Making sure that you have all the necessary documents to open an account

The documents required for your application will be different based on how much time has passed since the issuance date on your residence card or the effective date on your health insurance card.

Step 1:
Check your residence card

Q:
Have at least six months passed since the issuance date [許可年月日] on your residence card?
Residence card sample
A:
Yes, the issuance date [許可年月日] on your residence card has passed six months
Please proceed to "Category A" of Step 3
No, the issuance date [許可年月日] on your residence card has not passed six months
Please proceed to Step 2

Step 2:
Check your Japanese health insurance card

Q:
Have at least six months passed since the effective date [資格取得年月日 or 適用開始年月日] on your health insurance card?
Social Health Insurance card(社会保険証) sample
National Health Insurance card(国民健康保険証)sample

How to read the effective date [資格取得年月日 or 適用開始年月日]
平成 (Heisei) and 令和 (Reiwa) represent the names of Japanese era.

For example:
平成30年 = 2018
平成31年 or 令和元年 = 2019
令和2年 = 2020

A:
Yes, the effective date [資格取得年月日 or 適用開始年月日] on your health insurance card has passed six months
Please proceed to "Category B" of Step 3
No, the effective date [資格取得年月日 or 適用開始年月日] on your health insurance card has not passed six months
Please proceed to "Category C" of Step 3

Step 3:
Make sure you have all the documents you need

For Step 3, there are three different procedures, depending on which of the following categories you fall into:

Before submitting your application to open an account, please click on the following links to confirm points to note with regard to each of your personal identity document.

For those in Category A
You are in Category A if at least six months have passed since the issuance date on your residence card.
Residence card
Japanese health insurance card or Japan-issued driver's license or Individual Number Card (My Number Card)
Document that shows your name in Katakana
For those in Category B
You are in Category B if at least six months have passed since the effective date on your health insurance card.
Residence card
Japanese National Health Insurance card or Japanese Social Health Insurance card
Document that shows your name in Katakana
For those in Category C
You are in Category C if six months have not yet passed since both the issuance date on your residence card and the effective date in your health insurance card.
Residence card
Japanese Social Health Insurance card
Business card

Note

If both of the issuance date [許可年月日] on your residence card and the effective date [資格取得年月日 or 適用開始年月日] on your health insurance card have not passed six months, you need a Japanese Social Health Insurance card and business card to verify that you are employed at a Japanese workplace.

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