In Korea, getting a copy of legal documents and forms is an easy and fast process. Koreans can secure a copy even without the help of a government employee and yes, even on weekends. If you visit the district office, you can see a document issuance machine. It looks like an ATM but it only prints out official documents like personal identification certificate, household register, land title certificate, school records, diplomas, tax forms etc. Some certificates and forms are free of charge and others cost around 200-1,000 won (PHP 8-40). People who only want to print a copy of their document can use this self-service printing machine; those who are not technology-savvy and those with inquiries can go inside the office and do their transactions the traditional way.
When this machine was not available yet, getting a copy of one’s resident registration certificate (주민등록등본) in the district office (구청) would cost 1,000 won. With this machine, it’s only 200 won.
Aside from these document issuance machines, online services are also available for those who are not able to visit the district office. Koreans can also request for a translated version (with additional fee) if they need to use it abroad. I like how convenient it is. I wish the Philippine government will also invest in this type of service for the benefit of the Filipinos because getting a legal document in the Philippines is such a time-consuming, energy-sucking and costly process. Imagine getting an NSO birth certificate in just a minute or two for only 8 pesos if we have this kind of service. Isn’t it awesome? 🙂