How to Register SIM Cards (Smart, TNT, Dito, Globe, and TM) in the Philippines

How to Register SIM Cards (Smart, TNT, Dito, Globe, and TM) in the Philippines

The SIM Card Registration Act requires all subscribers to register their SIM cards. This article will explain how you can easily register your SIM card to comply with this requirement.

(UPDATED) Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. With increasing reliance on mobile phones for communication, it is more important than ever to ensure that our SIM cards are properly registered. 

This is especially true in the Philippines, where President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. recently signed the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act into law on October 10.

This ground-breaking legislation aims to combat the spread of text scams and other crimes committed through technology. All telecommunications service users must understand the importance of properly registering their SIM cards. 

Whether you are a new user looking to purchase your first SIM card or an existing user looking to switch providers or replace a lost or damaged SIM card, knowing how to properly register your SIM card in accordance with the new legislation is important.

In this blog post, we will go over how to register SIM cards with various service providers in the Philippines, such as Smart, TNT, Dito, Globe, and TM. We'll go over the steps you need to take to properly register your SIM card and any documents or information you need to provide.

 By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you comply with the new SIM Card Registration Act and that you can use your phone in the Philippines safely and securely. If you need a new SIM card or want to learn more about registering your SIM card in the Philippines, keep reading for all the details.


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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 law that aims to regulate the use of SIM cards in the Philippines. 

This legislation was signed into law by President Bongbong Marcos Jr. on October 10 to encourage the responsible and safe use of information and communications technology in the country. As part of this new law, all end-users of telecommunications services in the Philippines must register their SIM cards with a Public Telecommunications Entity (PTE) before they can be used.

The SIM Card Registration Act was enacted in response to the growing issue of text scams and other crimes committed by using text messages in the Philippines. By requiring all SIM cards to be registered with a PTE, this law aims to combat these types of crimes and ensure that telecommunications services are used for their intended purposes. 

Where to register SIM Cards?

Starting on December 27, Smart, TNT, Dito, Globe, and TM subscribers will be able to register their SIM cards through each company's respective registration portal.

To register your simcard with Smart or TNT, simply visit https://smart.com.ph/simreg. If you are a Dito user, you can register your SIM card at https://dito.ph/RegisterDITO. And for customers of Globe, TM, or GOMO, you can register your SIM card at https://new.globe.com.ph/simreg.

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

If you are looking to register a SIM card in the Philippines, there are several requirements that you must fulfill to complete the process. These requirements may differ depending on whether you are a minor, a foreign national, or a juridical entity. 

Here is a breakdown of the requirements for registering SIM cards in the Philippines:

  • Subscribers must present a valid government-issued ID with a photo or other valid government-issued documents such as an NBI Clearance, Passport, or PSA Birth Certificate.
  • Subscribers must complete a registration form that includes their full name, address, phone number, and serial number. This form must be filled out electronically via a platform or website provided by the Public Telecommunications Entity (PTE).

If you are a minor:

  • A minor's SIM card must be registered in the name of the minor's parent or guardian, with the parent or guardian's consent and registration of the SIM.

If you are a foreign national or tourist:

  • Tourists staying in the Philippines for less than thirty days must present their passport and proof of address in the Philippines and fill out the SIM registration form with their full name and passport number.
  • Those staying for more than thirty days as workers or students must 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, and fill out the SIM registration form.

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

If you are a juridical entity or corporation:

  • You must present a registration certificate and a duly-adopted resolution designating the authorized representative. In the case of corporations, additional requirements, such as a special power of attorney for SIM card registration, may be necessary.
  • The registration form for a juridical entity or corporation must include an attestation that genuine and accurate documentation is being submitted for SIM card registration.

It is important to note that these requirements may vary depending on your provider. 

How to Register Sim Card in the Philippines?

Whether you are a new subscriber or an existing one, it is important to follow the proper steps to successfully register your SIM card in compliance with the SIM Card Registration Act. Here is a guide to the process of registering SIM cards with different providers in the Philippines:

For Smart/TNT subscribers

  • Make sure you have a Smart or TNT SIM card.
  • Visit https://smart.com.ph/simreg.
  • Fill out all required information on the registration portal.
  • Upload a copy of your valid ID to the portal.
  • Wait for the Public Telecommunications Entity (PTE) to verify your registration.

For Globe/TM/GOMO subscribers

  • Confirm that you are an existing or new Globe/TM subscriber.
  • Go to https://new.globe.com.ph/simreg.
  • Fill out all required information on the registration portal.
  • Upload a copy of your valid ID to the portal.
  • Wait for the PTE to confirm your registration.

