GUIDE: How to Get UMID Card Online in 2023
Mar 16, 2023   •   Kyzia Maramara
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Mar 16, 2023   •   Kyzia Maramara
If you don’t have a government ID yet and you’re thinking of which one to get first, you might want to apply for the Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card. It’s one of the easiest government cards to apply for, convenient even for fresh graduates. To find out how you can get one, check out our guide below.
Note: UMID card applications are suspended nationwide until further notice due to a system problem, according to SSS.
Why should you bother applying for this ID? Having a UMID card gives you access to enjoy its many benefits. You can use your UMID card as:
With all its functions and benefits, it’s one of the most powerful Philippine government IDs you can have. You can go ahead and skip collecting all the IDs from GSIS, SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG as long as you have your UMID card.
You can apply for an ID if you:
Both GSIS and SSS members are required to present the following:
You can either schedule your appointment online via the My.SSS portal or in person at an SSS branch with a UMID enrollment facility.
Here are a few steps for the online application:
If you prefer walk-ins, you can visit your chosen SSS branch with a UMID enrollment facility. But before you visit any branch, keep in mind that SSS is implementing a Branch Number Coding system. There are designated days of the week based on the 10th digit of your SS or Employer (ER) ID number:
On the day of your appointment, make sure you’ve got your UMID application form and valid IDs ready. Proceed to your chosen SSS branch and have an officer validate and record your documents.
Next, you will be ushered to the ID and Biometric Capture booth where personnel will take your photo, fingerprints, and digital signature. Afterward, you will be shown what your actual UMID will look like. Make sure to double-check your details to avoid printed errors.
The delivery or pick-up schedule of UMID cards varies although personnel will say it’s normally ready within 30 days after application. However, SSS has previously dealt with delays in the production and issuance of UMID, so prepare for a long wait just in case. SSS will send its members a notification via mobile number or email address once the cards are ready for pick-up.
Once you have your card, you can activate it at an SSS self-service kiosk or at any GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GW@PS) kiosk.
If you’re about to apply for your UMID card or you’re still processing yours, consider upgrading to a UMID ATM Pay Card until April 30, 2023 for a chance to win a Mitsubishi Xpander. Other prizes include Php 200 Jollibee e-gift certificates and three units of iPhone 14, According to SSS, members with pending UMID cards can upgrade for free.
No, it won’t. Once you’re issued a UMID card, it’s valid for a lifetime. Unlike PRC IDs and driver’s licenses, with a UMID card, you won’t have to stand in long lines at government offices every few years.
UMID cards are free for first-time applications. But if you lose it and you’re applying to get another one, you’ll have to pay a Php 200 replacement fee.
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