Category: The National ID

9 Sept 6

Did you know that the government, through the Philippine Identification System or PhilSys, will capture all transactions you will make using your national ID?

Here are more facts about the national ID that we found in Rappler and are excited to share with you.

  1. The PhilSys centralizes all personal information of Filipino citizens and resident aliens; these are defined individually through the national ID or Philippine ID and the assignment of a PhilSys Number or PSN. The PSN shall authenticate the ID holder’s identity in all transactions with the government or private establishments. These include your application for driver’s license, passport, tax-related transactions, voter’s registration, school applications and enrollment, and bank transactions.
  2. With your national ID, you no longer need to show other IDs just to prove your identity. Providing your PSN will be considered sufficient proof of identity.
  3. You can register in person at any of the following offices, just bring a copy of your PSA birth certificate and one other government-issued ID with your photo full name, and signature or thumb mark. If you are not a citizen of the Philippines, bring proof of residence.
  • PSA Regional and Provincial offices
  • Local Civil Registry Offices
  • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
  • Social Security System (SSS)
  • Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)
  • Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-IBIG)
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC)
  • Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost)
  • Other government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) assigned by the Philippine Statistics Agency.
  1. Pinoys living abroad may also register for the PhilSys ID at the Philippine embassy in their area or any registration center designated by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
  2. The pilot test registration shall run from September 2019 until June 2021 and will involve biometric and demographic capturing processes. Once the system is stable, operations will expand to cover select groups from nearby regions like Central Luzon and CALABARZON.
  3. Registration will be open to the public by July 2020 while overseas-based Pinoys may start registering by 2021.
  4. The primary requirement for national ID registration is the PSA birth certificate. Along with this, you also need to bring one government-issued ID that bears your photo, complete name, and signature (or thumb mark).

If you still don’t have a copy of your PSA birth certificate, have it delivered to you by  This is where I get all our PSA documents because it’s economical and convenient.  Visit their website now.




9 Sept 3 (2)

As anticipated, the PSA began the pilot run for national ID registration last Sunday, September 1, 2019.  They are currently focused on having DSWD beneficiaries in Metro Manila registered to the national ID system.  Government employees, particularly the employees of the PSA are also counted in the pilot run.

According to the information we gathered from the PSA website, they are on track to have the national ID system fully operational for the mass registration expected to happen by mid-2020.  All Filipinos are expected to register and get their own national IDs in two years’ time; registration is expected to wrap up by mid-2022 for about 107 million Pinoys.

Requirements for national ID registration

  1. The PSA birth certificate remains to be one of the primary documentary requirements for the national ID registration. While it is true that other IDs are likewise accepted such as passports, UMID, GSIS, and SSS IDs, the fact still remains that not all Filipinos possess these IDs. Your birth certificate is still your best option and that is why it is foremost in the PSA’s list of acceptable documents for registration.
  2. Other acceptable IDs are:
  • Philippine ePassport issued by the DFA
  • Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID) card issued by the GSIS or SSS
  • Other equivalent identification documents as may be determined in the guidelines issued by the PSA.

This means that you are to bring your PSA birth certificate AND one government-issued ID with your full name, photo, and signature or thumb mark (such as your PhilHealth ID, voter’s ID, driver’s license, etc.).

If you do not have a copy of your PSA birth certificate, you can use your passport, UMID, GSIS, or SSS IDs, plus one other government-issued ID (such as your PhilHealth ID, voter’s ID, driver’s license, etc.) as long as it has your full name, photo, and signature or thumb mark.

Why do you need a national ID?

The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity for all Filipinos and will allow access to government and private sector services and transactions.  It is expected to discourage and completely eliminate bureaucratic red tape as owners no longer need to provide most other forms of identification when transacting.

If you have a national ID, you also essentially have an ID for DSWD (if you are a beneficiary), PhilHealth, Social Security System, and Government Service Insurance System (if you are a government employee).  You will use your national ID for eligibility, services, and access to:

  • Social welfare and benefits granted by the government
  • Passports, driver’s licenses
  • Tax-related transactions
  • Admission in schools and government hospitals
  • Opening of bank accounts
  • Registration and voting purposes
  • Transactions for employment purposes
  • Cardholder’s criminal records and clearances.

What it does not replace are:

  • Driver’s licenses
  • Passports
  • UMID (for social security transactions)

I will share with you how you can easily get a copy of your PSA birth certificate in my next blog.  Meantime, check out our previous blogs about the national ID:

National ID for Children Below 5 Years Old

List of Registration Centers Where You Can Get Your National ID

What Personal Information Will Be Placed In Your National ID?

What Are The Documentary Requirements For The National ID Registration?






9 Sept 2a

The pilot test for the national ID was launched by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) yesterday, September 1, 2019.  What are the important things we need to know about this new implementation?

Read on.

  1. The pilot test will run for four months, beginning September 1, 2019.
  2. The pilot test will be conducted for about 10,000 citizens in Metro Manila before other cities and provinces are included.
  3. Beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are first in line.  This includes senior citizens, persons with disability, mothers, and farmers.
  4. Employees of the PSA and selected bodies of government agencies will also form part of the first batch of registrants.
  5. The PSA will be bringing registration kits and will install satellite offices nationwide to accommodate all citizens identified to qualify for the pilot run.
  6. All information will be stored in the PSA database.  Biometric information is included.
  7. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will handle the printing of the national ID.
  8. Overall, the government is looking at registering about 107 million Filipinos by 2022.

