:
a. People from China who come to Taiwan for scientific and technical research, industrial technology research, an internal transnational corporation transfer, investment operations & management, or professional/transnational accompanying, can apply for the new number online (people from China who come to Taiwan for professional visits can apply online here); (people from China who come to Taiwan to do business can apply online here).
b. Also, people from China who come to Taiwan to attend school, and who hold a single or multiple entry permit, can apply for the new number online.
a. Those residing in Taiwan to attend school can apply for the new number either online or at a service counter.
b. Migrant workers who apply online to extend their ARC or change the information on their ARC will at the same time be given the new number.
■Question: After I change to the new number, will I need to change my National Health Insurance (NHI) Card? Will I have to pay a fee for this?
Answer: You can still use your original NHI Card. If you wish to replace it with a card bearing your new number, you can go to the National Health Insurance Administration website or counter to do so (for a fee of NT$200).
■Question: Will it affect my tax filing if I have not changed to the new number immediately after January 2, 2021?
Answer: No, it will not. The tax filing system can accept both the new and original number
■Question: After I change to the new number, will I need to go to the post office to change my account information, or will this be done automatically? If I need to do it myself, will I have to pay a fee?
Answer: Yes, you will need to. After you change to the new number, you will need to go to the post office to change your account information, and you must show your newly issued card, but there will be no charge.
■Question: After I change to the new number, will I be able to purchase tickets for public transportation (such as trains, buses and the high-speed railway) in convenience stores?
1. Train/bus tickets: Foreign nationals can use their passport number or their new or original ID number to book tickets in convenience stores.
2. HSR tickets: There is no need to input either a ID number or a passport number when purchasing HSR tickets in convenience stores.
■Question: After I change to the new number, can I continue to use my driver's license that I applied for with my original number?
1. Yes, you can continue to use your driver's license with your original number on it. After you change to the new number, you can go to the Motor Vehicles Office to apply to change your license number. Provided that the license has not already expired, you can renew it free of charge.
2. If your license has already expired when you apply for the change of number, you must pay NT$200 to renew your driver's license number.
■Question: Can I book air tickets with both the new and original numbers?
Answer: All international flights are booked with a passport number. Some domestic flights -- those of Daily Air, Uni Air and Mandarin Airlines -- can also be booked with both the new and original ID numbers.
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