Philippines National ID registration

Here’s Everything That You Need To Know About The National ID!

In August 2018, the president signed the National ID Law to streamline the national identification system reducing corruption, enhancing governance, and serving as a tool to keep the public safe. The Philippine Identification System (Philsys) implementation is on the horizon, and the initial registration has already begun back in  October 2020. 

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Aug. 23, 2023

The government aims to distribute all digital copies of the national ID (ePhilID) by year-end, under the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) project, which President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. closely monitors. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Arsenio Balisacan stated that many Filipinos are still awaiting their IDs despite registering for PhilSys.

The project includes physical IDs, printable ePhilIDs, and digital ePhilIDs, with the government prioritizing digital distribution before physical. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) leads the digital ID effort, while the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) handles physical ID production.

Completing the national ID project is vital to reduce transaction costs for both government and private sectors and improve the efficiency of social protection programs. With digital IDs, income transfers for social programs like the food stamp initiative can be securely delivered, eliminating issues such as double benefits or ghost beneficiaries.

The various formats of PhilIDs contain demographic and biometric data, including a unique identifier, basic information, a photograph, and a QR code. The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has urged government offices to accept all PhilID formats issued by the PSA to enhance bureaucratic efficiency.

Aug. 2, 2023

The Philippine Statistics Authority announced that more Filipinos who registered for the national ID will receive their physical cards by the end of 2023, aiming to surpass the 50 million printing mark, with over 80.2 million people registered. Currently, 36 million have received physical cards, and 39.49 million have obtained electronic versions (ePhilIDs), which serve the same purpose. Initially limited to printing 80,000 cards daily, the PSA faced challenges due to the high number of registrants.

Oct. 10, 2022

You can download a printable version of your National ID in case you still haven’t received your plastic card. People who have finished the registration process simply have to go to the PhilSys website, agree to the privacy notice, enter your reference number and other important details. 

A mobile app for the National ID is also on the works and is slated to come out early 2023. This would serve as a digital alternative to those who still haven’t received their physical ID yet and haven’t printed out a copy.

July 26, 2022

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is aiming to issue a total of 50 million ID cards by the end of the year 2022 following the directives of the current President Ferdinand Marcos during his State of the Nation Address. 

30 million physical cards will be distributed while 20 million will be digital PhilIDs which will be available in different formats such as mobile, downloadable and printed. 

Low income individuals will be prioritized for the printable version to provide them with easier access to financial and social services especially during the pandemic to allow them to open bank accounts and be able to receive government assistance digitally.

February 28, 2022

President Duterte issued  Executive Order 162 institutionalizing the acceptance of the National ID or Philippine Identification System (System) number as sufficient proof in government and private transactions. The Duterte administration’s aim to reduce red tape in government transactions is supported by EO 162, this was also done to encourage Filipinos to open bank accounts.


October 14, 2021

1.  SM Supermalls has started to accept Philsys ID (PhilID) card for transactions that require valid IDs such as remittance, currency exchange, and credit card transactions.

2. The delivery of PhilID may take up to six months due to the massive number of registration the PSA is currently processing.

3. As of August 24, 2021 the Philippine Postal Corporation, the official delivery partner of PSA, has already delivered 1,048,255 PhilID cards nationwide, and in NCR alone over 1 million Filipinos have been registered.

4. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has announced that it is developing a mobile version of PhilSys, the country’s National Identification Card.  Read more about it below!

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Now that it’s finally launched, here is everything that you need to know about it!

How to apply for the national ID (Philsys)?

The procedure for the registration is based on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Republic Act No. 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act are as follows:

1. Register your information in PSA’s online portal for national ID registration and choose an appointment date and the branch nearest you.

The information you only need to register are the following:

  • Full name
  • Sex
  • Date and place of birth
  • Blood type
  • Address

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Optional information like marital status, mobile number, and email address will also be collected.

2. Gather all the required documents.

What are the requirements for the National ID registration?

  • Birth Certificate issued by PSA (formerly NSO) and one government-issued ID which contains the applicant’s full name, photo, and signature or thumb mark; or
  • Valid Philippine passport
  • Unified Multi-purpose Identification (UMID) card issued by SSS or GSIS; or
  • Other equivalent documents approved by the PSA.

