Postal ID Application, Renewal, and Requirements (2024 Guide)

Postal ID Application, Renewal, and Requirements (2024 Guide)

A Postal ID is a valid primary identification in the Philippines for individuals who needs proof of identity and address in the country. Learn here how to get a Postal ID in the Philippines.

(UPDATED) So, if you're still looking for ways to obtain valid proof of identity in the Philippines for official transactions like banking, government, or other purposes, you've come to the right place!

In the Philippines, having a valid identification card is required for both public and private transactions, as most transactions require an individual to provide one. It will take some time to obtain a valid identification card or documents. That's why the Philippine Postal Corporation's or PHLPost's Postal ID is useful to have because it is a valid proof of identity that can be easily obtained.

Although a Postal ID has a three-year validity period, it is a good option if you need a valid ID right away. Applying for a Postal ID requires physical appearance because data such as a front-facing photograph and biometrics must be processed at a PHLPost center.

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Here's how to get a Philippine Postal ID:

Personal appearance is required to obtain a Postal ID for biometrics and photo capture. Photo: PHLPost

Step 1 - Bring your requirements to any Postal office and submit a completed application form

A personal appearance is required in applying for a Postal ID. You must bring your requirements and completed application form to the nearest PHLPost center/office near you for document screening. After approval, you can move on to the next step. If you are unsure about what requirements to bring, you may check the list here:

Step 2 - Proceed to the ID Capture station for biometrics capturing

Once your documents or requirements have been screened and approved, you will be directed to a biometrics capture station to have your fingerprints taken. You will also be photographed for your ID.

Step 3 - Wait for your Postal ID to be delivered to your address

Once your biometrics and photo have been collected, you must wait for your ID to be delivered to your mailing address. For those in Metro Manila, you should expect it to arrive within 15 working days. While those outside of Metro Manila or in Visayas and Mindanao must wait 20 working days or more for the delivery.

If you apply for a rush ID, you must wait within five (5) working days if you are in NCR and three (3) to seven (7) working days if you are in the province.

Note: Rush application for Postal ID costs Php 650, while regular application costs Php 504. For Filipinos and foreign residents with a Special Retiree's Resident Visa, the Postal ID is only valid for three years (SRRV). It is only valid for one (1) year for other foreign residents.

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Application Requirements for Postal ID

Based on their latest update, PHLPost requires only two application requirements: proof of identity (such as a birth certificate) and proof of address (such as barangay clearance). If you do not have a birth certificate or a barangay clearance, you may submit any of the following documents instead:

Note: Original and photocopies of the following documents are required. You may submit any options listed below, along with two copies of the completed Postal ID application form.

Proof of Identity 

You only need to submit one of the following documents for your proof of identity.
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Birth Certificate issued by PSA
  • Passport
  • SSS UMID or GSIS Card
  • Marriage Contract for married women

If you do not have any of the above documents, you may submit any two of the following:

  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Confirmation Certificate
  • Elementary or High School Form 137
  • College/Post-Graduate Transcript of Records
  • NBI Clearance/Police Clearance
  • Alumni ID
  • Basic Postal ID/Paper-based Postal ID
  • College/School/University ID
  • Company ID
  • IBP ID
  • PhilHealth ID
  • Pag-Ibig ID
  • Seaman's Book
  • Senior citizen ID
  • TIN ID
  • Voter's ID
  • Certificate of Birth
  • Marriage Certificate

Proof of Address

You need to only present one of the following documents as proof of address.

  • Barangay Clearance
  • Barangay Certificate of Residency
  • Certified True Copy of Titles
  • Certified True Copy of Lease
  • Certified True Copy of Real Estate Tax Receipt
  • Credit Card Statement
  • School Billing Statement
  • Bank Statement
  • Utility Bill

Foreign Residents Application Requirements

Non-Filipino nationals or foreigners living in the Philippines are required to submit a valid proof of identity and proof of address, as well as two copies of the duly-completed Postal ID application form. Those who do not meet these requirements will not be issued a Postal ID.

