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Personal seals (inkan / hanko)
How to obtain and register your personal seal
What is a personal seal (inkan) and why do I need one?

An inkan (also called a hanko) serves as your official signature and is necessary for everything from opening a bank account to getting cell phone to signing up for utilities. Personal seals typically come in the three following forms, though obtaining all three is not necessary.

jitsu-in 実印: this is the most official form of pesonal seal. It is used for large scale transactions such as purchasing land or cars, renting apartments, etc. Your jitsu-in must be regisered at City Hall prior to use. See below for more on how to register your personal seal and obtain a certificate of registration (inkan-touroku-shoumeishou)

mitome-in 認印 - This personal seal is for everyday use at home and work and is used for such things as signing for package deliveries. These do not require registration for use.

ginkou-in 銀行印 - This personal seal is made and used predominantly for bank-related things. Though your jitsu-in can be used for opening an account and completing transactions, many people choose to create a separate seal for safety and security reasons.
How do I get my own personal seal?
ONLINE: hankoya.com is a popular online option though a simple internet search can provide you with many options

IN STORE: OHARA (オオハラ) a popular local office supply store accepts in store orders but requires about 10 days for delivery.

☆ Considerations for purchase (prices vary accordingly):
・material (ranging from plastic and wood to marble)
・size and shape
・font and character style (roman letters & katakana available)
Registering your personal seal

WHY REGISTER YOUR PERSONAL SEAL?

It is necessary to register a personal seal and to obtain a certificate of registration (inkan-touroku-shoumeisho) in order for it to be used as your official signature seal (jitsu-in).

WHERE TO REGISTER:

Citizen's Affairs Section Service Desk (shimin-ka-madoguchi)
Fujiyoshida City Hall 1F
(0555) 22-1111 ext. 141

NECESSARY DOCUMENTS:

・residence card (zairyu-kado) or "MY NUMBER" card
・your personal seal (inkan)

PRICE: ¥300 for one copy
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