Filipinos can start registering online for the Philippines national ID starting April 30. In the middle of the pandemic, the national ID is an important document everyone should possess. But what exactly is a national ID? How does it differ from the bunch of government IDs you have sitting in your wallet right now and how can you get one?
What is it for?
It requires every Filipino to have their own Philippine Identification System ID (PhilSys) or Philippine Identification Card (PhilID). As a foundational digital ID system, PhilSys is envisioned to help the Philippines transition to digital transactions and processes slowly.
Right now, its primary goal is to help low-income families open bank accounts for smoother government transactions and benefits (like financial ayuda distribution). Earlier this year, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that they’ve gathered demographic data of nine million individuals with at least five million low-income household heads.
Meanwhile, PhilID, the physical counterpart, will have all your info, such as proof of identity and residence.
How do I register online?
Here’s a quick overview of the three-step process PSA issued for national IDs:
Step 1: Register your information, including full name, gender, date, and place of birth, blood type, and address.
Step 2: Attend your appointment for biometrics capture that includes fingerprint, iris scan, and front-facing photograph.
Step 3: Physical ID cards will be issued. It’s stored with a 12-digit PhilSys number or personal serial number (PSN) and a 16-digit PhilSys card number (PCN).
Where are the physical registration centers?
According to the PSA website, the government will have fixed and mobile registration centers nationwide. They are coordinating with local government units (LGUs), other agencies, and the private sector to determine strategic locations. These locations are yet to be announced on their website and social media pages.
What are the requirements?
Below is a list of requirements you need to submit. You should be presenting an original copy of at least one of the following:
- PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth AND one (1) government-issued identification document which bears full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumb mark.
- DFA-issued Philippine Passport or ePassport;
- GSIS or SSS-issued Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card (UMID);
- Land Transportation Office (LTO)-issued Student’s License Permit or Non-Professional/Professional Driver’s License
- PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth/NSO-issued Certificate of Live Birth with Birth Reference Number (BreN)
- LCRO-issued Certificate of Live Birth
- PSA-issued Report of Birth
- PSA-issued Certificate of Foundling
- Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Identification Card
- Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID
- Seaman’s Book
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID
- Senior Citizen’s ID
- SSS ID
- Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ID
- License to Own or Possess Firearms (LTOPF) ID
- NBI Clearance
- Police Clearance/ID
- Solo Parent’s ID
- PWD ID
- Voter’s ID
- Postal ID
- Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) ID
- Philhealth ID
- Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA)-issued Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)
- National ID from other countries
- Residence ID from other countries
Don’t have those? You can submit these for secondary supporting documents as long as it has your picture, signature/thumbmark, full name, address, and date of birth:
- Employee ID
- School ID
- Barangay Clearance/Certificate
- Barangay ID
- City/Municipal ID
How much will does it cost to get a PhilID?
When can the remaining population register?
How long will your ID be valid for?
PSA also reminds everyone that the PhilSys ID is not a substitute or a replacement for existing functional IDs like passports and driver’s licenses. It’s simply there to serve as a valid proof of identity and “for easier accessibility and application for eligibility to social welfare programs and benefits from the government.”
Am I required to get a national ID?
You can check out PSA’s official website or follow the official PSA Philippine Identification System Facebook page for more information.
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