Read more about the National ID here.



6 June 27

The National ID has been the subject of a lot of reports ever since the President signed this into law last August 2018.  Recently, the government announced that the pilot run for the registration and issuance of the ID shall begin on September 2019, driving some to scamper for copies of the required documents and IDs – foremost of which is your PSA birth certificate.

I agree that this has become a controversial issue as some groups think that having this kind of system will only put an individual’s right to privacy at risk.  What with the proliferation of cases of identity theft and online scams, your personal details could be used without your consent and your privacy be compromised.  I wasn’t comfortable with the idea myself.

Anyhow, I trust that the government understands the pros and cons of the National ID system and I am now one of the many who are looking forward to its full implementation in September.  And so before we finally let the government collect our personal details, here are some important facts, gathered from a report of the Rappler, that we all need to know regarding the National ID:

  1. The PhilSys (Philippine Identification System) is the government’s central identification platform. It is a means to simplify public and private transactions with the use of just one ID.
  2. It is expected to greatly improve the delivery of government services especially for Pinoys who lack proper government-issued identification cards.
  3. It aims to eliminate the need to present other forms of identification when transacting with the government and private sector.
  4. It can open up opportunities especially for the poor and marginalized and will make public service delivery more efficient.
  5. It also aims to reduce corruption and curtail bureaucratic red tape, prevent fraudulent transactions, and ease doing business in the Philippines.

What will I get upon registration?

  • All Filipino citizens and aliens shall register in the system.  Babies born after the law takes effect shall be registered upon birth.
  • Each registered person shall be given a PhilSys number (PSN) that is randomly generated, unique, and permanent.
  • You will be issued a physical identification card that will also serve as an official government-issued identification document.  This can be used in various transactions that may require proof of identification.


Where can I use my PhilID or PSN?

  • Applying for social welfare and benefits.
  • Applying for services offered by the GSIS, SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, and other government agencies.
  • Applying for passport and driver’s licenses.
  • Tax-related transactions.
  • Registration and voting identification purposes.
  • Applying for schools, colleges, universities, and other learning institutions.
  • Applying for employment and other related transactions.
  • Opening bank accounts and other transactions with banks and financial institutions.
  • Verifying criminal records and clearances.
  • Other transactions defined in the IRR.

Are you also looking forward to getting your very own National ID? I know I am.  Keep following us for more information on the National ID’s pilot run and if you have questions, feel free to send us a message here or a private message in our Facebook page.




5 May 15 B

Children must be issued their very own National IDs as well.  Most parents may ask how soon after a child is born, can he be registered and listed as an owner of a National ID?

Here are the guidelines set by the PSA for the national ID registration of children:

  1. Children below five years old shall be collected their demographic information and front-facing photograph. No biometric details will be collected yet.
  2. The PhilSys Number (PSN) of a child below 5 years old shall be linked to that of his or her parents’ or guardian.
  3. Children aged five to 14 years old shall be collected their biometric information upon registration. This will be recaptured once they reach 15 years of age.

Children must be accompanied by their parents or guardians during registration and bring a copy of the child’s PSA birth certificate.

Source: (pdf copy of the PhilSys IRR)



5 May 15 A

Do you know where you can register for the National ID once it becomes available in September?  Here’s the list from the IRR of RA 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act:

Registration Centers

Every citizen or resident alien shall register personally in any of the following registration centers that have the necessary facilities to capture the information required to be contained in the registry.  These registration centers shall be made available one year after the effectivity of this Act:

  1. PSA Regional and Provincial Offices;
  2. Local Civil Registry Offices (LCROs);
  3. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for its members and their dependents;
  4. Social Security System (SSS) for its members and their dependents;
  5. Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth);
  6. Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF);
  7. Commission on Elections (COMELEC);
  8. Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost); and
  9. Other government agencies and GOCCs as may be assigned by the PSA.

The list of offices of the above-mentioned agencies, which will be designated as registration centers, shall be posted on the PSA website.

For Filipinos residing abroad, the registration shall be made in the nearest Philippine Embassy or Philippine Foreign Service post, or other registration centers that may be designated by the Department of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the PSA.


(IRR of the RA 11055 or the PhilSys Law.pdf)

5 May 02

A National ID applicant will be required to submit his PSA birth certificate upon registration and majority of the information that will be placed in his ID will be lifted from his birth certificate.  Below are the demographic and biometric information that will be collected from you when you apply for a National ID:

  1. Demographic Data
  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Blood type
  • Address
    1. Permanent address
    2. Present address (optional)
  • Filipino or resident alien
  • Marital Status (optional)
  • Mobile Number (optional)
  • Email Address (optional)

Take note that the first four items (full name, gender, date of birth, and place of birth) shall all be lifted from your PSA birth certificate.  It is best to be sure that your birth certificate is free from errors such as misspelled names, incorrect gender, incorrect date of birth and place of birth.

2. Biometric Information

  • Front-facing photograph
  • Full set of fingerprints
  • Iris Scan

The Philippine Statistics Authority shall apply exceptions to applicants who have visual or physical impairments that make it impossible to collect their biometric information.

If you still do not have a copy of your PSA birth certificate, you can order at the and have the documents delivered to you.



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