Sim Card Registration: Here's How to Register Sim Card in the Philippines

Sim Card Registration: Here's How to Register Sim Card in the Philippines

The SIM Card Registration Act mandates that subscribers register their SIM cards. Find out more about it and how to register your SIM card.

This article was originally published on October 11, 2022 and is frequently updated with new information.

(UPDATED 09/23/2022) The Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act was finally signed on October 10 into legislation by President of the Philippines Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Not only is it a groundbreaking law, but it also confirms that the Philippines is moving toward becoming a more digitalized country that recognizes the use of technology for either development or illegal purposes — which is why legislation like this is needed to prevent crimes involving technology.

The new legislation, approved by both houses of Congress on September 28, aims to combat the proliferation of text scams across the country and other offenses that can be committed through text messages. 

Now that the new law has been formally signed into effect, what can we expect with regard to the impact that it will have on users and the companies that provide telecommunications services?


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What is SIM Card Registration Act?

The SIM Card Registration Act, also known as the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Act, is a legislative act that recognizes and encourages the vital role of information and communications technology in nation-building.

President Bongbong Marcos Jr. signed the new legislation on October 10 to regulate SIM card registration and use. All end-users must register their SIM Cards with a Public Telecommunications Entity (PTE) as a prerequisite to activation.

The law was enacted in response to an increase in text scams and other crimes perpetrated via text messages in the Philippines.

When to register SIM Cards?


Existing prepaid SIM cards and users will have 180 days to register with their respective telecommunication providers after the law goes into effect. A valid written request to DICT can also result in an extension of 120 days.

However, SIM Card registration will not begin until telecom providers can create a registration portal where subscribers can upload their information and requirements.

SIM Card Registration Act will become effective fifteen (15) days after the law is published in the Official Gazette or a general circulation newspaper. Furthermore, within 60 days of the act's enactment, the NTC and other agencies involved must establish monitoring and proper implementation guidelines.

Phone numbers will be deactivated if the user fails to register within the time frame specified. Meanwhile, new SIM cards will be activated only after registering with a PTE.

What are the requirements for registering SIM Cards in the Philippines?

Subscribers will be required to present a copy of their valid government-issued ID with a photo during the registration process. They can also show valid government-issued documents such as NBI Clearance, Passport, or PSA Birth Certificate.

Subscribers must complete a registration form that includes their full name, address, phone number, and serial number. The registration form is filled out electronically via a platform or website provided by the PTEs. 

As a result, existing subscribers must wait for their telco provider to launch a registration platform through which they can register their SIM cards. 


If you are a minor or a foreign national visiting as a tourist or staying in the Philippines as a worker or a student, you may check the following:

For Minor

A minor's SIM card must be registered in the name of the minor's parent or guardian: provided, however, that the minor's parent or guardian gives their consent and registers the SIM.

For Foreign Nationals/Tourists

Foreign nationals may register for local SIM cards only if the following conditions are met:

        • Tourists staying in the Philippines for less than thirty (30) days must fill out the SIM registration form with their full name, and passport number, and present their passport and proof of address in the Philippines; and

        • Those staying for more than thirty (30) days as workers or students must fill out the SIM registration form and present their passport, proof of address in the Philippines, Alien Certificate of Registration Identification Card or ACRI-Card issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), and Alien Employment Permit issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), or school registration and identification card.

Note: Foreign tourists who stay for less than thirty days will be issued a SIM card with a validity of seven (7), fourteen (14), thirty (30), sixty (60), or ninety (90) days, as applicable, and will be deactivated when the validity of the SIM expires.

For Juridical Entities and Corporations

Juridical entities must present a certificate of registration as well as a duly-adopted resolution designating the authorized representative; in the case of corporations, additional requirements, particularly a special power of attorney for SIM card registration, are required.

The registration form for a juridical entity or corporation must include an attestation that they are submitting genuine and accurate documentation to register their SIM cards.

How to Register Sim Card in the Philippines (Step-by-Step Guide)?

Existing subscribers can register their sim cards through registration portals provided by PTEs, assuming that one already exists. 

Meanwhile, new SIM card holders must present a valid government ID to an authorized SIM vendor, as well as fill out a form with their personal and SIM card information.

SIM Card Registration for Smart/TNT subscribers

New and existing Smart/TNT subscribers must ensure that they own the SIM card before registering it, as information such as cellphone numbers and serial numbers are required. You may follow the steps below:

Step 1 - You must have a Smart or TNT sim card.
Step 2 - Make sure to fill out the necessary information on the registration portal.
Step 3 - Upload a digital copy of your valid ID to the portal.
Step 4 - Wait for the PTE to verify your registration.

SIM Card Registration for Globe/TM subscribers

The same process as Smart/TNT subscribers, Globe/TM SIM card owners must also make sure that the SIM card they want to register is their own. Registration requires information such as a cellphone number and serial number.

