My husband has been telling me since day one how important my alien registration card is, but I didn’t pay attention to him. He told me to bring it all the time, which I did, and to memorize my number, just in case I forget or lose my card. Since I kept it in my purse, and I never forget my purse when I leave the house, I didn’t care about the number… and so it happened… I forgot my alien registration number and now I don’t have my ARC. I surrendered it to the immigration for the processing of my Permanent Residence. I couldn’t use my health insurance without my alien registration number. I couldn’t even escape being asked for that number every time I made an appointment in the hospital, and when I told the nurses that I don’t remember it, they looked at me as if I were really an ALIEN who doesn’t know a thing about life on Earth.
Well, my husband and I were able to solve this dilemma by getting a certificate of alien registration from the city office, a document that bears my alien registration number, not another ID.
I have learned my lesson to never ever forget my alien registration number as long as I live in Korea. (Damn, I hate numbers!)
Your alien registration number is made up of 13 digits. The first 6 digits are the date of your birth (year/month/day); the 7th digit displays the sex and the century in which you were born. Check the code below:
- 1: male Korean citizens (born 1900 – 1999)
- 2: female Korean citizens (born 1900 – 1999)
- 3: male Korean citizens (born 2000 – 2099)
- 4: female Korean citizens (born 2000 – 2099)
- 5: male foreign citizens residing in Korea (born 1900 – 1999)
- 6: female foreign citizens residing in Korea (born 1900 – 1999)
- 7: male foreign citizens residing in Korea (born 2000 – 2099)
- 8: female foreign citizens residing in Korea (born 2000 – 2099)
The next 4 digits (8th to 11th) indicate a code for your place of birth; the 12th digit is a sequential number used to distinguish individuals of the same sex born on the same day in the same district; the 13th digit is a check digit that validates the accuracy of the code.
Let’s say I was born on July 5, 1985… the first 6 digits of my alien registration number would be 850705.
I am a female foreign citizen residing in Korea born in 1985, so the 7th digit in my alien registration number is 6. My visa status in my alien registration card is F-2-1. The sample below shows all the other information that are indicated in an alien registration card: name (family name, given name, middle name), country or place of birth and complete adress in Korea written in Korean. Of course, there is also my photo on the right, not the real one though. ^^
Below the picture is the date when the alien registration card was issued and the date when the card expires.
Also, at the back of the card, you will see the date of your visa extension, and other pertinent information regarding your stay in Korea.
Just how important is your ALIEN REGISTRATION CARD/NUMBER?
Your alien registration card is proof that you are LEGALLY allowed to live (or work) in Korea. It serves as your national identification card, (almost) similar to a Korean identification card, which is issued to every Korean citizen when he reaches the legal age of 19. You will need your ARC in every transaction you make in Korea, from opening a bank account to making an appointment in the hospital. At times, you may even need it, at least the number, to purchase something on-line; however, not all on-line shopping sites accept registration and purchases from foreigners. When I order something on-line, I usually use my husband’s card. We register under his name and national ID number. It is easier that way.
For more information on ALIEN REGISTRATION, you may refer to: english.seoul.go.kr
If you have lost your ARC, this site may help you: koreainsider.com.
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