Home Affairs Minister Urges People to Apply for e-KTP Immediately


AUGUST 23, 2016

Jakarta. Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo is urging citizens to apply for electronic identity card, known as e-KTP, before Sept. 30.

"An adult needs an identity card. Those who want to get married or move and change their address must update their identity cards," Tjahjo said in Jakarta on Monday (22/08).

The minister, however, has received complaints from several districts about the suspension of e-KTP production.

The e-KTP is required to issue other documents such as passports, driving licenses and state health insurance (BPJS) card.

According to the Civil Registry director general Zudan Arif Fakrulloh, over 22 million Indonesians are yet to record their data for the electronic identity card. He explained that the main reason is probably discouragement with the public service due to past bad experiences.

He added the services are steadily improving.