Your PhilSys ID: Up, Close, and Personal

Last week, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) detailed the different features of the Philippine Identification Card or the PhilID in their website.  The government has started delivering the physical IDs of those who have completed steps 1 and 2 of the registration process. Now that the PSA has made the registration available online, more Filipinos are encouraged to accomplish step 1 and book their slots at designated stations for step 2 (biometrics collection) so they can also be generated their very own PhilID.

In today’s blog, I’d like to share the features of the PhilID as detailed by the PSA. This article appeared on the PSA’s website last week, Manila Day (June 24). I hope this helps in convincing you to go and get your very own PhilID as soon as possible.

Overt Features on the frontside of the ID:

  1. Republic of the Philippines Seal
  2. Card Headers
  3. PhilSys Registry Office Seal
  4. PhilSys Card Number
  5. Personalized Data and Labels
  6. Guilloche Design
  7. Personalized Picture
  8. Ghost Image
  9. Diffractive Optically Variable Image Device
  10. Pantone Image.

Covert Features on the frontside of the ID:

  1. Color shifting print
  2. Microprint
  3. Guilloche design

Overt Features at the back of the ID:

  1. Guilloche design
  2. Personalized data and labels
  3. QR code
  4. Card serial number

Covert features at the back of the ID:

  1. Latent image
  2. UV Florescent Images
  3. PhilSys number (PSN) microprinted
  4. Guilloche design

The front-facing photograph shall be taken on-site after one registers online and books an appointment through This is part of the biometrics information that shall be collected from every person that applies for a national ID.

The card’s security lies on the covert features mentioned above — these are the ID’s details that cannot be replicated to ensure its authenticity.

The front card design showcases the PhilSys Card Number (PCN) which serves as the serial number for the physical ID card and is different from the registrant’s PhilSys Number (PSN). If you lose your ID and request for a new one, you will be given a new PCN but your PSN shall remain the same. It is similar to the card number on your ATM card and your bank account number: should you change your ATM card, you will be issued a new one with a new card number, but your bank account number will still be the same.

The back design of the PhilID includes the cardholder’s demographic information such as their sex, blood type, marital status, and place of birth. It also displays the QR code, a barcode for the card’s serial number, and a microprint of the PSN.

Getting a PhilID is free of charge, all you have to do is finish the 2-step registration process and your ID will be delivered to you by your friendly PHLPost mailman. This ID shall be acknowledged as a primary identification by government agencies and private establishments such as banks, money remittance centers, insurance companies, schools, etc.

Get yours now!



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