Police in Hanoi announced that they will issue new 12-digit ID cards, as opposed to the current nine-digit cards, starting April 1.
Central police ordered authorities in districts and communes to promptly issue the new ID cards. Local police will be issuing the new cards at schools, houses, and hospitals.
The old ones will be exchanged. Each new card will have a barcode storing personal information for lifetime use.
The aim of this is to cut administrative expenses and create ease for filling out paperwork.