It is not an exaggeration to say that the concept of ‘household registration’ has deeply permeated every aspect of the lives of the Vietnamese people for a long time. Almost every legal administrative document is closely tied to the requirement of providing a household registration. From buying and selling assets, seeking employment, enrolling children in schools, and more, everything involves the presence of a household registration booklet. At one point, even in social interactions, people used to silently judge each other based on their ‘household registration.’ It was quite peculiar to have a label as ‘urban household registration.’
However, in line with the principles of development and modernization, the official household registration booklet has been phased out as of December 31, 2022. The management of household registration will be replaced by modern technology and software. With a sense of nostalgia for the old ways and hopes of escaping the constraints and inconveniences brought about by household registration, people are now uncertain about how matters related to household registration will be resolved in the future. How do you verify your place of residence when you no longer have a household registration? What are the important considerations when removing the household registration?
Clause 3 Article 38 of the Law on Residence 2020 specifies that the household registration booklet is valid as a confirmation document for residence until December 31, 2022. From January 1, 2023, all household registration booklets and temporary residence booklets will no longer be valid. Furthermore, Clause 2 Article 26 of Circular No. 55/2021/TT-BCA dated May 15, 2021, issued by the Minister of Public Security, outlines certain provisions and measures for implementing the Law on Residence. When citizens carry out procedures for permanent residence registration, adjustment of information in the residence database, splitting households, canceling permanent residence registration, registering temporary residence, extending temporary residence, or canceling temporary residence registration, which results in changes to the information in the household registration booklet and temporary residence booklet, the registration authorities are responsible for withdrawing the household registration booklet and temporary residence booklet previously issued. They will then adjust and update the information in the residence database by the provisions of the Law on Residence, without issuing new household registration booklets or temporary residence booklets. Therefore, the official household registration booklet has been abolished.
The removal of the household registration booklet is perhaps the most widely supported policy by the people. In reality, for many years, having a household registration booklet was necessary to handle various legal administrative transactions and procedures, which caused significant inconvenience and difficulties for the people. Since July 1, 2021, when the 2020 Law on Residence came into effect, household registration booklets and temporary residence booklets were revoked in cases of information changes. New registrations for place of residence and temporary residence were no longer issued. Starting from January 1, 2023, all place of residence and temporary residence registrations will no longer be valid. Instead, all information concerning household registration and residence will be updated in the national population database and the residence database. The official household registration booklet has been abolished, and the method of management has shifted from a paper-based household registration booklet to electronic technology.
Currently, the national population database is operational. Citizens can use residence information in the national population database to carry out administrative procedures and public services. When citizens access the system, their personal information, such as name, gender, date of birth, and permanent address, will automatically appear. Public servants will check if the provided information matches the data stored in the national population database. Therefore, when the household registration booklet is no longer valid, to ensure smooth transactions and avoid incomplete personal information, citizens should perform the following tasks:
With the removal of the household registration booklet, the government continues to manage the population while changing the method from paper booklets to modern information technology. Information regarding a citizen’s place of residence will be updated electronically and uniformly managed. Each person will have their own personal identification number, which is printed on their chip-based citizen identification card. This card will contain all relevant information, such as hometown, name, age, gender, date of birth, and place of residence. Citizens will still need to register for permanent residence and temporary residence as before. However, when registering for permanent or temporary residence, instead of being issued a household registration booklet or temporary residence booklet in paper form, citizens’ information will be updated in the national population database and the residence database. Based on their unique identification number, they can use it to carry out transactions, such as buying and selling property, registering vehicles, registering births, and more. Citizens will no longer need to carry paper documents; they only need their identification cards for verification. This card will provide access to their data in a matter of seconds. Therefore, to confirm your place of residence, you only need to check the integrated information on your citizen identification card.
These are some important considerations to verify your place of residence once the household registration is removed. We hope that the information above has been helpful to you when performing administrative procedures. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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