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In almost all of your transactions, whether with a government agency or a private corporation like banks, schools, and remittance centers, you will always be required to present a government-issued ID.  It doesn’t matter if you have a company ID, a school ID, or membership cards, agencies will always require you to present a government-issued ID.

When applying for a passport, you will be required to present at least one of the following:

  • Digitized SSS ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS E-Card
  • PRC ID
  • IBP ID
  • OWWA ID
  • Digitized BIR ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • Voter’s ID
  • Seaman’s Book

Today’s article will focus on the different types of government-issued IDs and certificates and how you can apply for each.  We hope this helps you complete your collection of government-issued IDs.

Cedula

A Community Tax Certificate (CTC), also known as Cedula, is issued to every individual or corporation upon payment of the community tax.  Every Filipino who is at least 18 years old and has been regularly employed for at least 30 consecutive working days must have his own cedula.  Business owners, real property owners, and all others who may be required by law must also apply for a cedula.

How to get a Cedula:

  1. Go to your local government office (barangay, municipal, or city hall) where CTCs are issued.
  2. Fill out the application slip, submit, and pay the required amount.  The fee will depend on how much salary you are going to declare on the application slip.  Wait for the issuing officer to give you your CTC.
  3. Sign and affix your thumbprint on the spaces provided on the CTC.
  4. The Cedula is valid until the last day of the year when it was acquired.

Barangay Clearance

The Barangay Clearance is a prerequisite for a Postal ID or a Mayor’s Permit; it is something that both private employees and business people need to have.  It is also a basic requirement when applying for affidavits and other legal transactions.  Basically, it attests to your good standing as a resident or business owner in a specific barangay.

How to get a Barangay Clearance:

  1. Proceed to your designated Barangay Hall and inform the officer on duty that you would like to apply for a Barangay Clearance. Fill out the application form and pay the necessary fees (fees vary per barangay).
  2. Present your cedula; if you do not have one yet, you may also secure this from the barangay hall.
  3. Wait for your clearance to be released (if no negative records are found under your name).

Postal ID

Phlpost has upgraded the physical appearance of the postal ID.  You need to get one as an additional government-issued ID.  Here are the requirements and procedures:

  1. Proceed to the Post Office in your area and submit two copies of duly accomplished PID application form.
  2. Submit your PSA birth certificate or GSIS or UMID Card, or Driver’s License, or valid Passport.
  3. If you are a married female applicant, bring a copy of your PSA Marriage Certificate to validate change of name from birth documents.
  4. Pay the fixed fee of Php 504.00.
  5. You will be instructed to proceed to the nearest ID capture station for your photo and fingerprints.  There are 260 ID capture stations nationwide.
  6. Expect to receive your ID after approximately 15 working days if your delivery address is in Metro Manila, 20 working days if you live in other major cities and municipalities, and 30 working days if you live in island provinces and remote barangays.

NBI Clearance

You may now apply for an NBI clearance online!  Here’s how:

  1. Register and create your account online at nbi-clearance.com.  There will be a guided process, just follow this.
  2. Make sure to have a working and accessible email address; use this when registering at the NBI website and wait for the confirmation email to be sent to you. You need to confirm your registration through the email in order for your account to activate.
  3. Login to your NBI account using the username and password you registered. Fill out the online application form and submit.
  4. Schedule an appointment at your preferred NBI Clearance Outlet.  Select the date when you wish to process your NBI clearance.
  5. Fee for NBI Clearance is P115 but e-payment services charge an additional P25, so your NBI Clearance fee total will be P140.  You may pay online, or over the counter at accredited banks, through GCash, or at any Bayad Center.  Note that until you have made a payment, your appointment is not confirmed.
  6. Print your NBI clearance application form and wait for the date of your appointment.  Bring your printed form when you visit the NBI outlet.

Unified Multi-purpose ID

Considered as the “Mother” of all IDs because it can cover your SSS, GSIS, PagIBIG, and PhilHealth transactions through a contact less smartchip technology.  It stores the member’s SSS information and biometrics data such as fingerprints, facial image, and signature.

  1. Visit the nearest SSS branch that has UMID enrollment/ID capture facility.  Fill out the UMID Card application form.
  2. Bring one of the primary valid IDs (passport, driver’s license, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Card, Seaman’s Book).  If you do not have any of these, bring two of your secondary identification cards/documents.
  3. Proceed to the ID capture booth, fingerprint scanning, and electronic signature process.
  4. Wait for your UMID to be delivered to your address.

BIR TIN ID

This is required before you even begin working; all legitimate companies will require your Tax Identification Number (TIN) to ensure that your taxes are remitted to the government properly.

