The Jakarta Post
The South Jakarta Immigration Office has begun a home delivery system for new passports in a measure designed to prevent the falsification of identities.
"The service is also useful for anticipating fictitious data being presented by passport applicants wanting to use it to commit crimes such as those related to drugs or terrorism," South Jakarta Immigration Office head Cucu Koswala said on Friday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
Cucu said the service could help trace any mismatched data early on, such as by confirming the address provided by an applicant.
"If it’s found that it's fictitious, then that's early prevention, which could then be expanded into questioning as to why they had given a false address and we would then see if there were any criminal actions involved," he said.
Moreover, should an applicant using a false address be found to have a criminal history, Cucu said, the immigration office could immediately coordinate with the police and the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) to take further action.
"Punishment related to the use of false data for the creation of a document can amount to a five-year imprisonment and a fine of Rp 250 million (US$18,300), as stipulated in the Immigration Law," said Cucu.
The immigration office is working together with PT Pos Indonesia for the delivery of passports, for which no extra fees will be charged, he said.
"There are no additional charges for the service. Everything is still the same because the costs are covered by immigration," Cucu added.
Currently, the administration fee for a passport application is Rp 355,000 for a regular passport and Rp 655,000 for an electronic one.
The home delivery service is only limited to residents with an official South Jakarta address on their ID card.
In addition to launching its new system, the South Jakarta Immigration Office has also begun an early morning service, with doors opening at 6 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. (liz/bbn)
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