1958 The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted Household Registration Regulations, which strictly restricted migration from rural to urban areas and between urban areas.
September 1985 The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress promulgated the Residents Identification Card Regulation. Identification cards were issued to both rural and urban residents.
October 1, 2001 Household registration reform was launched in more than 20,000 towns and small cities. Migrants with fixed domicile and legal income could apply for urban hukou.
November 2013 The Third Plenary Session of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China decided to accelerate reform on the household registration system.
July 30, 2014 The State Council published the Opinions on Further Promotion of the Reform of Household Registration System, under which urban and rural residents should no longer be distinguished from one another.
(Source: The Beijing News)