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Identity Card
2006-09-15 16:20:00 GDFAO

1. Issuance

Upon their arrival in China, the member of the consular post and the accompanying spouse and underage children (aged under 18 and holding their own passports) should apply for either Consular Identity Card or Service Identity Card issued by the Department of Consular Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. They should carry such identity cards when traveling around and show them to the military or police posts and relevant authorities as required.

The Consular Identity Card is issued to the consular officer holding diplomatic passport and the accompanying spouse and underage children whereas the Service Identity Card to the administrative or technical personnel and service personnel holding service passport and their accompanying spouse and underage children.

2. Application

Within two weeks since the arrival of the member of the consular post and the accompanying spouse and underage children, the relevant consular post should present a note to the Foreign Affairs Office to apply for appropriate identity cards. The supporting documents for such application should include copies of passport information page and visa, three passport photos of each applicant, and three copies of completed Application Form for Consular Identity Card / Service Identity Card / Honorary Consular Identity Card. If a member of the consular post shares the same passport with his / her underage children, only his / her own passport photo rather than a family photo is required.

3. Change

If any change has been made to the status of its member, the consular post should present a note to the Foreign Affairs Office within two weeks to inform the change and to apply for appropriate identity cards for the member and the accompanying spouse and children. The supporting documents for such application should include their passports, application forms with affixed photos, and original identity cards. If the change is made to the consular title, it must be annotated on his / her passport. If a member of the administrative and technical staff or the service staff is appointed to be a consular officer, a new diplomatic passport must be issued to him / her and sent with the application to the Foreign Affairs Office.

4. Replacement

If any identity card is lost, the relevant consular post should inform the local Public Security Bureau with no delay and present a note to the Foreign Affairs Office to apply for a replacement. The supporting documents for such replacement should include an application form with affixed photo, and the original police slip of loss report. If any identity card is damaged, the relevant consular post should also include the damaged identity card in its application for replacement.

5. Return

If a member of the consular post completes his / her term of service or is transferred to the embassy or another consular post of the sending state in China, the consular post should present a note to the Foreign Affairs Office and return his / her identity card within three days after his / her departure. The Foreign Affairs Office will send the identity card to the Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for cancellation.

Editor: Wing

 
 

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