3. Go to the registration center you’ve chosen in step 1. Submit all your documents for validation and have your Biometric information captured (which includes a front-facing photograph, fingerprints, and an iris scan). 

Applicants below five years of age are not required to have their biometrics taken, a front-facing photo would already suffice.

Where to apply for a National ID?

Applicants will have to visit the following offices in their region:

  • Regional and provincial offices of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • Civil Registry Office (LCRO) in each city or municipality
  • Any Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) branch
  • Any Social Security System (SSS) branch
  • Any Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) branch
  • Any Pag-IBIG or Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) branch
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC) local or provincial office
  • Any Postal office (under PHL Post or Philippine Postal Corporation)
  • Other government agencies or GOCCs may be assigned by the PSA.

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The PSA said that it would set up fixed and mobile registration centers in strategic locations. They are currently, coordinating with LGUs, government agencies, and the private sector to determine these locations.

4. Philsys Number (PSN) will be generated by the system for the applicant. However, if biometric and demographic information isn’t unique (or found to have a duplicate), further verification will be conducted by the PSA, and the PSN will not be generated yet.

5. Once the verification is complete and a PSN has already been issued, you will just have to wait for your National ID (Philsys) to be delivered to your registered address via Philpost.

After how many days will you get your PhilID Card?

As of now, the door-to-door delivery of physical PhilID cards may take SIX MONTHS  at the most from the time you’ve completed the Step 2 registration process or the face-to-face biometrics capture according to PSA Assistant Secretary Rosalinda Bautista.

What is the National ID system?

The bill that enacted a centralized identification system of Filipino citizens and residents states that the national ID system of the country will be called the “Philippine Identification System” or “Philsys.” It’s a single ID card that can be used as proof of identification for all transactions in the country, whether it’s by a government agency or a private institution. Once this is implemented, Filipinos both here and abroad (OFWs and Dual Citizens) will be required to register.

How does it work?

In this national ID system or the Philsys, the person should declare his or her name according to his or her birth certificate, photograph, gender, blood type, and signature. The ID will come with its unique serial number, which will be called the Philsys Number (PSN). The reference number will be issued by the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA).

What information will be stored here?

This tamper-proof ID will be housing a smart chip that contains unique information associated with a person like his biometrics, iris scan, facial image reception code, and many other distinguishing features.

Other government-issued identification numbers such as the following will also be associated with the person’s designated CRN:

  • SSS
  • Pag-IBIG
  • PhilHealth
  • Passport number
  • Voter’s registration
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Driver’s license number

Who are eligible to get one?

All Filipino citizens are automatically eligible to get a National ID, including Overseas Filipino Workers, dual citizens residing in another country, and even resident aliens (foreigners) – though theirs would only be valid for 1 year only.

Data privacy and confidentiality

Legislators who opposed this move by the government were concerned about the safety of everyone’s personal information from data leaks and other security attacks. However, Sol Aragones, the committee chairperson assured the public that the only agency that will have access to the information will be the PSA.

The bill made it clear that the information in the Philsys, despite being in the safekeeping of the PSA, cannot be disclosed to any requesting agencies without the consent of the ID holder, unless it falls under the following situations:

  • In cases of accidents or disasters, where the ID holder’s medical history is needed by medical workers
  • When the interest of public health or safety requires the data
  • A court orders the data to be divulged

The bill also states that PSA, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the National Privacy Commission must implement measures that will guarantee the safekeeping of the information.

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Mobile or digital version of the National ID

The PSA has announced that they are working on making a digital version of the National ID which will be linked to the actual one and in turn can be used in the absence of the physical card. They’re planning to make it available after completing the whole registration process so that Filipinos can use their Philsys immediately while waiting for the physical card to arrive.

This mobile version will be called PhilID. It can be activated by linking the generated 12-digit PhilSys Number (PSN) to the mobile ID version.

The PSA hasn’t announced a specific date of its launch, but they hinted that it will be available early next year.

We will update this section once more information on the PhilID will be available.

The benefits of a national ID system

The main goal of this ID system is to streamline transactions, lower the cost of government-related ID applications, and ease and convenience for all transactions. How does it work?

  1. Streamlined information

With a single ID for everything, all the information about a citizen is associated with his or her national ID number or CRN. From the basic personal information like birthday, address, the phone number to your driving records, criminal records, and loans, a national ID system will provide access to this information to relevant agencies authorized by the person. This will not only streamline information but also transactions with the government or private organizations.

