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What is RNS?

RNS (Root Name System) is the digital identity platform developed to support the application and issuance of sovereignty-backed digital IDs.

When can I receive my ID card?

Your Digital ID will be issued once your application has been officially approved. Your physical ID card will then be printed in the next batch and sent to the address you provided. Depending where you live, shipping times for the physical card may vary.

What is a “Sovereignty-Backed Identification Card”?

A legally valid identification card issued by a sovereign nation. We issue both a digital identification on the blockchain and a physical ID card for customers who have passed our screening process.

Does the program have a fixed end date?

Digital residency is here to stay.

What can the ID be used for?

The Palau Digital Resident ID is a government-issued ID and can be used for any requirement necessitating a government-issued ID. Palau is a sovereign nation and it’s ID card is sovereign-backed.
Because the Digital Resident ID is a newly introduced form of identity, some legacy systems have not updated their support for the ID. If there is service that does not include support for the ID, please notify us.

ID Utility Questions

Does the ID work for KYC in exchanges?

The Palau Digital Resident ID is a government-issued ID and can be used for any requirement necessitating a government-issued ID. Palau is a sovereign nation and its ID card is sovereign-backed.
Because the RNS ID is a newly-introduced form of identity, some legacy systems have not updated their support for the ID. If there is service that does not include support for the ID, please notify us.

Does the ID have a time limit?

The digital residency ID lasts for one year, when it can then be renewed.

When will I get my RNS ID NFT?

RNS ID NFTs are non-transferable. Details will be announced in the near future but all Digital Residents will have the option to receive one.

Does Palau allow futures trading?

Yes.

Can I open a business as a Digital Resident?

Yes, coming soon.

Can I buy property using my ID?

Yes, crypto homes are being built now.

Are there any taxes for Palau Digital Residents? Can I apply for a temporary residence and buy crypto without paying taxes?

There is 0% tax from Palau on non-Palauran income for digital residents.

What are the uses and planned uses for the Palau ID?

There is 0% tax from Palau on non-Palauan income for digital residents. The Digital Residency ID program that has been legislated in Palau in December 2021 currently covers all of the following: § 1051. Certificate of Legal Name Change. § 1052. Digital Banking Services. § 1053. Verification. § 1054. Mailing Address. § 1055. Digital Voice and Text. § 1056. Adopt a Meter Program. (Utility billing)
Some benefits come in sooner than others.
The first upcoming benefits are: Virtual address with a US zip code
Adopt a Meter - Utility bill proof of address Digital signature/certificate
The next batch of benefits are:
Registering e-Corporations, Get a Palau virtual phone number, Purchase a private network (VPN) in Palau, Purchase and sell assets/property, Purchase insurance, Access to digital brokerage, and Digital notarization

Can I buy property by having this ID card?

This is a valid government ID. Properties and assets will become available in the RNS marketplace.

Will the mailing and utility bill address be in Palau?

Yes. These products will be available in the digital resident portal as add-ons.

How to check the application status?

You may visit the website https://app.rns.id/login and sign in to your account to get the latest status updates on your application or email [email protected]

How does the physical address work for mail?

The physical address service will be introduced soon. When it’s ready, you can get access to an address in Palau and receive mail, use it as proof of residence, etc. and be able to link virtual utilities to your address. Package shipments to your address are not allowed.

What is the address being offered?

To be exact, it is actually a physical address. You can 1) adopt a meter and pay for a local household's utility bill so the bill will be sent to you. 2) pay for a local physical address provider.

From what country will the ID be shipped?

We are shipping from multiple locations around the world to make sure every customer can securely receive their package.
Our team is getting the UI ready to give you an option to add your preferred wallet address where your RNS ID NFT will be airdropped.

What is the printing time for ID cards?

A card without any security features usually takes 4 weeks, but ones with multiple security features like ours usually take 8 weeks, but we are expediting and are able to complete the process faster than that. Our team is working to cut printing/shipping times down so that digital residents can receive their physical ID cards as fast as possible.

RNS Team is based in what city?

We are decentralized and based in five different countries.

Are the first batch of benefits included in the price or they'll be an additional cost?

We are collaborating with the Ministry of Education and the power company to add physical addresses and virtual utilities for the digital residents. The costs collected are to cover the power bill of the schools.

ID Pricing + Payment Questions

What are my payment options?

We use Stripe in our checkout process which accepts most international credit cards and Alipay. You can also check out using your Web3 wallet.

Can I use mainnet to pay in USDT, USDC?

Yes

Can I use ETH network to pay in USDT, USDC?

Yes

Can I use BSC network to pay in USDT, USDC or BUSD?

Yes

Is the application fee one-time or annual?

The $248 fee is annual, similar to renewing your other state-issued forms of documentation. The RNS ID doesn't have a time limit. The affiliated Palau ID has every year sanction checks and renewal.

Will pricing change in the future?

No.

Refund policy?

All orders are final and nonrefundable.

This is too expensive! Why?

This is the first time this service has ever been provided by a Sovereign government with a seat at the UN and has full legal recognition as any other government issued ID. There is 0% tax from Palau on digital residents.
Getting an equivalent identification from another nation would take months of complex documentation, possible travel and embassy visit requirements, and may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Not to mention any taxes they may have.
This solution is way more affordable than almost all other country identity programs. Even US EB2 visa (which is even not an ID) is $700, in which case you have to travel to the consulate to take biometrics (travel cost and time cost), not to mention hundreds of thousands $ for "golden visas" etc of a lot of other countries.
Your other alternative is to form an offshore trust or international company, where you are looking at thousands of dollars in registration and legal fees.
Our solution offers you the ability to apply for and receive a valid legal second ID, from the comfort of your home, shipped globally.

Citizenship Questions

Can Digital Residents apply for Palau passports in future?

Currently, digital residency does not support pathways to citizenship or future Palau passports.

Does this allow me to fly into Palau like a passport?

One still needs to bring their passport. But this allows you to pre-load your information and you can stay in Palau with renewals. As non-Palauans becoming citizens is prohibited by their Constitution. But they are very welcoming for international visitors and business and there are plenty of opportunities outside of actual citizenship that will be made available via digital residency and they are committed to making this a great product for all citizens of the world.

Waiting List Questions

How many people have been released off the waiting list?

We’re letting people off the waiting list every single day, and doing our best to support the large volume. If you are in a rush to get your ID, we have a referral program to jump up steps on the waiting list.

How does the referral program work?

When you sign up using our waiting list link, you will be given a unique link that you can share to jump up steps on the waiting list. In order to warm up the inauguration ceremony of the first digital residents, we are now giving users a 10-fold acceleration reward: if you successfully invite a friend to complete the registration, your queue will be advanced by 1,000 (normally 100).

Technical Questions

Why is there a notification written in red texts that says “Unable to log in with provided credentials” while I log in?

Please re-enter the log-in page through the link in the invitation email and try signing up again. If it’s still not working, please try “Forget password”.

Application accepted country?

Currently all global citizens with the exception of North Korea and Iran are eligible.

Privacy

How does RNS privacy work?

The RNS System is designed with user privacy and security as a top priority, using end-to-end encryption so users control their information and identity exposure.