Frequently Asked Questions About
The ALL-NEW POSTAL ID
1. WHO may apply for a new Postal ID?
All Filipinos of any age, whether living in the Philippines or abroad, are eligible to apply. Very soon, the new Postal ID will also be available to foreigners residing in the Philippines for at least six months.
2. WHY is it important and useful to own a 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.
The new Postal ID is the government-issued ID that is most available to all. It gives people access to many public services and opportunities. ID applicants do not need a special skill, qualification or employment—unlike the requirements for obtaining a driver’s license, PRC license, SSS or GSIS card.
3. WHAT are the application requirements?
You need only two (2) basic documents (Note: Bring the original and photocopy of both documents):
i. PROOF OF IDENTITY* – Submit any one (1) of the following:
Birth Certificate Issued by NSO or Local Civil Registry; UMID Card; LTO Driver’s License; or Valid Passport. Married females must bring their marriage certificate (to validate change of name from birth document)
II. PROOF OF ADDRESS – Submit any one (1) of the following:
Barangay Certificate of Residency or Utility Bill (electricity, water, telephone, cell phone)
*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
4, WHERE do I apply?
You may apply and submit the required documents IN ANY POST OFFICE. 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 (please see locations on www.philpost.gov.ph).
Application forms are available in your nearest post office or can be downloaded from the PHLPost website.
5. After I complete the data capture process, WHEN can I expect to receive my new Postal ID?
A PHLPost mail carrier will deliver the new Postal ID to your doorstep:
- In Metro Manila – approximately five (5) working days from application.
Other major cities and municipalities – approximately seven (7) working days
Island provinces and remote barangays – approximately 15 working days.
6. HOW MUCH is the new Postal ID?
Applicants will pay the following fixed fee anywhere in the country:
Fee Particulars Amount
Postal ID Card + Delivery Fee Php 370.00 with 12% VAT Php 44.40
Total PID Payment Php 414.40
The ID will be valid for three years.
7. WHY did PHLPost replace the laminated, paper-based ID with plastic?
The old postal ID became easy to copy or fake. As a result, many institutions no longer recognized the old ID as a valid proof of identity. The new Postal ID is now more durable and has many security features to assure that it is genuine.
8. WHAT are the main security features of the new Postal ID?
a. On-site digital capture of fingerprints, photo, signature and personal details
b. Centralized ID printing and database to guarantee that the cards are authentic
c. An encrypted QR (‘quick response’) code printed on the card can verify the identity of ID holder using a downloadable smart-phone application
9. 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 paper-based 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:
Old ID Card Issued in Oct 2014 or later will get 25% discount for New ID
Old ID Card Issued in Nov 2013 to Sept 2014 will get 20% discount for New ID
Old ID Card Issued in Nov 2012 to Oct 2013 will get 10% discount for New ID