PETALING JAYA: Those who want to update the address in their identification cards now have to produce supporting documents to verify the change of address and fill up a form that can be obtained at the nearest national registration office.
National Registration Department director-general Datuk Mohd Abdul Halim Muhammad said the acceptable supporting documents included electricity and water bills, quit rent, tax assessment, income tax assessment form, sale and purchase agreement, rental agreement and receipt under the applicant's name or their spouse to proof that they live in the said address.
"The new directive has been issued to update the procedure for change of address so that people do not misuse other individuals' addresses for whatever purposes," he said in a statement on Thursday.
"Effective Sept 7, every application for change of address either involving issuance of identification card or updating of address in the chip must be through the use of a form obtained from the nearest registration office and attached with the supporting documents," he said.
Mohd Abdul Halim added that if applicants could not produce such documents, they must provide a confirmation letter from a village head or employer to support their application.
For children who lived with parents or siblings, he said the supporting documents must be under the parents' or siblings' names.
Currently, applicants are only required to inform the National Registration Deparmtment of the change of address without any supporting documents.
"The address in the identification card must be a permanent address in Malaysia, not the addresses of workplace, offices, organisations or post office boxes (P.O Box)."
He added a temporary document would be issued to those applying for a change of address in a replacement of the identification card while a printout of the information on the chip would be issued to those who update the address on the chip.