Sooner than later, we shall be required to register with the Philippine ID system and get our very own national ID. On August 6, 2018, the President signed the national ID system bill into law, mandating the government to create a single official identification card for all of the country’s citizens and foreign residents.
What does this mean to Filipinos?
A centralized database for the vital information of all residents of the country will be implemented to speed up and improve the delivery of government services. Pinoys no longer need to present multiple government-issued IDs for their transactions with government offices and private establishments.
How does it work and how will the government collect our information?
Every resident shall be required to register with the system and will be issued a randomly generated, unique, and permanent ID number or Common Reference Number (CRN). Information to be collected from registrants are:
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth
- Biometric information such as facial image, full set of fingerprints, iris scan, and other identifiable features that are necessary.
- Mobile numbers and email address are optional.
What do I need to present when applying for a National ID?
Local residents need only to present their PSA birth certificate while resident aliens need to execute a certification of their status. Additional documents may be required during evaluation.
How much do we need to pay to get a National ID?
Registration is free of charge; Pinoys residing abroad are likewise encouraged to sign up with the embassy or consular officer where they are located.
Where can we use the National ID?
Specific transactions that the ID can be used for:
- Applying for social welfare and benefits
- Applying for services offered by the GSIS, SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, and other government agencies.
- Applying for passport and driver’s licenses.
- Tax-related transactions.
- Registration and voting identification purposes.
- Applying for schools, colleges, universities, and other learning institutions.
- Applying for employment and other related transactions.
- Opening bank accounts and other transactions with banks and financial institutions.
- Verifying criminal records and clearances.
- Other transactions defined in the implementing rules and regulations (IRR).
Who shall handle all of our personal data?
The National ID system shall be implemented by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA – formerly NSO). The same agency where we secure copies of our certified civil registry documents such as birth, marriage, death, and CENOMAR.
If you have further questions about the National ID system, send us an email and we will do our best to find the answers for you.