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Everything You Need To Know About Registering For A National ID

Including the requirements you need to prepare and some tips to take note of.
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On April 30, 2021, the Philippine Statistics Authority launched the online registration for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys)According to RA No. 11055, which President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law in August 2018, the system will be "the government's central identification platform for all citizens and resident aliens." In general, the primary purpose of PhilSys is to make the operations of public and social services more efficient and effective. Once a Filpino citizen or a resident alien has succuessfully registered through this system, they will be given a PhilSys Number (PSN) and a PhilID (or more commonly known as the National ID). Note: These two are very different things! The former is a unique 12-digit permanent identification number while the latter is a physical card that can be used as valid proof of identity.

Now one of the questions you're probably asking right now is if everyone is required to register for the Philippine Identification System. The short answer is no, but since the PhilSys will be used mainly for government services (ex. passport applications, bank account applications, and more), it's still best to apply. Keep reading to know more about the registration process.

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Here's a guide to the steps involved in the National ID registration. 

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the PhilSys registration consists of three major steps: 

  1. Submission of demographic data and scheduling of appointment for Step Two
  2. Validation of demographic data and capturing of biometric information
  3. Issuance of PhilSys Number (PSN) and PhilID
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Step One: Submission of demographic data and scheduling of appointment for Step Two

  1. One great thing about the National ID registration is that Step One can be done online, in the comfort of your own home. First, visit the PhilSys web portal at register.philsys.gov.ph. On the home page, you'll see a welcome message. Go through it and click "Proceed."
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  2. You'll then be directed to a page that will ask you to enter your email address or mobile number. After providing your preferred contact details, click "Send OTP."
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  3. Wait for the One-Time Passcode (OTP) that will be sent to you via email or text message. Once you receive it, enter the six-digit number and click "Verify."
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  4. As soon as your email address or mobile number is verified, the next step is to fill out the online application form.
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    Note: You'll be asked for the following information:
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  5. Click "Next" to proceed with the preview and booking of your appointment for Step Two.
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Step Two: Validation of demographic data and capturing of biometric information

Unlike Step One, Step Two of the National ID registration requires you to physically go to a registration center. (While there are some Robinsons Malls that can accommodate Step Two, you can check out the full list of sites by visiting the PSA Philippine Identification System's Facebook page.) At the site, you'll be asked to provide the following: your appointment slip or a printed copy/screenshot of your your Appointment Reference Number (ARN), and documents for validation. This is also where capturing of your biometric information will take place. 

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As an applicant, you must bring an original copy of any of the following National ID registration requirements. These documents will be verified by the registration staff. 

  • PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth AND one government-issued identification document which shows your full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumb mark.

  • Philippine Passport or ePassport issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA);

  • 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

The National ID registration quirements mentioned above are usually the most basic ones presented, but if you don't have any of them, you may bring an original copy of any of the following secondary documents instead:

  • 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

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  • 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

The following documents will also be accepted, as long as they have a front-facing photograph, signature/thumbmark, full name, permanent address, and date of birth.

  • Employee ID

  • School ID

  • Barangay Clearance/Certificate

  • Barangay ID

  • City/Municipal ID

Capturing of biometric information

Once your documents have been verified, the next step is getting your biometrics. Pro tip: Before you even leave your house to go to the registration center, make sure that you're wearing proper attire! Try not to wear sleeveless tops or clothes that show too much skin, avoid heavy makeup, and remove ALL of your accessories. Sorry, no earrings and necklaces for now. Colored contact lenses aren't allowed either, and only the clear ones are accepted. Obviously, since the registration center is a public place and will be filled with several people, don't forget to follow the safety protocols. Wear your mask at all times and practice social distancing. 

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From the validation of documents, you'll be led to the biometrics station where the registration staff will first show you your demographic data. Once you've confirmed that the information displayed is correct, they'll proceed with doing an iris scan, fingerprint scan, and capturing a front-facing photograph. Heads up: Your hair must be fully tucked behind your ears. And most importantly, you're not allowed to smile! 

After getting your biometrics, the registration staff will once again show your demographic data. Double check each section to make sure that all the information is correct. Once that's done, you'll be given a *super important* document which is the transaction slipThis is what you'll use to receive your PhilSys Number (PSN) and PhilID which will be delivered by the PHLPost to your preferred address. (For your safety, do NOT take photos of your transaction slip and post it on social media! Remember: It contains *a lot* of your personal information.) Depending on the number of people at the site, Step Two usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

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Step three: Issuance of PhilSys Number and PhilID

When you've already completed Steps One and Two, the waiting game begins. There's no official announcement as to how long it will take to process your PhilID after Step Two, but just be ready to show your transaction slip to the PHLPost once they deliver it to you. As of July 2, 2021, one million PhilIDs have already been released and 343,742 PhilIDs have been delivered nationwide.

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