  1. No need for other “valid IDs”

Filipinos are probably one of the most ID-ed people in the world. Currently, we have separate IDs for different government offices like SSS, Philhealth, Pag-IBIG, and even for our tax and voter registration. While it makes sense to have a separate ID for each because they are after all different agencies of the government, it would be practical and more efficient if they’re all associated with a single ID.

Once a national ID system is in place, the government and private agencies will no longer need other IDs to verify a person’s identity. Verification can already be done easily through the automated system which will come together with the implementation of the Philsys. From airports to banks, there’s no need for you to stress about bringing several valid IDs just to get your transactions going (which is a typical scenario in the country).

  1. Faster ID verification

The provision of the Philsys will guarantee a fool-proof and highly secured process of identification according to Arnie A Teves Jr, a congressman. This will be made possible with the government’s initiative to gradually install biometric machines in all of its relevant agencies. Your trip to SSS, Philhealth, Pag-IBIG, or whatever government agency will be less of a hassle once the national ID system is in place.

How much does it cost?

Initial application and renewal shall be free of charge for both local and resident aliens. Replacements due to loss, damage, or change of entries will be subject to a fee that has not been disclosed by PSA yet. However, indigent citizens who can provide a Certificate of Indigency shall be exempted from the applicable fees.

  • How do you track the status of the availability of your national ID?

Applicants will have different ways of tracking the status of their ID. One would be through the official social media accounts of the PSA (Facebook), through the official website of the Philippine Postal Corp (PHLPost) by using the transaction number indicated on the transaction slip given to you after finishing the application. 

You can also visit the local post office in your area to check the availability of your card as there have been reports of individuals claiming their National IDs on the aforementioned office.

If in case you lose or misplace your transaction slip, you will still be able to claim your National ID by simply presenting any valid ID (barangay clearance not included) during delivery or upon pickup. Examples of government-issued IDs or other valid IDs to use are the following:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Certificate of Live Birth
  • School ID
  • Employee ID
  • Police/NBI Clearance
  • PWD ID
  • TIN ID
  • Postal ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • Philhealth ID
  • PRC ID
  • Voter’s ID

How will it impact your banking experience?

Identification plays an important role in managing your finances through your bank account. When you pay using your credit card, establishments will ask for a valid ID before running your card to charge you. When you do a transaction in a bank, you’ll need various IDs to verify your identity. With a more streamlined process of verifying a person’s identity through the Philsys, the experience will be more seamless.

1. Prevention against identity theft and fraud

It has been made clear that together with the national ID system, biometric machines will be installed in relevant government agencies. Also, state-of-the-art technology is used for the national ID to make sure that it cannot be replicated or used by others.

The smart chip embedded in the ID will contain unique information associated with a person like his biometrics, iris scan, facial image reception code, and many other distinguishing features.
This will reduce identity theft, especially when it comes to availing of banking or credit products, which can have dire consequences for the victims.

This security measure may not happen immediately once the Philsys is implemented, but once the system, its infrastructure, and the technology have been fully established, people will surely reap the security benefits that come with it.

2. Financial inclusion for everyone

During the summit on Financial Inclusion in the Digital Economy hosted by the ADB, according to Rochelle Tomas, the Inclusive Finance Advocacy officer of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), “One of the key barriers to financial inclusion in the country is the lack of a universal national ID and private industry has also identified it as one of the major costs in getting people on-board the financial system”

Currently, BSP has a very strict policy when it comes to opening a bank account in the country. It requires at least one photo ID together with other proofs of identification. While employed individuals could easily obtain valid photo IDs such as an SSS ID or UMID, and other official documents to verify their identity; the unemployed population, on the other hand, does not have access to those. With a national ID system coming close to its implementation, it will be a lot easier for the unemployed and unbanked Filipino to start banking.

As the country’s ID system heads towards a streamlined and automated process, everyone will benefit from it in a number of ways. Not only will it cut the unnecessarily bureaucratic process in many public and private agencies short, but it will also make many services from the private sector more inclusive to more Filipinos. Philsys will make day-to-day transactions of Filipinos less of a headache.

To know more about Philsys, you can check out the government’s dedicated bulletin for it more up-to-date information.

This article was originally published in August 2018 and is updated to keep information relevant and up to date.


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