What is RNS?

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

What is Palau ID?

Palau ID (Sovereignty-Backed Web3 ID) is a legal ID that can be used for identity verification, such as KYC with crypto exchanges (90% of exchanges support Palau ID such as Binance, Crypto.com, Bitget, Kraken, Bybit, Kucoin, Huobi, etc), Banks*, other institutions (e.g., Airbnb), hotel check-ins**, domestic flight check-ins*, membership sign-ups, and registration for Palau digital corporations with 0% tax*. RNS ID NFT is a digitalized legal ID that enables individuals to self-control their identification settings by enabling them to choose various levels of identification disclosure. *Note: Some solutions are subject to third-party offerings and/or being developed and may not be available immediately or at all due to legislation required to attain. For our updated documentation and available services, please visit us at docs.rns.id **Note: Palau ID provides up to 25% off hotel rates in different cities, with more to come in the near future.
National ID is a pre-qualification of identity verification that can be used to easily upgrade to digital residency without further KYC. A digitalized legal ID can be selected by a variety of institutions as a formal form of identification document. It also grants users the option to select which identification to utilize for digital verification. RNS ID NFT is recognized by our partner hotels to get up to 25% discounts in different countries. Contact us via live chat or email [email protected] for more information.

What are the available solutions now?

The Palau ID is a legal proof of identity that is now supported by several exchanges. Our members have been using their own POA and 2FA methods for verification if those are required. A lot of organizations only need the ID to verify. Our team is currently working on the regulations required to make Palau addresses and numbers feasible, as certain solutions are subject to third-party offerings and/or development, and may not be available immediately or at all.

What are RNS Points?

RNS-registered users can receive RNS points for minting Voyager Pass NFT, referral, campaign participation (e.g. survey campaigns), and more.

How can I utilize RNS points?*

RNS points can be utilized for hotel discounts, residency level advancement (e.g., different tiers of land, different roles; Sailor, Navigator, Captain, and Master Mariner), and other future perks.

How to get RNS points?*

Residents will receive 100 RNS points for each primary referral and 20 RNS points for each secondary referral. Every referee using a referral link to register the Palau ID will receive 50 RNS points.
Points can also be earned through RNS Campaigns. E.g., We are inviting you to participate in our Palau ID Use Cases Survey Form - https://forms.gle/yFAafKt7bHaePMxEA
You may receive up to 100 RNS points for participating. Please see the survey form above for signup and rules for the reward points.
*Terms and conditions are subject to change

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 created and sent to your provided address. Shipping times for the physical card may vary depending on where you live.

What is a “Sovereignty-Backed Identification Card”?

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

ID Utility Questions

Does the ID work for KYC in exchanges? 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 its ID card is sovereign-backed.
90% of crypto exchanges support Palau ID such as Binance, Crypto.com, Bitget, Kraken, Bybit, Kucoin, Huobi, etc. 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 a service that does not include support for the ID, please notify us.

Can I use the ID for hotel check-ins? Is there any discount if I do?

Palau ID is accepted and supported by hotels around the world. Palau ID holders and Voyager Pass holders can get up to 25% off hotel rates in different cities, with more to come in the near future.

Does the ID have a time limit?

The digital residency ID has 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years then 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?


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

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

There is a 0% tax from Palau on non-Palauan income for digital residents. The Digital Residency ID program 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: Physical 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, Join a Palau telecommunications network, e.g. phone number, Internet services, Purchase a private network (VPN) in Palau, Purchase and sell assets/property, Purchase insurance, Access to digital brokerage, Digital nomad accounting, Digital notarization, Address rerouting from Palau to home country.

Will the mailing and utility bill address be in Palau?

