Whether you are opening a new bank account, applying for a new job, or processing some government related documents, one thing is 100% sure, you need valid IDs.
Having one valid ID is fine but some institutions require two therefore it is a lot better to have two valid IDs just in case they ask you for another one for further verification purposes. There’s also what we call secondary ID or documents in the latter part of this post which you can use for further validation.
If you’re an employee, some of the IDs here can be acquired during your employment. The HR department of your company will assist you processing these documents because most of these documents are required.
Just in case you’re not employed to a company here in the Philippines you can still have these documents. Whether you are a student, freelancer, or a business owner, you can definitely apply for any of these on your own.
List of Acceptable Primary Valid IDs
1. Philippine Passport
This ID is issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Philippine Passport is not just a travel document but is also a Primary National ID you can present in your transactions. This official document is released upon request.
As of this writing, Philippine Passport’s validity lasts up to 10 years for adults and 5 years for minors. Applying for a passport is so much easier now, thanks to technology. You can get your passport in 12 days with regular processing fee of P950 OR get it in 6 days with express processing fee of P1,200.
If you’re planning to get your passport, here’s an easy-to-follow guide to help you out.
2. Driver’s License
Driver’s license is also one of the most widely used valid ID in the Philippines. Whether you have a Student, Non-Pro, or Professional license, it can be used as primary Identification card. This handy-dandy document can also be used for opening up a savings account.
If you’re planning to drive for somebody, or you’re about to get your own car, having a driver’s license is a must. To get one, you can go to the nearest LTO branch in your area. Processing Student’s License takes only one day and upgrading it to Non-Pro requires you to wait at least one month.
You need to take a written driving exam and actual driving exam. You need to take note that before applying for student’s license, you need to pass medical certificate and receipt from a licensed practicing physician.
3. SSS UMID Card
One of the most powerful IDs you can have as today is the Unified Multipurpose ID (UMID). It is a 4-in-1 ID you can use to transact government agencies like Pag-Ibig, PhilHealth, Social Security System (SSS), and Government Service Insurance System.
All you need to do to get your SSS UMID card is to accomplish their application form and submit it with the documents needed to the SSS branch near you.
4. Philhealth ID
There are a lot of benefits Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) can give you and your family. However before you can claim any of these benefits, you need to present your Philhealth ID.
Getting one is easy. Just go to the nearest PhilHealth Local Insurance Office (LHIO) and accomplish the PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF). Make sure to have 2 pcs of 1×1 ID with you.
5. TIN Card
If you’re a newly graduate seeking for job opportunities or opening up a business, you need a verification document that you are indeed paying tax correctly. Tax Identification ID (TIN) is issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and is one of the important IDs everyone should have.
Getting a TIN can help you with many different money transactions. Just submit the required documents to the nearest BIR Office on your location. Getting TIN ID is free and is usually processed during the early days of your employment.
6. Postal ID
Postal ID is a valid government-issued ID used as proof of identity and address in Philippines. Any Filipino residing locally or abroad is eligible to apply for one. For foreigners, they need to be at least residing in the Philippines for at least six months.
Getting one is super easy. Just head on to the nearest PHLPost Office and bring the following:
- 2 Accomplished copies of PID form
- Proof of identity (If you don’t have any IDs yet, PSA Birth Certificate will do)
- Proof of address
7. Voter’s ID
If you’re 18 and above and still haven’t registered as a voter, I don’t know what you are waiting for. You need to practice your right to vote. It may take time before you can finally touch your voter’s ID but the process is fairly simply. Just go to your local Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office and register there. Student and Employee IDs are acceptable.
8. PRC ID
This ID can only be acquired after passing licensing board exam. Professionals such as engineers, doctors, nurses, dietitian, therapist, etc., are the ones eligible to have a PRC ID. It gives the handler the license to operate and practice as professional and charge higher fees.
9. Senior Citizen ID
If you are 60 years old and up and resident of Philippines for the last 6 months, you are eligible to enjoy the benefits and privileges of having a senior citizen card. Not there yet? If you want it now, I got the power to fast forward it. Nah, just kidding.
One of the best things you can enjoy having a senior citizen card is the 20% discount on your purchases, fast food chains, department stores, pharmacies, public transportation, medical services, and many other things. To apply for senior citizen card, just head on to the Office of the Senior Citizen Affair in your municipality.
10. OFW ID
Having OFW ID proves that an OFW is legally employed and certified by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA). This identification card also gives our fellow OFW kababayan easier transactions with bank and other government agencies.
Secondary Valid IDs and Documents
- NBI Clearance – A document that serves as evidence that the holder has not been involved in any criminal case.
- Police Clearance – Similar to NBI Clearance only that it is limited to a particular locality.
- Barangay Clearance – Typically need for local employment and business permit.
- PSA Marriage Contract – A document that shows legal contract between couple.
- NSO Birth Certificate – Normally used for employment, marriage, and is a requirement getting your passport and driver’s license.
- GSIS ID – issued by the Government Services and Insurance Corporation (GSIS)
- IBP ID – issued by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines
- OWWA ID – issued by the Overseas Worker’s Welfare Administration
- Diplomat ID – issued by the Philippine Embassy
- GOCC and Government Office ID – issued by a branch or agency of the government
Securing at least two of the IDs mentioned above will greatly save you time in your future private or government related transaction. Some of these might take time to process but everything is worth all the effort.
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