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Thai children as young as seven are now required to have identification cards, the result of a new law known as the Identity Card Act of 2011. 

A registration official of Yala municipality tests equipment for the production of ID cards for children aged seven and above. The issuance of ID cards for the young will begin on Sunday and officials of Yala municipality will produce ID cards for about 1,300 local children at their schools. MUHAMMAD AYUB PATHAN

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Thai children as young as seven are now required to have identification cards, the result of a new law known as the Identity Card Act of 2011. This law affects about 8 million Thai children aged from 7 to 14.

The cards will be issued by the Interior Ministry’s Department of Provincial Administration. Parents can bring their children to apply for their ID cards or seek ID cards on their children’s behalf.

Children’s ID cards will be valid for eight years and afterwards holders must seek another ID card when they reach their normal ID card age of 15.

Nirun Kalayanamit, deputy director-general of the Provincial Administration Department said the ID cards would distinguish Thais from foreign children and they could be presented to claim health services and used as health security cards.

Provincial authorities are concerned that foreign migrant workers might try to take advantage of the identification scheme for their offspring and they are taking steps to ensure this does not happen.

In Ranong yesterday, governor Wanchart Wongchaichana said children will be thoroughly screened to prevent the system from being abused.

Mr Wanchart is concerned some migrant workers might try to get hold of the cards illegally so they can receive state welfare. In the past, high-ranking officials had been implicated in a scam to have Thai ID cards issued to Rohingya and Burmese immigrants.

Meanwhile, Manas Porpan, a registration official in Yala municipality, said authorities there will issue ID cards directly to schoolchildren.

About 1,300 youngsters will receive the cards at their schools on the condition they present their birth or student certificates. The on-site card issuance will start at the Nibong Chanupatham School on July 19.
Adapted from stories in the Bangkok Post.

registration – the process of recording names or information on an official list การขึ้นทะเบียน, การลงทะเบียน
municipality – a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
identification card (ID card) – an official card or a document that can prove who you are บัตรประชาชน
issue (noun form: issuance) – to give or provide something official แจกจ่าย
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
identity – who someone is เอกลักษณ์, ลักษณะพิเศษ, ลักษณะเฉพาะ
Act – a law passed by a country’s government พ.ร.บ. พระราชบัญญัติ
Interior Ministry – the Thai ministry with responsibility over the Royal Thai Police, local administrations, internal security, citizenship, disaster management, land management, issuing national identity cards and public works กระทรวงมหาดไทย
apply – to make a formal request for permission to do or have something ขอ
on behalf of – as a representative of ในนามของ ในฐานะของ
valid – legally accepted ชอบด้วยกฎหมาย
distinguish – to recognise the difference between two people or things จำแนกความแตกต่าง, แยกแยะ
claim – to demand or ask for something because you believe it is your legal right to own or to have it  อ้างสิทธิ, ยืนยัน
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
concerned – worried about something   มีความกังวล
migrant – someone who travels to another place or country in order to find work ผู้อพยพ
take advantage – to use (often unfairly) for your own benefit เอาเปรียบ, หาประโยชน์ใส่ตัว
scheme – a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people  แผนการ โครงการ
offspring – someone’s child or children ลูกสัตว์,ทายาท,บุตร,ผู้สืบเชื้อสาย, ลูกสัตว์
ensure – to make certain that something happens or is done  ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
thorough – very complete อย่างละเอียดรอบคอบ
screen – to find out information about people to see if they are suitable for something  คัดเลือก, แยกออก, เลือกออก
prevent – to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening  ขัดขวาง, กัน, กีดขวาง
abuse – to use or treat someone or something wrongly or badly, especially in a way that is to your own advantage ใช้ในทางที่ผิด
illegally – in a way that is against the law อย่างผิดกฎหมาย
state – government รัฐบาล
welfare – help given, especially by the state or an organization, to people who need it; good care and living conditions สวัสดิภาพ
implicate – to show or suggest that someone is involved in wrongdoing โยงใยถึง
scam – a dishonest plan, especially for getting money  กลโกง, แผนร้าย
immigrant – a person who has come to a different country in order to live there permanently  ผู้อพยพ, คนย้ายถิ่น
youngster – a young person or a child  คนหนุ่มคนสาว,  เด็ก
condition – something that must be done before another thing can happen เงื่อนไข
on-site – at a particular place

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