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

ID Pricing + Payment Questions

What are my payment options?
We accept most international credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express etc.). You can also check out using your Web3 wallet. WBTC, ETH, BNB, USDC, MATIC, and USDT payments are some examples of tokens accepted.
DePay's comparison of Ethereum, BNB Smart Chain, and Polygon for payments.
Payments on Ethereum typically take 18 seconds in average to process and validate. We currently supports 3200+ tokens on Ethereum. A payment transaction on Ethereum costs users between $1-$50.
BNB Smart Chain
Payments on BNB Smart Chain typically take 10 seconds in average to process and validate. We currently supports 4500+ tokens on BNB Smart Chain. A payment transaction on BNB Smart Chain costs users between $0.05-$0.50.
Payments on Polygon typically take 5 seconds on average to process and validate. We currently support 380+ tokens on Polygon. A payment transaction on Polygon costs users below $0.01.
Reference: https://depay.com/docs/payments/supported/blockchains/
Can I use mainnet to pay in USDT, USDC?
Can I use ETH network to pay in USDT, USDC, or WBTC?
Can I use BSC network to pay in USDT, USDC, BUSD or WBTC?
Can I use Polygon Network to pay in Matic, USDT, USDC or WBTC?
How much is the application fee?
The Palau Digital Residency has $248 for 1 year, $1039 for 5 years, and $2039 for 10 years of validity.
Is the application fee one-time or annual?
The Palau ID has 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years validity, similar to renewing your other state-issued forms of documentation. The RNS ID doesn't have a time limit. The affiliated Palau ID has sanction checks and renewal.
Refund policy?
All orders are final and nonrefundable. Learn more about refund terms here: https://rns.id/app/termsService
Could you explain your pricing?
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 a 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 a US EB2 visa (which is not even 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.
Will pricing change in the future?
Yes, there is a possibility that pricing may change in the future. However, the change will only happen under specific circumstances such as a legislative change or if the company decides to adopt a regional agent sale mechanism.

ID Processing

What are the accepted IDs/Documents for KYC verification?
Applicants can use official government documents like ID-card, passports, driving licenses, and Resident permits. ID must be valid for at least one month after the present date.
How to check my application status?
Go to the website https://rns.id/app/login and log in to your account to get the latest status updates on your application.
How long will it take to get my application approved?
Depending on the additional documentation and information for your application, the longest time will be 2 weeks.
How to update the photo ID?
Log in to your RNS account and upload a photo ID that is compliant. Check out https://docs.rns.id/support/photo-requirements for more information.
Rejected Verification
Make sure to provide clear photos during the verification and do not upload scanned documents. For further assistance, contact [email protected].
Printing time
A none security features card takes 4 weeks, ones with multiple security features like ours usually take 8 weeks but we will do it in around 10-20days. This is already an expedition.
When will I receive my ID?
The shipping times will vary depending on the destination country and also might be affected by several factors like custom clearance and courier availability. Don't worry, once shipped you'll be receiving an email with the tracking number to track your package.
Can I extend or renew my ID on the website?
Yes, as a member, you can now extend or renew your ID on the website. Simply log in to your account and go to ID tab, then click "Extend ID Validity".
What country do you ship from?
We are shipping from multiple locations worldwide to ensure every customer can securely receive their package. Shipping times will vary depending on the destination country.

Citizenship Questions

Can Digital Residents apply for Palau passports?
Digital residency does not support pathways to citizenship or future Palau passports. By Palau's Constitution, only Palauans may hold citizenship.
Does this allow me to fly into Palau like a passport?
One still needs to bring their passport. Being able to stay in Palau beyond the initial trip varies largely by the person’s citizenship. Some, like US citizens, can stay for 1 year. Others must show proof of departure and leave within that timeframe. As non-Palauans becoming citizens is prohibited by their Constitution. But they are very welcoming to 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.


How does RNS privacy work?
All documents are end-to-end encrypted with separate private keys.

Additional FAQs

Can I use the digital copy of my ID to KYC?
Only the physical copy of your ID can be used for KYC. The sole purpose of the digital copy is to allow us to verify that the information on your ID is correct. Please be aware that the use of a digital copy for KYC is strictly prohibited and may result in your account being added to a blacklist by the third parties.
How will I know if I am included in the Astronaut program?
You should have received an email, kindly please check your spam or junk folder.
Can I apply for a temporary residence and buy a cryptocurrency without paying taxes?
No worries about taxes. There is a 0% tax from Palau on non-Palauran income for digital residents.
Where is the link to put my wallet address for NFT ID?
Our team is getting the UI ready to give you the option to add your wallet address where your RNS ID NFT will be airdropped.
What physical address will be offered in the future?
Yes, you can 1) adopt a meter and pay for a local household's utility bill so the bill will be sent to you and 2) pay for a local physical address provider.
For collaboration, partnership or being an ambassador
Send an email to [email protected] with your proposal and company website.
RNS team is based in what city?
We are decentralized and based in five different countries.
Application accepted country?
Currently, all global citizens with the exception of North Korea and Iran are eligible.
Are you shipping worldwide?
We ship anywhere on the planet except to North Korea and Iran.