Ever tried registering for a bank account only to end up leaving empty-handed? I’ve been there. It turns out that countless Pinoys go through the same problem, either because they don’t carry around multiple valid IDs or they have none at all. Due to issues like this, the Philippine government has started putting together the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys); the system will grant Filipino citizens and non-Filipino residents of the country a Philippine National ID (PhilID).
As of 17 Apr 2021, over 30 million Filipinos have already accomplished the first step to registering for the Philippine National ID. PhilSys aims to register at least 70 million individuals by the end of 2021. In order to help reach this goal, they introduced online registration on 30 Apr 2021. However, technical difficulties ensued after they received over 40,000 registration requests just minutes into the pilot launch.
“We are urgently looking into the issue and updating the website to resolve this technical challenge,” PhilSys announced on their official Facebook page. “We will provide an update on our PhilSys Facebook page as soon as the website is once again operational.”
Why apply for a Philippine national ID?
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), “The PhilID is a foundational ID which serves as a valid proof of identity which would help ease transactions with both government and private sector through easier validation and authentication of identity.” (In other words, the goal is to do away with the need to present other valid forms of identification.)
It will ease both private and government-related transactions
The PhilID will serve as a valid ID for both Filipinos and non-Filipinos residing in the Philippines, and will officially consolidate other previously issued government IDs. These include SSS, PAG-IBIG, PhilHealth, passport, voter’s registration, TIN, and driver’s license numbers.
PhilID registration is free
Registration for the Philippine National ID will be completely free of charge. Fees will only apply for replacement due to damage or loss; however, fees will be waived for holders of a Certificate of Indigency, so long as they can present their certificates.
For Filipino cardholders, the PhilID has no expiration date
Yes, you read that right — Filipinos will enjoy lifelong validity once registered for the Philippine National ID. For resident aliens, on the other hand, validity will only last for one year.
For both cases, the PhilID is permanent. Each individual will be assigned a 12-digit PhilSys number or personal serial number (PSN) and a 16-digit PhilSys card number (PCN).
How to register for the Philippine National ID
According to the PSA, Philippine National ID registration just takes three simple steps.
Step one: Collection of demographic information
As of 30 Apr 2021, resident Filipinos may accomplish step one online. (However, at the time of writing, the system is still undergoing technical difficulties.)
The following information will be asked of you:
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Blood type
- Optional information: Marital status, cellphone number, email address
After submitting your information, you may set an appointment for step two at the registration centre closest to you.
Note: For those who have already completed the first step through house-to-house collection, there is no need to register online. Please wait for details for step two to be sent to you via the contact details you provided.
Step two: Capturing of biometric information
This step must be done in person. Don’t forget to bring a copy of your transaction number and the necessary supporting documents:
- PSA-issued birth certificate
- One government-issued ID which bears your full name, front-facing photograph,and signature or thumbprint
The following biometric information will be captured:
- Iris scan
- Front-facing photograph
- Validation of supporting documents
Step three: Issuance of PhilSys Number (PSN) and PhilID
Your PhilID will be delivered straight to your doorstep via PHLPost. PhilSys reminds everyone not to post photos of their IDs on social media upon receiving them, as they contain personal information.
While it will certainly take time before the Philippine National ID system is fully implemented, we highly encourage you to register for yours as soon as possible. For updates and more information, visit the PSA Philippine Identification System’s official Facebook page.
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