LIST: National ID Requirements for Applicants in the Philippines

LIST: National ID Requirements for Applicants in the Philippines

To get a National ID (PhilID), an individual must have a supporting document to prove their identity, such as a live birth or passport. Learn here about the national ID requirements.

(UPDATED) Republic Act No. 11055, otherwise known as the Philippine Identification System Act, seeks to establish a single national identification system for all Republic of the Philippines residents and permanent foreign residents.

The National ID (PhilID) serves as valid proof of identity provided PhilSys, signed into law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in August 2018. It is a means of simplifying public and private transactions and a social and economic platform that promotes seamless social service delivery and strengthens financial inclusion for both public and private services.

The PhilSys initiative prioritizes inclusive coverage, allowing access to the most vulnerable groups, including the impoverished, individuals living in geographically isolated and disadvantaged places, indigenous peoples, and people with disabilities. 

You can continue reading to learn about the National ID Requirements for those applying for the first time.

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What are the requirements in applying for a National ID (PhilID)?

Applicants should bring an original copy of at least one (1) of the following:

Primary Documents

  • PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth and one (1) government-issued identification document with full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumb mark.
  • DFA-issued Philippine Passport or ePassport;
  • GSIS or SSS-issued Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card (UMID);  and
  • Land Transportation Office (LTO)-issued Student's License Permit or Non-Professional/Professional Driver's License.

Secondary Documents

  • PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth/NSO-issued Certificate of Live Birth with Birth Reference Number (BreN);
  • PSA-issued Report of Birth;
  • PSA-issued Certificate of Foundling;
  • LCRO-issued Certificate of Live Birth;
  • NBI Clearance;
  • Police Clearance/ID;
  • Solo Parent’s ID;
  • PWD ID;
  • Voter’s ID;
  • Postal ID;
  • Seaman’s Book;
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID;
  • Senior Citizen’s ID;
  • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID;
  • Philhealth ID;
  • SSS ID;
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Identification Card;
  • Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ID;
  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) ID;
  • License to Own or Possess Firearms (LTOPF) ID;
  • A national ID from other countries;
  • Residence ID from other countries; and
  • Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA)-issued Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The identification documents listed below will be accepted as secondary supporting documents if they have a front-facing photograph, signature or thumbmark, full name, permanent address, and date of birth.

  • Barangay Clearance/Certificate;
  • Barangay ID;
  • Employee ID;
  • School ID; and
  • City/Municipal ID.

[You may continue reading or go to the full article: "National ID: Online Registration, Application and Requirements in the Philippines" for the steps on how to get your PhilID.]

Why do I need to apply for a National ID (PhilID)?

A National ID (PhilID) is necessary because it is a valid proof of identity that can be used to transact with both the government and the private sector. It is a non-transferable card that is issued upon successful PhilSys registration.

Is a one-of-a-kind identification card that does not replace existing functional IDs that serve other functions.

What are the information that will be collected for the National ID?

The information collected and stored by the PhilSys shall be restricted to the following:

Demographic Information

  • Full Name;
  • Gender;
  • Date of Birth;
  • Birthplace;
  • Blood Type;
  • Address;
  • Filipino or Resident Alien;
  • Relationship Status (optional);
  • Phone number (optional); and
  • Contact information via email (optional).

Biometric Information

  • Front Facing Photograph;
  • Complete Set of Fingerprints; and
  • Iris examination.

What is the purpose of a National ID (PhilID)?

According to the National Economic and Development Authority, the PhilSys is intended to:

  • Make services more efficient and accessible. PhilSys will be available to all Filipinos, and its credentials will be accepted for most transactions. It will facilitate access to financial, social, healthcare, and other government services.
  • Induce the ease of doing business. It will serve as a platform for the government and commercial sector to identify and authenticate their customers in a digital and automated manner, both in-person and online transactions.
  • Improve service integrity while reducing fraud. PhilSys will uniquely identify each registered person on a national scale with high assurance, eliminate identity fraud, increase the integrity of functioning identification registries, and enable and promote participation and trust in digital government and the digital economy.
  • Encourage participation and trust in digital government. PhilSys helps the government and corporate sector to make a more widespread transition to digital, online citizen-centric service delivery; and
  • Give Filipinos more power over their personal data. The PhilSys will allow PSN holders to control who sees what data about them while conducting transactions using the PhilSys, contributing to increased transparency and responsibility for utilizing data in the Philippines.
Having a foundational digital ID system in place, such as PhilSys, will aid in the country's development. As a result, the Philippines will be able to transition away from inefficient and expensive physical documents, processes, and credentials and toward using digital counterparts.

Other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about National ID (PhilID):

Where do I apply for a National ID?

To register, go to a fixed or mobile registration center in a strategically identified location by PhilSys. PSA has already worked with local governments, government agencies, and the private sector as they have already established more satellite or temporary offices.

Will the PhilID be used in place of other government IDs?

The PhilID will not be used in place of existing functional IDs used for other purposes. The PhilID is a foundational ID that serves as a valid proof of identity, facilitating transactions both with the government and the private sector by facilitating more accessible identity validation and authentication.

How much is the cost of applying for a National ID (PhilID)?

Applicants don't need to pay any fee since the National ID (PhilID) is free of charge for the first time it is issued to a Filipino. The payment will only apply if the PhilID is damaged or lost and must be replaced. Holders of a Certificate of Indigency are exempt from the fee as long as they show their certificate.

How long will the PhilID be valid?

Filipinos' PhilIDs have no expiration date, whereas resident aliens' PhilIDs are only valid for one (1) year.

Where can I find out more about PhilSys?

For more information on PhilSys, please visit the official PSA website and/or like and follow the official PhilSys Facebook page: @PSAPhilSysOfficial.


Obtaining a National ID is simple; you need to visit a PhilSys office and provide the required documentation. Once you arrive, they will verify your personal information and then collect your biometric data.

When you've completed all of the steps, they'll give you a transaction receipt that allows you to track the status of your National ID. Read the article "How to Track Philippine National ID (PhilID) Online?" to find out the status of your ID. —AJ Yes

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