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[UPDATED] Complete Guide: How to Apply for a Philippine National ID

17 June 2021

The Philippine Identification System Act, also known as the Republic Act No. 11055, was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 06, 2018, which aims for every Filipino and resident aliens of our country to have a single national identification card.


The Philippine National ID is free and will not replace the other existing IDs but can be used as a proof of identity to help ease the transactions for all the government and private sectors through its quicker and easier validation and authentication of one’s identity. You will have to pay it if you lost or damaged your ID. It also has no expiration except for the PhilIDs issued to the resident aliens as it will be only valid for one (1) year.


PhilSys will simplify a digital foundational ID system in most public and private transactions across the country. The smooth social service delivery and financial inclusion for public and private services will be facilitated and enhanced. It is also built on a Privacy-by-Design principle so that the privacy and security of the information of the individuals will be protected under this latest technology and innovation system.


Here are the steps on how to apply for a Philippine National ID:

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Step 1. Online Registration and Appointment

Register your application online by visiting the site: and filling out all the required fields before submitting your application form. Please keep a copy of your Application Reference Number (ARN) or QR code as you will need to show it at the registration center. Be sure to book your chosen appointment time before continuing to the next step.


Step 2. On-site Validation of Information.

Present your ARN or QR code, as well as an original copy of supporting documents, to your assigned registration center on the day of your appointment. 


The supporting documents needed to be presented must be an original copy of at least one (1) primary or secondary document.


What are the Primary Documents?

  1. Certificate of Live Birth issued by PSA and one (1) government-issued identification document indicates your full name, a front-facing photograph, and with signature or thumb mark.
  2. Philippine Passport or e-Passport issued by DFA;
  3. Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card (UMID) issued by either GSIS or SSS;
  4. Student’s License Permit or Non-Professional or Professional Driver’s License issued by Land Transportation Office (LTO)


What are the Secondary Documents?

Secondary documents are to be presented if the primary requirements are not available such as:

  1. SSS ID
  2. Philhealth ID
  3. Voter’s ID
  4. Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) ID
  5. Postal ID
  6. Senior Citizen’s ID
  7. PWD ID
  8. Solo Parent’s ID
  9. Police Clearance
  10. NBI Clearance
  11. Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
  12. Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID
  13. Certificate of Live Birth with a Birth Reference Number (BreN) issued by NSO
  14. PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth
  15. PSA-issued Report of Birth
  16. PSA-issued Certificate of Foundling
  17. LCRO-issued Certificate of Live Birth
  18. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ID
  19. Philippine Retirement Authority-issued Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)
  20. Seaman’s Book
  21. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID
  22. National ID from other countries
  23. Residence ID from other countries
  24. License to Own or Possess Firearms ID


You can also provide the following documents as long as it has your details like Full Name, Permanent Address, Date of Birth, and with front-facing photograph, and signature or thumbmark.

  • Employee ID
  • School ID
  • Barangay Clearance or Barangay Certificate
  • City or Municipal ID
  • Barangay ID


Aside from the validation of documents, the registration center will also collect biometric information such as fingerprints, iris scans, and photographs.


Step 3. Delivery of the National ID.

Wait for the issuance of your PhilSys Number (PSN) and delivery PhilID on your provided current address. Present your transaction slip or any valid ID to the courier for proper verification.


Having a National ID also means that your information will be saved in a digital foundational ID system that will help to transform the Philippines deliverables and processes into digital, presence less paperless, and contactless transactions.


Where are the Registration Centers for the Philippine National ID?

For Filipino Citizens residing in the Philippines, registration centers are:

  • PSA Regional and Provincial Offices;
  • Local Civil Registry Offices (LCROs);
  • Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF);
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC);
  • Social Security System (SSS) for members and their dependents;
  • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for members and their dependents;
  • Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth);
  • Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost); and
  • Other government agencies and GOCCs may be assigned by PSA


For Overseas Filipino Workers and Filipino citizens who lives abroad, the registration centers are:

  • Philippine Foreign Service post or nearest Philippine Embassy
  • other centers that may be designated by DFA in coordination with PSA


List of Registration Centers for Step 2 of Philippine National ID

The following registration centers are located throughout the country and cater to individuals who already have a valid schedule for Step 2 registration. Walk-ins are not recommended and will be accommodated only if there are available slots, in compliance with the PSA's strict health and safety protocols.


National Capital Region

  • Mandaluyong City Hall
  • City Hall of San Juan City
  • City Hall of Marikina City
  • City Hall of Quezon City
  • City Hall of Pasig City
  • City Hall of Makati City
  • Municipal Hall of Pateros
  • City Hall of Taguig City
  • 4F, The Grandz Commercial Center Building, Mac Arthur Highway, Calle 4, Barangay 81, Caloocan City
  • Caloocan City Hall
  • Malabon City Hall
  • Navotas City Hall
  • Valenzuela City Hall
  • Las Piñas City Hall
  • Muntinlupa City Hall
  • Parañaque City Hall
  • Pasay City Hall

And other municipal halls in different provinces. For the complete list, visit here:


What are the benefits of having a Philippine National ID?

  • Increase the accessibility of facilities. All Filipinos will be able to use PhilSys, and its credentials will be approved for the majority of transactions. It will give people access to financial, social, health-care, and other government services.
  • Ensure that doing business is as simple as possible. It will provide an online platform for the government and private sector to digitally and automatically recognize and verify their customers in both in-person and online transactions.
  • Improve the quality of services reduce fraud. PhilSys will ensure that each registered person is uniquely identified on a national scale, eliminating identity theft and strengthening the credibility of functional identification registries.
  • Participation and confidence in digital government and the digital economy will be possible and promoted. PhilSys should enable the government and private sector to make a more widespread transition to digital, online citizen-centric service delivery.
  • Assist Filipinos in gaining more control over their personal information. When using the Philsys to conduct transactions, PSN holders would manage who sees their data. It will help to increase transparency and accountability in the Philippines when it comes to data use.


What are the practical use of Philippine National ID?

The Philippine National ID can be used as a valid document for the following:

  • proof of identity when applying for a pag-ibig housing loan
  • document used to apply for benefits provided by various government agencies like PhilHealth, GSIS, SSS, Pag-IBIG (HDMF), and others
  • application for travel visa and passport
  • availing social services and services provided by the government
  • registration as a voter
  • driver’s license application
  • various tax requirements and transactions
  • availing of government-based health services and institutions
  • application in learning institutions like at public and private schools, universities, learning centers
  • job application
  • opening bank accounts like savings and applying for bank loans
  • other transactions and application process that necessitate some kind of identification


What are the components Philippine Identification System?

  1. PhilSys Number (PSN) – PSN is a randomly generated, unique, and permanent identification number that will be assigned to each Filipino (citizen or alien) upon birth or via PSA registration based on the rules and provisions set on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the PhilSys Act. PSN will be incorporated across government agencies, including government-controlled corporations. A person is limited to only one PSN.
  2. PhilSys Registry – Database that stores the PSN that includes history, registration records, and other related information of all PSN registered persons. 
  3. Philippine National ID (Phil ID) – Phil ID is a valid and non-transferable card to be issued to all eligible Filipinos registered in PhilSys per the guidelines issued by the PSA. 


The Philippine National ID is the first step of our country to become more advanced in transactions and processes. It will allow the Philippines to transition away from inefficient and costly physical documents, procedures, and credentials and move toward digital alternatives.


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