  1. Proceed to the nearest BIR branch in your area.  Note that it would be best that you apply at the BIR in the same city or municipality where you are working.
  2. Bring a copy of your PSA birth certificate and 1×1 photo of yourself.
  3. The BIR TIN ID has a lifetime validity and is free of charge.  Some RDOs may be able to give you your ID on the same day while others may require you to come back after a day.

PRC ID (Professional Regulations Commission)

This is exclusive to individuals who took and passed professional licensure examinations such as Certified Public Accountants, Architects, Engineers, Lawyers, Physicians, Dentists, etc.

  1. Accomplish the Action Sheet – this may be downloaded from the PRC website.
  2. Pay for the metered documentary stamps at the CSC (Customer Service Counter).  Please make sure that your photo and photocopies of documents have metered documentary stamps.
  3. Pay the prescribed fees at the Cashier (Php 450).
  4. Present duly accomplished AS together with documents and receive your claim slip at Window 16, Window 18, and Window 30.
  5. Claim your documents as scheduled.  Please refer to your claim slip for further instructions.

Your PRC ID is valid for three years and can be renewed thereafter.

If you are thinking about applying for a Philippine passport, it may be best that you work on getting at least three government-issued IDs first.

For questions about the different IDs and clearances we featured, send us a message and we will do our best to find the best answers for you.

Reference: http://www.gov.ph

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In the first week of September (2017), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that it has opened more appointment slots for Pinoys seeking to apply for a new passport or have their old ones renewed.  The additional slots came from the 1,200 reserved (daily) slots for travel agencies and DFA employees.

Yes, even DFA employees have to adjust to the new mandate so that only their immediate family members are extended the privilege of an assured appointment with the DFA.  Immediate family members include parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law.  The courtesy lanes remain open for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, solo parents, children below seven yearls old, and Overseas Filipino Workers.

More good news from the DFA came in late last week when they announced the redesigned online appointment system.  Here are the highlights of the new and improved online passport appointment system:

  • Fully-booked dates are shown in red while available slots are in green.
    • This makes searching for an available date and time easier rather than clicking on each and every date.
  • Feedback mechanism activated.
    • This ensures that applicants are informed of any concerns on their application and how they can resolve the problem.
    • These include discrepancies on provided information, documents submitted.
    • Applicants are given ample time to prepare for the lacking requirements ahead of time, instead of finding out about the problems just when they are about to claim their passports.
  • Automatic reminder for people who are exempted from making online appointments:
    • Senior Citizens
    • Persons with Disabilities
    • Pregnant women
    • Solo parents
    • Children seven years old and below
    • OFWs

The reminder was put in place because most of the time, even if the applicant is entitled to use the courtesy lane, they still apply for an appointment online and wait in line for their turn.  With the reminder, they would know right away that they can proceed to a DFA office, freeing up the appointment slots that they would otherwise book.

The DFA promised to deploy more improvements, not just on the online application system, but in all aspects of their services to the public.  They said that their utmost concern are the comfort and security of people who visit their offices everyday, from the head office in Aseana to all satellite and consular offices and foreign posts.

If you have questions about the DFA online appointment system, send us a message and we will do our best to find the best answers for you.

References:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.tempo.com.ph

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Some complicated news for passport aspirants:
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The Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) regrets to inform the public that releases of passports of those who applied in Manila on May 6 and thereafter and whose passports are due for release on June 10, Friday, and thereafter will be delayed for a few days, or starting June 14 and thereafter.

The delay is caused by an unexpected malfunction of the mainframe program which has prevented the printing of passport booklets.

The foreign equipment provider, Oberthur Technologies, has put all available resources and is working around the clock to fix the problem. The remedial work will take a few days.

To alleviate the backlog, the DFA-OCA will continue offering the extension of the validity of passports for one year of those with urgent travels. This extension can be accomplished within the same day and at no cost to the applicant. There is also no appointment needed to avail of this service.

Those with emergency travels (e.g., death in the family, medical reasons, and OFWs reporting for work) within the next few days may be issued machine-readable passports.

For the above and other concerns, affected individuals may call or visit the Passport Director’s office at telephone numbers 836-7759 or 556-0000 locals 2030 up to 32.

The DFA-OCA enjoins the general public who has travel plans to apply for passports well ahead of time, at least 12 weeks in advance.

The DFA requests the public’s consideration and understanding. http://dfa.gov.ph/main/index.php/public-advisory/3158-dfa-office-of-consular-affairs-advisory-on-passport-release

MORE NEWS:

DFA Consular Affairs Office Advisory for Passport Appointment June 20, 2011

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