Proof of Identity

For proof of identity, you must submit your passport, valid for at least six months before your application. Aside from it, you must have any one of the following documents related to your stay in the Philippines:

  • Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card
  • Temporary Resident Visa
  • Special Resident Retiree's Visa
  • Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension
  • Diplomatic Visa

Proof of Address

You may submit one of the following documents, which shows your proof of address in the Philippines.

  • Barangay Certificate of Residency
  • Certification from any temporary residence, such as a hotel and transient home.
  • Certificate of Statement of account from any temporary residence.
  • Notarized Lease of Contract
  • Bank statement
  • School billing statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Utility bill

Renewal of Postal ID

It's easy to get a new Postal ID as long as you have the old expired ID, application fee, and any other documents you need, such as the application form. Photo: PHLPost

Since Postal ID is only valid for three years for Filipinos and foreign residents with a Special Retiree's Resident Visa, it must be renewed if it has already expired and is no longer valid. If you need to renew it, you must follow the process, including the necessary requirements.

Renewing a Basic or Premium Postal ID only requires you to surrender your expired Postal ID, the application form, and the application fee to renew the Postal ID. You should proceed with a new application if you still have a laminated paper-based Postal ID.

Here's how to easily renew your postal ID:

Step 1 - Go to the nearest Postal Office in your area

If you live in the National Capital Region or Metro Manila, several Postal Offices offer expedited Postal ID. This also includes rush services for ID renewal if you surrender your expired ID along with the required documents. You may check here for the nearest Postal Office in your area.

Step 2 - Bring your requirements as well as the renewal fee.

You may check the following requirements for an expired card, lost/stolen card, and change of information.

Expired Card

Expired Postal ID 
Two signed copies of the duly accomplished application form

Lost/Stolen Card

Expired Postal ID 
Two signed copies of the duly accomplished application form
Notarized Affidavit of Loss

Change of Information

Expired Postal ID
Two signed copies of the duly accomplished application form
Supporting documents (such as proof of identity and proof of address)

Step 3 - Wait for your Postal ID to be delivered

After completing the application, submitting the necessary requirements, and paying the renewal fee, you may wait for your postal ID to be delivered to your mailing address.

Note: The fee for renewing a Postal ID remains the same whether it is a rush application or a regular application.

Postal ID Application Fee

As previously stated, the application fee for Postal ID varies depending on whether it is a rush or regular application. This fee is the same in all postal ID offices across the country.

Application Type Amount
Rush Application Php 504
Regular Application Php 650

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

How do I know if my Postal ID is ready?

There is no way to automatically track the status of your Postal ID application online as of this writing. You must either wait for delivery to your mailing address or contact your local PHLPost Office. Unless you have a rush application, you should receive your Postal ID within a month.

How do I pick up my Postal ID?

You only need to return to the Postal Office where you applied for the ID. They may notify you if your Postal ID is already available for pickup. 

Is Postal ID easy to get?

Yes, a Postal ID is one of the simplest valid identification documents to obtain in the Philippines because it only requires a birth certificate and a barangay clearance, which serve as proof of identity and proof of address, respectively.

Your biometrics information and photo will be captured as long as you have the necessary documents. Then you only need to wait two to three weeks to receive it.

Where can I follow up on my Postal ID?

To follow up on your application status, you may contact the following hotline numbers: (02)8742-7349 and (02)8230-9875 (landline). You may also inquire through the email addresses: and

You could also try to inquire about the status of your Postal ID at the Postal Office where you applied for it.

Is Postal ID a Valid ID?

Yes, it's one of the primary valid identification documents in the Philippines so getting one is worth the effort.


Application for Postal ID has been made easier for individuals who still don't have a valid identification document since if you already have a PSA Birth Certificate and Barangay Clearance, you are eligible to apply for it. It is also considered a valid primary form of identification in the Philippines, so it is helpful for individuals, either job seekers or those with business transactions.

We hope that this guide is helpful for those who wish to process their Postal ID. —iTacloban

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