Formed on April 2, 1973, the Kapit Division is the seventh of eleven administrative regions in Sarawak and headed by a Resident. The Kapit Division is made up of three districts (Kapit, Song and Belaga) and two sub-districts (Nanga Merit and Sungai Asap).
The Resident is responsible for planning, monitoring and supervising the implementation of development programmes in the Division. He is also the head of the Divisional Security Committee. As a chief administrator of the division, he acts as a representative of the State Secretary at the divisional level.