The Personal Customs Code (PCC) is a unique identification number used for customs clearance purposes in South Korea. It offers a secure alternative to using resident registration numbers or alien registration numbers when importing personal items, minimizing the risk of personal information leakage. In this article, we provide a detailed guide for foreigners on obtaining their PCC through online issuance, with a focus on ensuring proper cell phone authentication.
Online Issuance Procedure
- Access the Customs website: Visit the Korea Customs Service website (https://unipass.customs.go.kr) and select “Personal Customs Code” to begin the application process.
- Choose authentication method: Select either “cell phone authentication” or “public certificate authentication” as your preferred method for verifying your identity.
- Enter personal information: Input your name and alien registration number, then click “confirm.”
- New issuance or re-issuance: If you are applying for a PCC for the first time, click “New issue.” If you already have a PCC and need a re-issuance, click “Check” and then “Reissue.”
For cell phone authentication:
Important note: Ensure that your postpaid or prepaid cell phone number is registered using your Alien Registration Card (ARC) ID. Prepaid cell phone numbers registered using passport information are not acceptable for this process.
a. Select your network company.
b. Enter your personal information and security number.
c. Input the authentication number you received.
*How to verify ID online guideline: https://www.kimchimobile.com/korean-phone-number-verification/
For public certificate authentication:
a. Enter the authentication number you received.
b. Input your public certificate password.
- Complete the application form: Fill out the “Application for issuance” form with the required information.
- Submit the application: Once you have completed the form, submit it for processing.
- Receive PCC: Upon approval, you will receive your Personal Customs Code via email or SMS. Keep this number safe, as it will be required for future customs clearance procedures.
Obtaining a Personal Customs Code (PCC) for foreigners in South Korea is a straightforward process that can be completed online, provided that proper cell phone authentication is followed. By ensuring that your cell phone number is registered using your ARC ID and following the steps outlined above, foreigners can easily obtain their PCC and ensure a secure and hassle-free customs clearance experience for personal imports.
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