The Philippine Postal Corporation, a.k.a. PhilPost, recently announced that they will issue new postal ID card. This new postal ID card will now be accepted to any office or agency just like the other Government Issued IDs. It is easy to apply and the ID will be delivered to your doorstep.
The new postal ID card is hardbound just like an ATM card and UMID card. In addition, it also has electronic security features (listed below). It is valid for 3 years.
The old laminated postal ID was very vulnerable and easy to copy so PhilPost has launched the new ID card system. You can also use this new ID card when getting a passport as DFA approved it as one of the valid IDs, on banks, hospitals, ports, and other offices.
Importance of the new Postal ID:
Everybody needs a proper ID to present in banks, hospitals and offices. It is also required before boarding a boat or aircraft. You need to show at least two (2) IDs when applying for a job, a passport, or a loan. Many Filipinos cannot get transactions done because they lack a valid proof of identity and address.
Who can apply for the new Postal ID card?
- All Filipinos of any age, living here in the Philippines or abroad (at the time of application), are eligible to apply.
- PhilPost now allow foreigners residing in the Philippines for at least 6 months, to be able to apply for ID.
New Postal ID Card Requirements:
Unlike other IDs like SSS, GSIS, PRC license etc, getting the new postal ID does not need special skill, qualification or employment. You only need to show the 2 following requirements.
Bring the original and photocopy of the following documents:
- Proof of Identity – Submit any or 1 of the following: Birth Certificate – Issued by NSO or Local Civil Registrar, UMID Card, LTO Driver’s License, Valid Passport.
- Proof of Address – Submit any or 1 of the following: Barangay Certificate of Residency or Utility Bill (electricity bill, water bill, credit card statement and the like)
- Married females must bring their Marriage Certificate to validate change of name from birth document
- Minors or those below 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian
- Applicants with no Birth Certificate, UMID Card, LTO Driver’s License or Valid Passport may submit ANY TWO (2) of the following documents, at least one of which should bear the applicant’s photo and signature: Valid paper-based Postal ID, Valid NBI/Police Clearance, Old SSS or GSIS card, Valid OWWA ID, Valid PRC ID, Digitized BIR ID, Valid Seaman’s Book, Valid Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID, Voter’s ID, Valid Company ID, Senior Citizen ID, Baptismal Certificate, Certificates of Birth/Marriage from National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Elementary or High School Form 137, Transcript of Records with readable dry seal (for applicants 18 years old and below), Marriage Contract, Valid University/School or Alumni ID, TIN card
New Postal ID Application Fees
Applicants will pay the following fixed fee anywhere in the country.
How to get the New Postal ID card?
Follow the procedures below.
- Prepare the necessary documents mentioned above and submit them at the nearest post office in your area.
- Fill up the application form. You can get one at the nearest post office or you can download the form here: Postal ID Application Form.
- After your documents are screened, you will go the nearest ID “capture” station to be photographed and fingerprinted. There are 260 postal ID capture stations nationwide and you can find them here: Postal ID Capture Stations
Postal ID Released and Delivery:
How long do you need to wait for the release of your postal ID? PhilPost will deliver it at the address you provided in the application form in:
- 15 working days – for Metro Manila address
- 20 working days – for other major cities and municipalities
- 30 working days – for island provinces and remote barangays
Security Features of the new Postal ID:
- On-site digital capture of fingerprints, photo, signature and personal details
- Centralized ID printing and database to guarantee that the cards are authentic
- An encrypted QR (‘quick response’) code printed on the card can verify the identity of ID holder using a downloadable smart-phone application
- Overlaid with a hologram that can be viewed only at certain angles
- Has a ghost image and UV ink that illuminates in UV light
- Applicant uniqueness check via the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). It compares the fingerprint collected with the fingerprint database records to ensure the applicant’s identity.
What will happen to my old but still valid Postal ID?:
The old ID will remain valid up to its date of expiration. Post offices will stop issuing paperbased IDs when the new Postal ID becomes available in their area. Old but valid postal IDs may also be converted to the new Postal ID at a price discount:
Postal ID Card Requirements for Foreign Residents
1. Two (2) copies of duly-accomplished application form
2. Proof of Identity
a. Passport – must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to application
b. Any one (1) of the following documents relative to the stay in the Philippines valid for at least six (6) months prior to application
• Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACRI-Card)
• Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE)
• Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
• Diplomatic Visa
• Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)
3. Proof of Address – Submit any one (1) of the following:
• Barangay Certificate of Residency – issued within three (3) months prior to PID application
• Certification or statement of account from hotel, transient home or any temporary residence within three (3) months prior to application
• Certification from hotel, transient home or any temporary residence within three (3) months prior to application
• Notarized, if applicable, Land, House or Condominium Lease Contract
• Bank statement
• Credit card statement
• School billing statement
• Utility bill (cable, electric, internet, landline, telephone, water)
How to Upgrade your Old Postal ID into the New Postal ID Card
If you want to upgrade your existing postal ID into the new improved Postal ID, bring two (2) copies of duly-accomplished PID application form and your current Postal ID. Your existing ID will be perforated with a puncher in the QR Code and be returned to you.
For questions and Postal ID concerns, you may contact PhilPost at the following mobile numbers:
- (0917) 5215373
- (0998) 8847629
- (0925) 3212291
Information above are updated and were shared officially from PhilPost.