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Philippine National ID how to apply, requirements, cost & locations

Everything you need to know about Philippine National ID requirements, processing times and list of registration centres

Philippine National ID

The Philippine Identification System ID (PhilSys ID) is the national identification card in the Philippines. Also called the Philippine Identification Card (PhilID), the Philippine national ID can be used by Filipino citizens and permanent residents to access public programs and services.

The Philippine national ID is an important part of the government’s strategy to create a national identity framework in the Philippines.


The Philippine national ID was first implemented as a pilot program in 2019. It was made more widely available in 2020 and is expected to be fully implemented by 2025.

The primary purpose for the Philippine national ID is to provide Filipino citizens and permanent residents with government-issued photo identification.

The Philippine national ID will be available to Filipino citizens and permanent residents 18 years old and above.

The Philippine national ID will be made available at no cost, and will not have an expiration date.


House Bill No. 6211 “An Act Establishing the Filipino Identification System” was first filed at the House of Representatives on August 17, 2017 and was passed on May 30, 2018.

Senate Bill No. 1738 “An Act Establishing the Philippine Identification System” was first filed at the Senate of the Philippines on March 12, 2018 and was passed on May 29, 2018.

Republic Act No. 11055 “The Philippine Identification System Act was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte into law on August 6, 2018.


The Philippine national ID will contain the following information:

Card number (PCN)
Full name
Blood type
Date of birth
Place of birth
Marital status

Other information that will be collected may also include:

Phone number
Email address
Biometric data

The Philippine national ID can be used in transactions where government-issued photo ID is required.

The Philippine national ID will not replace other government-issued photo ID such as drivers licenses and passports.


What is the latest update on the implementation of national ID?

As of now, the PSA is currently doing systems calibration and coordination with the different agencies and sectors to ensure seamless delivery come registration of at least 5 million low-income household heads starting 4th quarter this year.

Why is PSA focusing the registration on the low-income household heads for this year?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritizing low-income household heads in the registration process aims to enable them, with their national ID, to open bank accounts so that they would be able to receive their government assistance digitally. The goal is to ensure that at least one (1) member of low-income households, who lack identity documentation, has an ID sufficient for opening a bank account.

When is the start of the registration for the low-income household heads and how will the PSA facilitate the registration given the current situation?

PSA aims to start the registration towards the fourth quarter of this year. A system is currently being developed to manage the number of people to be accommodated in a registration center, whether fixed or mobile. Likewise, the PSA will identify provinces with low risks of possible COVID-10 outbreak in coordination with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and LGUs for possible registration venues. Registration protocols and social distancing measures will be observed to minimize health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in all registration activities.

How about the remaining population? When will they be able to register?

The PSA aims to register majority of the Filipinos by the end of 2022 and will open the registration to the general public in 2021. Further announcements on this will be made to ensure that the public is informed and ready for the line-up of registration activities of the PhilSys.

What is the use of the national ID?

The national ID or PhilSys is not just another ID to add to your list of “valid IDs”. Aside from providing a valid proof of identity, the PhilSys is a platform to transform and streamline how services are delivered. The purpose is to establish a single Philippine Identification System for all citizens and resident aliens of the Republic of the Philippines for easier accessibility and application for eligibility to social welfare programs and benefits from the government.

The PhilSys will NOT replace existing functional IDs that serve other purposes. For example, a passport is a travel document and a driving license is proof that someone can drive. Functional IDs such as these will remain the responsibility of the issuing government agencies.

Are there any benefits getting PhilID? e.g., pension for senior citizen, benefits for DSWD beneficiaries and the like?

The PhilID is intended to provide a person with a valid proof of identity. The core function of the PhilSys is identity authentication and any process such as downloading of benefits and identification of beneficiaries for government aids remain fully with the implementing agency.

What is RA 11055?

Republic Act No. 11055 otherwise known as “Philippine Identification System Act” is an act establishing a single national identification system that aims to provide a valid proof of identity for Filipino citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines, signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 06 August 2018.

What is PhilSys?

The Philippine Identification System or PhilSys is the government’s central identification platform for all Filipino citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines.

What is PhilID?

The PhilID is a valid proof of identity that can be used to transact with the government and private sector. It is a non-transferable card issued upon successful registration to the PhilSys.


When is the registration?

PSA targets to start the registration for low-income household heads by fourth quarter this year and eventually opening the registration to the general public by 2021.

Where do I register?

PSA will establish both fixed and mobile registration centers in strategic locations to register the population to PhilSys. Currently, PSA is in coordination with LGUs, government agencies, and private sector to determine these locations. Further updates on the exact locations of registration centers will be released prior to the opening of PhilSys registration.


Will the PhilID replace other government IDs?

The PhilID will not replace the existing functional IDs that serve other purposes. The PhilID is a foundational ID which serves as a valid proof of identity which would help ease transactions with both government and private sector through easier validation and authentication of identity.

What are the requirements in applying for a PhilID?

The applicants are advised to present an original copy of one (1) of the following:

PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth TOGETHER WITH one (1) government-issued identification document bearing full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumb mark
Philippine Passport issued by the DFA
Unified Multi-Purpose Identification* (UMID) Card issued by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS)
Valid LTO-issued Student’s License Permit or Non-Professional/Professional Driver’s License
The full list of accepted documentary requirements can be found at the back of the PhilSys Registration Form. Applicants without documentation may be registered through the Introducer-Based Registration.

How long is the validity of the PhilID?

The PhilID of Filipinos has no expiration date while the PhilID issued to resident aliens is only valid for one (1) year.


How much is the PhilID?

The PhilID is free of charge for the initial issuance for Filipinos. Fee shall only apply for the replacement of the PhilID due to damage or loss. Holders of Certificate of Indigency are exempted from the said fee as long as they present their certificate.


How will the PSA ensure the data privacy and security of the information being uploaded in the PhilSys?

The PSA takes seriously the responsibility of ensuring the privacy, security, and integrity of registered persons’ data. Sufficient safeguards shall be in place to ensure information security, cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, including in compliance with the Data Privacy Act.

The PSA has been working closely with the National Privacy Commission (NPC), the DICT, and the National Security Council regarding the architecture and processes of the PhilSys, including to identify and mitigate privacy and cybersecurity risks.

The PhilSys design adopts Privacy by Design principles wherein privacy is incorporated into its technologies by default and from the start. For example, the PhilSys collects and stores minimal data and the PhilSys Number (PSN) is fully randomized, not revealing any information about the person such as their date of birth.


Where can I get further information on PhilSys?

For further information on PhilSys, you may visit the official website of PSA and/or like and follow the official Facebook page of PhilSys: @PSAPhilSysOfficial

Contact the Philippine Statistics Authority

Telephone: 1388
Email: [email protected]



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