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Thai expats can renew, replace identity cards in country of residence

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul, centre, and Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, right, jointly address a press conference at Government House on the government providing services to renew identification cards for T

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul, centre, and Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, right, jointly address a press conference at Government House on the government providing services to renew identification cards for T

Thai nationals living overseas will be able to renew their identity cards or have them replaced in case of loss or damage at Thai embassies or consulates in their country of residence.



Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul said yesterday that this was part of a campaign to make the process easier for Thai expats, who previously had to return home to renew or replace their national ID cards.

The campaign, jointly launched by the Foreign and Interior ministries, does not apply to people who have never had a national ID. First-time applications can only be submitted and processed in Thailand, Surapong said.

The service has already been put in place at Thai foreign missions in Los Angeles, Taipei, Sydney and Singapore, and will be available in Berlin and New York before the end of this month.

The service will be provided at another 16 Thai missions worldwide before the end of this year, including two more in the American region, 11 in Europe, two in Asia and one in Australia.

Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan said it would not be easy for false information to get through because the procedure includes a series of interviews, a study of the applicant's background and references, among other details.


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