National ID in the Philippines|What you need to know

The National ID in the Philippines will provide valid proof of identity for all citizens and resident aliens as a means of simplifying public and private transactions.

The Philippine System Identification Act or PhilSys Act (RA 11055) was signed into law by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on August 6, 2018. This act aims to establish a central identification platform for all the Filipino Citizens and Resident Aliens of the Philippines. This is what they call the “Philsys” or the Philippine Identification System.

The aim is to establish a single identification system to promote seamless service delivery, enhance administrative governance, reduce corruption, strengthen financial inclusion, and promote ease of doing business.

National I.D Sample
National I.D Sample


What Information is included under the PhilSys?

Information will include the following:

 Demographic Data

  • Full Name
  • Sex
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Blood Type
  • Address
  • Filipino or Resident Alien
  • Marital Status (optional)
  • Mobile number (optional)
  • Email address (optional)

Biometric Information

  • Front Facing Photograph
  • Full set of fingerprints
  • Iris scan

Where can I register for a National I.D?

Read: National ID Registration Online Guide

Once operational, applicants may visit the following registration centers in the Philippines to apply to get the Phil ID:

  • PSA Regional and Provincial Offices
  • Local Civil Registry Offices (LCROs)
  • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
  • Social Security System (SSS)
  • Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)
  • Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF)
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC)
  • Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost)
  • Other government agencies and GOCCS as may be assigned by PSA

Uses of Philippine ID

Application for eligibility/services and access to:

  • Social welfare and benefits granted by the government
  • passports, driver’s license
  • tax-related transactions
  • admission in schools/government hospitals
  • opening of bank accounts
  • registration and voting purposes
  • transactions for employment purposes
  • cardholder’s criminal records and clearances 
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What are the requirements needed?

An Application form should be filled out in any designated registration center. This shall be supported by original documents of any of the following:

  • Original copy of 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; or
  • Unified Multi-purpose Identification or UMID card issued by SSS or GSIS; or
  • Other equivalent documents are approved by the PSA.

Resident foreigners also need to present their Alien Certificate of Registration or ACR ID during application.

How much should I pay?

The initial application and issuance shall be free of charge to all Filipino citizens.

Can OFW apply for the National ID?

For Overseas Filipino Workers, registration will be made in the nearest Philippine Embassy or Philippine Foreign Post or other designated registration Centers.

When will the Registration start?

The pilot testing for the National Id started already for PSA employees and DSWD beneficiaries. It will continue until the mid of 2020. This is to ensure smooth and effective processing of ID. It will also point out mistakes easily and will be able to correct them immediately.

For the public registration, PSA announces that it will be bound to start in June 2020. While OFW can register by 2021.

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