You can proceed as follows:

Step 1 - Make sure you are an existing or new Globe/TM subscriber.
Step 2 - Fill out all of the required information on the registration portal.
Step 3 - Upload a copy of your valid identification to the portal.
Step 4 -Wait for the PTE to confirm your registration.

Note: This information may be subject to modification at any time. Please stay tuned for further information.
 

SIM Card Registration for DITO subscribers

DITO subscribers also need to register at a portal that the said telecom will provide. Just like other PTEs, subscribers are required to put their initial information, such as full name, cellphone number, and SIM serial number.

You may follow the steps below:

Step 1 - Confirm that you are a current or new Globe/TM subscriber.
Step 2 - On the registration portal, fill out all of the required information.
Step 3 - Upload a copy of your valid ID to the portal.
Step 4 - Be patient while the PTE confirms your registration.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the SIM Card Registration Act:

Can you buy/register sim cards on behalf of others?

Yes, if any of the following conditions are met:

  • You are authorized by a notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA).
  • The principal and representative present an original, true, and clear copy of any valid photo ID.
  • For minors, the parent or guardian must provide written consent, the registration form, the minor's valid ID, and the parent's ID.

How can I register my SIM?

In the Philippines, you can register your SIM Card once your telecom provider or the Public Telecommunications Entities provide a registration portal or other electronic means. According to the SIM Card Registration Law, registration must be done electronically via a "platform or website" established by public telecommunications entities (PTEs).

What is the purpose of SIM card registration?

SIM Card Registration aims to ensure that all SIM cards in the Philippines have information about their owners to avoid illegal activities via text messages. If there is a text scam or something similar, authorities will finally know who the perpetrator is.

Is it necessary to register your SIM card in the Philippines?

Yes, because the law has already been signed as new legislation in the country. Every SIM card owner is responsible for registering their SIM card. That is why, when purchasing a new SIM card, you must present a valid government-issued ID.

Meanwhile, existing users must register on the portal provided by their telecom provider or PTEs.

How can I check my SIM registration details?

You can check your SIM registration details once the Philippines' telecom providers, specifically Smart, PLDT, TNT, Dito, Globe, and TM, provide a portal where you can access it.

What SIM Cards are covered by the law?

The law applies to both prepaid and postpaid SIM cards, which means that any existing SIM cards in the Philippines must be registered. Existing Globe, Smart, and other telecom subscribers are required to register their SIM cards.

Your account will be deactivated if you do not register within the specified time frame.

What information must subscribers provide?

To register their SIM cards, subscribers must provide their full name, complete address, date of birth, gender, SIM card cellphone number, and serial number. An original and true copy of any valid government-issued IDs is also required.

Is it free to register a SIM card in the Philippines?

Yes, according to Section 6 of the newly signed legislation, "the registration required under this Act shall be implemented at no cost to the end-users."

Are SIM card registrations kept private?

Yes, all of the information or details you provide in the registration portal or to PTEs are kept private unless your number is involved in an illegal activity involving SIM cards.

What are the penalties for non-registration?

If you do not register within the specified time frame, your SIM Card will be deactivated automatically.

Meanwhile, PTEs that fail or refuse to register a SIM without a valid reason face fines ranging from P100,000 to P1 million. A violation of confidentiality is punishable by a fine ranging from P500,000 to P4,000,000.

Those who provide false information or fake identification, spoof a registered SIM card or sell a stolen SIM card face up to two years in prison and a P300,000 fine.

What are the Valid IDs accepted to register a SIM Card in the Philippines?

  • Driver's license
  • Voter's ID
  • Philippine National ID
  • SSS/UMID Card
  • Passport
  • Senior citizen card
  • TIN ID
  • IBP ID
  • OWWA ID
  • Government office ID
  • PWD Card
  • School ID (for minors)
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance

What are the documents needed by Foreign Nationals for SIM Card registration?

  • Return ticket or departure ticket (for tourists)
  • Passport
  • Proof of address in the Philippines
  • Alien employment permit (for workers)
  • Alien Certificate of Registration ID (for students)
  • Other pertinent documents


Conclusion

Because of the prevalence of text scams and crimes committed via text messages, it's good to know that a SIM Card Registration Law already exists. People will know who is texting them thanks to the aforementioned law, as they can be identified using the law's suggested procedure.

It's also comforting to know that once registered, our information will be safe because only a subpoena or lawful order from a court, or a written request from a law enforcement agency, will result in its disclosure. It is, therefore, preferable not to be involved in malicious, fraudulent, or unlawful activity using text messages.

We hope that this written guide by iTacloban is useful for anyone interested in learning more about the Sim Card Registration Act and how to register their SIM cards. —iTacloban/AJ Yes
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