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Overseas Koreans to get new IDs

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Anyone try this yet?  Looks like it’s only for overseas Koreans (F-4?) but hopefully it could work for F-2 holders as well.  They should make it easier for all foreigners but of course this is Korea.

In the past, ethnic Koreans overseas couldn’t buy goods from Korean Internet shopping sites because they didn’t have Korean registration ID numbers – and thus couldn’t create accounts for such Web sites.

To rectify that, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security said it will provide personal identification numbers that will replace registration numbers for overseas Koreans.

The measure will allow overseas Koreans without Korean registration IDs to freely use the Web sites of more than 3,000 public institutions, including the Foreign Ministry, the Military Manpower Administration, and the Small and Medium Business Administration, as well as 400 Internet shopping sites and Internet-based games, the ministry said yesterday.

After verifying their identity at by typing their name and passport number, overseas Koreans will get a personal identification number that can be used instead of a Korean registration ID number.

Many overseas Koreans without registration numbers have complained about the poor accessibility of Korean Web sites. Without a registration number, they have been unable to become members of the sites or post messages.

By Kim Mi-ju []


Written by recruiterinkorea

January 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Even though I am not Korean, does that mean I will finally be able to order decent Galbi sauce? 😉


    January 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    • I doubt it; couple of my coworkers tried signing up for the ‘new number’ and it was too glitchy so they all gave up.


      January 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm

  2. its alright. I just did it for the games. lol. I was supposed to be able to read the terms of use but its all in Korean and the English version skipped that step.

    Anyway, functionality wise its still limited especially with shopping sites if you don’t know Korean. Government sites have english versions, commerical sites don’t


    February 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm

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