Minister: All e-KTPs Valid for Life, Do Not Pay for Renewal


JANUARY 29, 2016

Jakarta. Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has issued a circular letter to all mayors, district heads and governors to confirm that Indonesia's electronic identification card, or e-KTP, is valid for a lifetime, and does not need to be renewed every five years.

Tjahjo said the card's validity was stipulated in the law, but many Indonesians who have already secured the card were not aware of that.

“For those who have 'expired' e-KTPs, you don't need to take care of the extension because it's still valid,” the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician said, in a statement issued by the Cabinet Secretariat on Friday (29/1).

He called on people to refuse if they were asked to pay to create or renew their e-KTPs by local administrations or go-betweens.

Newly issued e-KTPs mention lifetime validity, but older ones that mention an expiration date are valid for life regardless, Tjahjo stressed.

The minister made the statement to clear up confusion surrounding the validity of the older cards.

The e-KTP program was implemented in 2013, with an initial budget of Rp 3.2 trillion ($230 million). Millions of Indonesians are still waiting to receive their cards, even though they have already registered.