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Step-By-Step: How To Apply For A Philippine Postal ID

It's one government ID that all Filipinos are eligible to apply for.
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When it comes to the wonderful world of ~*adulting*~, one thing you will always need is a valid government ID. In case you haven't noticed yet, you submit/present it for all kinds of things—job applications, bank transactions, travel requirements, and more. Now you probably already have a passport, National ID, and/or driver's license. But have you ever considered getting a Postal ID? If you haven't yet, we totally recommend that you do! It's one government ID that all Filipinos are eligible to apply for, and the best part is, it's valid for three years. Keep reading to know more.

What is a Postal ID and why should you get one?

According to their official Facebook page, "The Postal ID is the government identification card [that is] most available to all. Infused with multi-level security features, it is issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation to safeguard the identity of the cardholders, and combat fraudulent activities." Postal IDs are great because they're recognized nationwide and worldwide. They're accepted by several government agencies, banks, and remittance centers, too. 

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Here's a step-by-step guide to the Philippine Postal ID application.

Step One: Visit the official Philippine Postal ID website and download the application form.

When you get to the homepage of the Philippine Postal ID website, click on "How To Apply." From there, you can download the application form for a Postal ID card. (You may also access the form by clicking here.) And in case you can't download the file online, application forms are also available in all post offices nationwide.

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You'll be required to provide details such as your full name, contact number, home address, email address, occupation, and more. Double check each section to make sure that all the information is correct! 

Step Two: Prepare the original copy and photocopy of the following requirements:

  • Two copies of the accomplished Postal ID application form

  • One proof of identity

  • One proof of address

The following documents can be presented as proof of identity:

  • Birth Certificate Issued by NSO or Local Civil Registry
  • GSIS or SSS UMID Card
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Valid Passport

If you don't have any of the requirements above for proof of identity, you may submit any two of the following documents instead. Take note that at least one of these must have the applicant's photo and signature.

  • BIR ID
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Certificate of Birth
  • College or Post-Graduate Transcript of Records
  • Confirmation Certificate
  • Elementary or High School Form 137
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Valid Alumni ID
  • Valid Basic Postal ID
  • Valid College, School, or University ID
  • Valid Company ID
  • Valid Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID
  • Valid NBI Clearance
  • Valid OWWA ID
  • Valid Pag-Ibig ID
  • Valid PhilHealth ID
  • Valid PRC ID
  • Valid Paper-based Postal ID
  • Valid Police Clearance
  • Valid Seaman’s Book
  • Valid Senior Citizen ID
  • Valid Tax Identification Number Card
  • Valid Voter's ID

The following documents can be presented as proof of address:

  • Barangay Certificate of Residency issued within three months prior to Postal ID application
  • Certified True Copy of Lease
  • Certified True Copy of Titles issued by the Land Registration Authority (LRA)
  • Certified True Copy of Real Estate Tax Receipt
  • Bank Statement
  • Credit Card Statement
  • School Billing Statement
  • Utility Bill (cable, electric, internet, landline, telephone, water)

Step Three: Proceed to any post office. Submit your requirements and settle the payment for processing.

Once you have all the necessary documents, you can go to your nearest post office to submit them for approval. Heads up: You will need to pay a total amount of P504 for your Postal ID. (If you're curious about the breakdown, the Postal ID card and delivery fee cost P450, and there's an additional 12 percent VAT of P50.)

Step Four: Go to your nearest ID Capture Station.

As soon as your requirements are approved, the next step is to proceed to an ID Capture Station. Here, your photo, fingerprints, and signature will be taken. Right now, there are 206 ID Capture Stations all over the country. Some are located in malls, while others are conveniently placed in post offices in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. If you need your Postal ID ASAP, there are also ID Capture Stations that can accommodate rush applications.


Step Five: Wait for your Postal ID in the mail.

After you finish the data capture process, the waiting game begins. Depending on where you live, the number of days it'll take to process and deliver your ID will vary. If you're a resident within Metro Manila, your waiting time will take about 10 to 15 working days from the date of your application. For those who live in other major cities, municipalities, island provinces, and remote barangays, you can expect your ID in about four to five weeks.

Watch the video below to know more about the Philippine Postal ID. 

For more details, visit the official website of the Philippine Postal ID. Check out their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for more updates. 


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