NHI Card Online Service Registration

Hi all.

Is it possible for foreigners to register their NHI Card online?
In accordance with
I can access my data on government websites if I obtain a password by registering my NHI card.
I’ve got a card reader and tried to register my card here
As I don’t know Chinese (use Google Translate) I was not able to overcome it(
My name was successfully read and inserted into *姓名 field. But I have no idea about *戶號 content. Something about “household registration”. Course I don’t have one.

Any advice and suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Probably not.

When I last tried, I got far enough in to get an error message that specifically said foreign residents couldn’t register.

This was a while back, but I remember finding another avenue to register that involved getting an “Aliens Citizen Digital Certificate” [外籍人士自然人憑證] (http://www.contacttaiwan.tw/main/docdetail.aspx?uid=346&pid=242&docid=84 ) , which also has some other uses - eg online request for entry/exit date certificate: https://www.immigration.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1313716&ctNode=31511&mp=pda02

Have not found the time to apply for one of those, or know anyone who has :slight_smile:

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Confirmed. If you have an “Aliens Citizen Digital Certificate” 外籍人士自然人憑證, you can get into the NHI online services.

I recommend the guide at this blog to get the Aliens Citizen Digital Certificate:

Key point - if the activation process for the Digital Certificate card does not work for you, be sure to call the helpdesk number: 0800-080-117. It’s open 7AM to 11PM and they’re quite friendly.


It seems the online activation process does not work at all!
Tried several time today: http://moica.nat.gov.tw/other/IC_cardDetect.html,
Is there any other way than the call?

Correct - the online activation process does not work.

The blog linked above says that it may be possible to activate using the “How to change subscriber code” function on the site for citizens.

However, most likely you’ll have to call to get them to activate it for you.

Any update on this in 2021? Can we get the NHI card registered or get the digital certificate?

As per Electronic digital medical records in Taiwan the NHI card login method should have started working in 2019. Citizen digital certificates have been available to foreign nationals since 2018 and have always worked, there are just complications with activating the card.


Apart from accessing health records online, I’d there any other use for it ?

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I tried, I tried and I retried. Nothing came out. The process is so frustratingly convoluted and difficult, with procedures and components which don’t seem to work anymore on current machines.

It is a farce tbh, I managed to get the Digital Citizen certificate to work somehow, but this is impossible since some website are not there anymore, some drivers cannot be found, version changed so much from the time they conceived it and never updated!

To be in 2022 and still require a card reader while there actually is (kinda) a QR verification method always provided by the government is silly.

I hope that the MODA by @audreyt will take actions on this, since I am quite tech savvy but cannot figure it out. And if I can’t figure it out, most of people will not be bothered too. A complete revamp of the IT gov system is deeply needed.

Even Italy kinda managed to pull off a sort of functional digital ID system (still chaotic, but works), Taiwan should be able too then!


At the end, went to NHIA HQ near Taipei main station to enroll. Now it works, but don’t sell like you can enroll online since it doesn’t fricking work!


That’s just sad. I basically have to go to the tax office to pay? Dang it.

I’ll pass on it for now. Maybe try again once I become a citizen.

not really, filed and paid my taxes online on Tue by just using my passport and ARC number, took me like 10 mins back to back.

No moronic card readers or strange stuff, just had to input manually all the data, but breezy.


above the link

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Without inquiry code right? Then I need to input everything manually.

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literally just your bio data tbh.

But dunno regarding employees, I am technically selfemployed, so input my salary/income data by myself

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Yeah I had multiple income streams last year. It’s gonna get complicated. Thanks though. Maybe for next year.

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I just went to the office this year. I did it last year with no problems online. But as I had to print out and mail things anyway… I thought I might as well go there. Took 10 minutes at the office plus a 15 minute ride (total there and back). - Took much longer messing around and doing it myself online last year…-

Saved me a lot of time messing around with different codes etc and… if there is anything wrong… I can blame the office

Also in Australia since at least 2014 both foreigners and citizens could use their phones to pay tax online… Taiwan took much longer and even then… the system only works for citizens. :confused:

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