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PhilSys National ID: Everything You Need to Know

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The Philippine Identification System Act (Republic Act No. 11055) is finally in motion. Getting to secure the country’s official National ID means you get to streamline various day-to-day processes. As a single proof of identity set to centralize everything, it simplifies life: making registering, applying and reapplying at countless public and private establishments easier and more seamless. 


A simple one-time registration is required. Application is free. And ID validity has no expiry. Ahead, get to know the basics of the Philippine National ID System and find out how you can register for your National ID.



What is the Philippine National ID?

An integral part of the Philippine Identification System (or PhilSys for short), the National ID serves as the government’s unified, centralized form of identification for Filipino citizens and resident aliens.



This ID contains a 12-digit number unique to each individual as well as the following personal information: full name, gender, date of birth, home address, blood type and civil status.


Who can register for a National ID?

Registration is open to Filipino citizens living in the Philippines or abroad and of all ages. Those that hold multiple citizenships and foreign nationals that have lived in the Philippines for more than six months are also eligible to apply.


Where can I register?

Eligible citizens can register by first filling out the form online via register.philsys.gov.ph. Here, they must book and schedule an in-person appointment to complete the process. This last leg is where biometric information is captured including a fingerprint scan, iris scan and the taking of a front-facing photograph.


To find a registration center near you, visit the PhilSys website. Registration at select SM malls is also available.


What should I bring to my appointment?

Eligible registrants must bring any of the following primary documents:

  • 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 and one (1) government-issued identification document which bears your full name, front-facing photograph and your signature or thumb mark


If the above documents are unavailable, Filipino registrants can bring any of the following secondary documents:

  • 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 Regulatory 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


Are there any fees involved?

Since registering for the National ID is free, there are no fees involved. In cases of damage or loss, however, citizens will have to shoulder an ID replacement fee.


What happens after registration?

After successfully registering, await the delivery of your PhilSys Number (PSN) and later, your official PhilID, which should be delivered to your indicated address. Your transaction slip or any valid ID will be needed by the courier for verification purposes.


Got a registration center in your area? Sign up today to secure your National ID. For more information and the latest updates, you can also visit the PhilSys official website or like PSA Philippine Identification System on Facebook.


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