Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a plan aimed at simplifying the country's bureaucracy by replacing personal papers with an all-encompassing identification number.
Under the plan, the information contained in birth and death certificates, residence ownership certificates and marriage certificates will all be linked to a 12-digit ID number.
The plan will start being implemented next month, and is expected to be completed in 2020.
The ID number will be issued to individuals upon completion of their birth registration. Others will be issued their number the next time they file bureaucratic paperwork.
According to the Ministry of Justice, the supply of ID numbers will save significant time and money for citizens and the state.
It is estimated citizens spend around VND4.7 trillion (US$223 million) per year making copies and notarized copies of personal documents for administrative procedures.
Once the ID number is issued, the cost will be reduced by around VND2 trillion, the ministry said.