Ministry of the Interior unveils plan for eID card


TAIPEI–The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) unveiled plans Tuesday for a new national electronic identification (eID) card that integrates information from the citizen digital certificate and the National Health Insurance Card.

The ministry is planning to issue chip-embedded national ID cards in 2018, replacing the 18.8 million paper ID cards currently in circulation.

The eID plan is still only in the development stage, and the National Development Council has set up a platform that will run through Feb. 2 for online discussion of the matter, according to the ministry.

To reduce the risk of counterfeiting or alterations of the paper ID cards, the ministry is planning to issue the multi-functional, anti-forgery eID cards to reduce issuance costs and improve the government’s administration effectiveness and the country’s international competitiveness.

The obverse of the eID card will bear the cardholder’s Romanized name in addition to the original Chinese name, and the date of the holder’s birth will be indicated by both the Gregorian calendar year and the R.O.C. calendar year, according to the ministry.

The eID card’s chip will also carry information such as gender, ID number, photograph, the names of the cardholder’s parents and spouse, registered household address and the valid dates of other certificates.

As for whether other information such as e-mail address, data on bank cards, credit cards or e-Cards will be integrated into the chip at the discretion of the cardholder, according to the ministry.