Supported IC Cards

Status of diffusion in Japan

My number card


Driver's license


Resident card

According to the Ministry of Justice data, the number of residence cards issued is 2,885,904 as of June 30, 2020. Foreigners who stay in Japan for a long period of time are required to obtain and carry a resident card, and since the card is managed by the Immigration and Refugee Management Agency, the resident card is the standard for verifying the identity of foreign nationals.

Special Permanent Resident Certificate Card

A Special Permanent Resident Certificate Card is issued as proof of the legal status, etc. of a special permanent resident, and contains information such as name, date of birth, gender, nationality/region, place of residence, and expiration date. In addition, a photo of the applicant's face will be displayed if the applicant is 16 years old or older. According to the Ministry of Justice data, the number of Special Permanent Resident Certificates issued is 309,282 as of June 30, 2020.


According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs data, the total number of valid passports is 27,713,950 as of February 20, 2020. Although the penetration rate is 21.6%, it is essential when traveling abroad and is frequently used in daily business.

About counterfeit IC cards

Counterfeiting techniques have become very sophisticated, and the number of cases (especially for residence cards) is increasing every year. However, they are mostly taking advantage of the "visual check" that is done in normal business operations in Japan, and although the sophistication of the printing technology is remarkable, they have not yet taken the trouble to check the IC chip. This is where the CWORK® application comes in.