How many times did you have to dig in your bag or wallet to look for “at least two valid government-issued IDs”? You know how annoying it is to have to come up with two IDs that have your photograph and signature on it for even the most mundane of errands such as claiming a pera-padala or applying for home internet services. What if you do not have “at least two government-issued IDs”?
Well, worry no more.
On Valentine’s Day, the president signed Executive Order No. 162 stating that the printed or electronic Philippine Identification (PhilID) and the corresponding PhilSys Number (PSN) shall now be honored in all transactions that would normally require valid government-issued IDs, or other types of identification and documents (PSA birth certificate) as proof of identity.
This means that our PhilID shall fully satisfy requirements for valid IDs as proof of our identity and age. Whether we are transacting with a private office such as a bank or a school, or with a government agency such as SSS, Pag-IBIG, or GSIS, we need only to present our PhilID as proof of our identity.
The Philippine Identification (PhilID)
Our PhilID is a lifetime ID; it does not expire. You may update it over time (change of address or civil status) but your PSN shall remain the same. It may be presented in place of your PSA birth certificate such as when you are applying for a marriage license, a student driving permit, enrolling in school, or registering as a voter with the COMELEC.
Will all my other government-issued IDs be invalid once I have a PhilSys ID?
No. All your other government-issued IDs will not lose validity and shall still be accepted as proof of your identity, age, and marital status. If a person does not have a PhilSys ID but has other valid government-issued IDs, they may continue using these IDs as proof of their identity. You must understand, though, that the reason the PhilSys ID is implemented is to promote “seamless delivery ” of public social services. If you register for a PhilSys ID and use it, you help the government streamline their processes without sacrificing transparency. And you save yourself the trouble of bringing several IDs wherever you go.
How do I get a PhilID?
Glad you asked. You may check my previous blogs to get the full details for Steps 1 and 2 of the registration process; click this link to see the blog. Also, I noticed that most of the Step 2 registration facilities at Greenhills Shopping Center and Trinoma no longer have long lines of people waiting to sign up. You might want to try those areas for when you are ready for the second step of your ID registration.