How to make My number card

How to make My number card. [Perfect guide]

How to make My number card

In this article, I will teach you how to apply for My Number Card online on your smartphone. My number card is very convenient, so I highly recommend making it. Please take a look to the end.

What is “My number card”?

My Number Card is a public card issued by the Japanese government.
Anyone who has a residence card in Japan can have it.
On the official website of the Government of Japan, it is called Individual number card in English.

My number card

The material is plastic, and there is a photo of the face, and an IC chip is inside.

The card made of paper is a temporary card.

Notification card

This card is a temporary card.
The Japanese name is “Tsuuchi card”(つうちかーど) and the English translation name is Notification card.
This was abolished on May 25, 2020.

All you can do with this card is to know your My Number.
It cannot be used for administrative procedures and cannot be used as an ID card.

The material is paper, there is no face photo, and no IC chip is included.
If you are new to Japan, a paper with your My Number will be mailed to you, but this card will not be issued.

Benefits of making My number card.

I have listed what you can do with My Number Card.

  • Can be used as a public ID card
  • Documents such as resident’s card can be issued at convenience stores
  • Some administrative procedures such as tax returns can be done with a smartphone
  • Can be used as a health insurance card when going to a medical institution

It will be available as a driver’s license in 2025.
It is highly recommended to make a My Number Card because you can save time for various application procedures.


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My Number Card at a convenience store

There are 4 types of application methods

Application on smartphone

Access the website with your smartphone and enter the required information.
The photo used for My Number Card is taken with a smartphone.
This article will explain this method later.

Application on a personal computer

The procedure is almost the same as applying on a smartphone.
The photo may be taken with a digital camera.

Application by mail

Fill in the required items on the paper (called koufu shinseisyo) sent when you get your address in Japan and send it.


Application with ID photo machine

This machine that you sometimes see when you live in Japan.
This is for taking pictures for public use.
For example, resumes, driver’s licenses, passports, etc.

You can now apply for a My Number Card.
Not all machines can be used for the application.

Only machines with this My Number character and a QR code reader can apply for the My Number card.
All you need is a Koufu shinseisho.

application form for My number card

I am not sure if other languages could be used for the application, if you know please let us know and comment down below.

How to apply for My Number Card

Click here for an explanation on Youtube.

I will teach you how to apply for My Number Card on your smartphone.
If you want to watch the video rather than the text, please watch the video uploaded on YouTube.

What you need to apply

You will need these items to apply.

  • Smartphone
  • 個人番号カード交付申請書(My number card application form)
application form for My number card

This application should have been mailed by the government when you first got your address in Japan. If you came to Japan before May 25, 2020, a notification card is attached to this paper.

Application procedure

STEP.1 To confirm terms of agreement

Go to the site for applying for My Number Card.

There are two checkboxes.

Application screen a

Check the first box if you are over 15 years old.
If you are under 14 years old, ask your parents to apply.

If you agree with the terms of use, please check the second box.

Application screen b

When you’re done, tap “確認” to continue

STEP.2 E-mail address registration

Application screen c

Enter the “23” digit number (application form ID) for applying online.

This number is on the application form.

application form for My number card
Application screen d

Please do not misunderstand that this paper also contains your 12-digit My Number.
Enter the number twice to prevent typos.

Application screen e

Enter your name.

Enter your email address twice.

Application screen f

Type the character you see in the picture for security.
When you’re done, tap “確認” to continue

This is the confirmation screen. If there are no mistakes, tap “Confirm” to go to the next.

If you lose the paper with the 23-digit number
application form for My number card

If you lose your application, you will need to reissue it.
Please reissue at the city hall where you live.
It’s free.

STEP.3 Check your inbox and see notification

Application screen g

An email will be sent to you.
Click the link and verify your email address.

Upload your ID picture
Application screen h

Go to the bottom of the page.

Application screen i

Tap the orange button labeled “アップロード” to upload your photo.
Tap the orange button and you will be asked if you want to take a picture or choose from past pictures.
It doesn’t matter which one you choose, but choose a photo taken within 6 months.

How to take a photo

There are rules on how to take pictures.

Application screen j
Application screen k

If you send a photo that is invalid, you will have to send the photo again.
Check here for detailed rules.

After uploading, tap the “確認” button to go to the next.

Application screen i

STEP.4 Confirm your picture

Application screen l

This is the confirmation screen.
The photo you uploaded will be displayed, so check it.

There are three checkboxes that you need to check.

The meaning of the first checkbox is A photograph taken within the previous 6 months.
The second meaning is whether you are facing the front, no hat, no background
The third meaning is to follow other shooting rules

Tap “登録” to continue.

STEP.5 Fill out your personal information

Application screen m

Enter your date of birth.

Application screen n

The first box is easy if you select “西暦”.
The meaning of “西暦” is Anno Domini.

Application screen o

If you tap the first + in the photo, two checkboxes will appear, but please do not check them.

Application screen p

If you check this box, you will not be able to use My Number Card for online administrative procedures or issue certificates at convenience stores.

Application screen q

The check box that appears when you tap the second + is whether Braille is required for My Number Card.

Application screen r

Check the checkbox if you want to add Braille to your name on the card.

Application screen s

Finally, check the box at the bottom.
The meaning is correct in the above contents.
Please check the box.

Tap the “確認” button to continue.

Application screen t

A confirmation screen will appear, so check it and tap the “登録” button.

Application completed

Application screen u

The application completion screen will be displayed.
This completes the application procedure on your smartphone.

After this, if your My Number Card is issued, you will receive a letter from the city hall.
Take your letter and go to the city hall to get your card.

Number of days required to receive My Number Card.

The letter from the city hall is currently about one and a half months after the application.
In my case, it arrived in about two weeks.

What to bring to receive my number card

Two things are required when you go to the city hall to pick up your My Number Card.

  • Letter from the city hall
  • Two things that can prove your identity

At least one that can prove your identity must have a photo such as a residence card.
A residence card and health insurance card are all right.


If you have a My Number Card, you can shorten administrative procedures and use your time for whatever you like.
Have you’re my number card and make your life in Japan a little easier.
In this article, I will teach you how to apply for My Number Card online on your smartphone. My number card is very convenient, so I highly recommend making it. Please take a look to the end.

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