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Registrations and Counter Services (Foreign Resident Registration)

[April 1, 2010]

Foreign Resident Registration is required for foreigners staying in Japan for a certain period. For those who have already registered, changes should be filed if their domicile or other information changes.

Registrations and Counter Services (Foreign Resident Registration)

Subject

Deadline

Attached documents, etc.

Notifier

nitial registration

within 90 days of the arrival

passport, 2 photographs (not required for those under 16)

for those over 16 - apply in person, for those under 16 - a domiciled proxy should apply (Proxy priority: 1. parents 2. other relatives)

Birth registration

within 60 days of the child's birth

acceptance of registration of a birth or birth certificate by a medical care provider

Moving in/relocation in the city

within 14 days of relocation

foreign resident registration card

Changes besides domicile

within a specific period

foreign resident registration card, documents etc. to certify the changes

Renewal

within a specific period

foreign resident registration card, 2 photographs, passport (for issued person)

Reissue

within 14 days of noticing the expiration

statement of reasons, 2 photographs (not required for those under 16), passport (for issued person)

  • Photographs should be 2 identical copies (4.5 * 3.5 cm), taken within the last 6 months and showing the upper half of the body and an uncovered head.
  • In case of changing the name/nationality, apply for issuing the new card in exchange with the old one as well. Attach 2 photographs for those over 16.
  • In case of moving out, you don’t need to report to the Resident Dept. Please bring your foreign resident registration card and apply at the new municipality. (Other departments might require an application process e.g. National Health Insurance Dept.)

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