Don’t have time to renew your passport? Fret not ’cause the Immigration Department has just announced that the pilot programme for “MyOnline Passport” will begin on 1st September!
The department’s director-general, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali, said that the experimental system would be made available in 4 states – Pahang, Penang, Putrajaya, and Sarawak – and 2 Urban Transformation Centres (UTC) – Pudu Sentral in Kuala Lumpur and Galleria@Kotaraya in Johor.
According to Mustafar, the online application for passport renewals can also be done via mobile phone, regardless of the place, time, or day.
“The applicants are allowed to choose any of the passport issuing counters in the 4 states involved, for example, the online application is made in Johor, but (the applicant) may want to collect it (passport) at the Immigration Department counter in Penang,” he told reporters after visiting the Johor Immigration Department at the Setia Tropika Home Ministry Complex on Sunday (28th August).
The new programme aims to overcome the congestion at Immigration offices. He also added that “MyOnline Passport” would be extended to other states if the pilot programme goes well.
Bernama via MMO reported that the new system was introduced to enable people to renew their passport online. Applicants can update their details, upload the required photo, make payment using a debit or credit card, and collect the passport at any of the 6 designated counters.
For more information, visit the Immigration Department’s official website.