For DITO subscribers:

(You may go to this link for the step-by-step guide: SIM Card Registration For DITO Subscribers)
  • Confirm that you are an existing or new DITO subscriber.
  • Visit the portal at https://dito.ph/RegisterDITO.
  • Fill out all required information on the registration portal.
  • Upload a copy of your valid ID to the portal.
  • Wait for your registration to be successful.

Please note that this information may be subject to change at any time. Be sure to stay tuned for updates and check with your provider for any additional requirements that may apply. By following these steps, you can ensure a smooth and successful process for registering your SIM card in the Philippines.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

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

Yes, it is possible to buy or register SIM cards on behalf of others in the Philippines, provided that certain conditions are met.

  • If acting as a representative, you must present a notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA) as authorization. Additionally, both the principal and representative must present original and clear copies of valid photo ID.
  • If the SIM card is for a minor, written consent from the parent or guardian, as well as the registration form and IDs for both the minor and the parent or guardian, will be required.

How can I register my SIM?

To register your SIM card in the Philippines, you must use an electronic platform (as provided on the steps mentioned above) or website provided by the public telecommunications entities (PTEs) or your telecom provider. 

This can typically be done through a registration portal that is accessible online. According to the SIM Card Registration Law in the Philippines, all SIM card registration must be done electronically.

What is the purpose of SIM card registration?

The purpose of SIM card registration in the Philippines is to identify the owner of each SIM card and prevent illegal activities, such as text scams, through text messages. By requiring SIM card owners to provide identifying information and valid government-issued IDs, authorities can trace the source of any illegal activity involving SIM cards.

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

In the Philippines, it is legally required for all SIM card owners to register their SIM cards. This applies to both prepaid and postpaid SIM cards. Existing subscribers to telecom providers such as Smart, PLDT, TNT, Dito, Globe, and TM are required to register their SIM cards through the portal provided by their telecom provider or PTE (Public Telecommunications Entity).

Please register within the specified time frame to avoid the deactivation of your SIM card.

How can I check my SIM registration details?

To check your SIM registration details, you can access the portal provided by your telecom provider. These providers include Smart, PLDT, TNT, Dito, Globe, and TM.

What SIM Cards are covered by the law?

All SIM cards in the Philippines are covered by the law requiring registration, including both prepaid and postpaid SIM cards. This means that all existing SIM cards in the Philippines must be registered, regardless of which telecom provider they are with.

What information must subscribers provide?

To register their SIM cards, subscribers must provide their full name, complete address, date of birth, gender, cell phone number, and the SIM card serial number. In addition, they must present an original and true copy of a valid government-issued ID. The process of registering a SIM card in the Philippines is free of charge for end-users, according to Section 6 of the newly signed legislation.

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

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

Are SIM card registrations kept private?

The information provided during SIM card registration is kept private unless the SIM card is involved in illegal activity. However, telecom providers and PTEs may face fines if they fail to register SIM cards without a valid reason or violate confidentiality. Providing false information, spoofing a registered SIM card, or selling a stolen SIM card may result in a prison sentence of up to two years and a fine of up to P300,000.

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

The following valid IDs are accepted for SIM card registration:

  • Driver's license
  • Voter's ID
  • Philippine National ID
  • SSS/UMID Card (Social Security System/Unified Multi-Purpose ID)
  • Passport
  • Senior citizen card
  • TIN ID (Taxpayer Identification Number ID)
  • IBP ID (Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID)
  • OWWA ID (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration ID)
  • Government office ID
  • PWD Card (Person with Disability Card)
  • School ID (for minors)
  • NBI Clearance (National Bureau of Investigation Clearance)
  • Police Clearance

For foreign nationals, the following documents may be required for SIM card registration in the Philippines:

  • 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, as needed.

Conclusion

The SIM Card Registration Law in the Philippines is critical in identifying and tracking individuals using text messages to engage in illegal activities such as text scams. Authorities can track down the source of any suspicious SIM card activity by requiring SIM card owners to provide identifying information and valid government-issued IDs.

While the information provided during SIM card registration is generally kept private, it may be disclosed in certain circumstances, such as in response to a court subpoena, lawful order, or a written request from a law enforcement agency. This serves as a reminder to refrain from engaging in any malicious, fraudulent, or unlawful text message activity.

The SIM Card Registration Law contributes to the safety and security of people who use text messaging services in the Philippines. If you require additional information on this subject, we hope that this guide has been useful. —iTacloban
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