Nowadays, it’s important to have at least two valid IDs in your wallet. Private and government institutions usually ask to see one before pushing through with simple to major transactions like paying for bills or opening a bank account.
And since we’re still months (or years) away from the release of the national ID, you’ll have to secure the following IDs one by one. Level up your #adulting game by collecting these valid IDs.
Primary Valid IDs in the Philippines
|ID Type||Validity||Price||Where to Get|
|Passport||10 years||PHP 950 or PHP 1,200||DFA|
|Driver's License||5 years||PHP 320 to PHP 820||LTO|
|Postal ID||Lifetime||Free||Postal Office|
|PRC ID||5 years||PHP 300 to PHP 600||PRC|
|Senio Citizen ID||Lifetime||Free||Municipal Office|
|OFW ID||2 years||Free||OWWA|
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Passports are not just useful when traveling overseas. A Philippine passport is also a powerful identification card that you can use in private- and government-related transactions.
Where to Get Your Passport
Apply for a passport through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) website. To avoid delay and inconvenience, secure an appointment slot months before your trip. Philippine passports have a 10-year validity and cost PHP 950 to PHP 1,250.
There are three types of driver’s license in the Philippines: student, non-professional, and professional. Issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), these three kinds of licenses are also considered government IDs.
Where to Get Your Driver’s License
If you’re planning to drive or purchase a vehicle, make sure to get one at an LTO branch near you or through their online portal. A license costs PHP 318 to PHP 820 and is valid for five years.
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PhilHealth members need to present their PhilHealth ID before claiming any PhilHealth benefits. Getting one is simple and won’t cost you a single cent.
Where to Get Your PhilHealth ID
Just submit two accomplished copies of the PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF), along with two 1×1 ID pictures, and two valid IDs to receive your ID at any PhilHealth Local Insurance Office (LHIO).
Read more: Simple Steps to Securing a PhilHealth ID
SSS UMID Card
The Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) is a four-in-one identification card issued by the Social Security System or SSS. It is one of the most powerful government IDs in the Philippines as it also serves as a Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG ID.
Where to Get Your UMID
To get one, simply download and fill out a UMID card application form and submit necessary documents to the SSS.
Do you know that anyone can apply for a Postal ID? Issued by PHLPost, this identification card is one of the easiest and fastest to obtain government IDs in the Philippines. Use it to validate your identity and address when transacting with private and government offices.
Where to Get Your Postal ID
To apply, visit any PHLPost branch and bring the following requirements:
- Two (2) copies of duly-accomplished PID application form
- Proof of identity (NSO-issued birth certificate, SSS UMID card, Passport, or Driver’s License)
- Proof of address (Barangay Certificate of Residency, Certified True Copy of Lease, Bank Statement)
Taxpayers are not required to carry their Tax Identification Number with a TIN ID, but having one can help you with various transactions such as opening a bank account, sending money abroad, or receiving a package.
Where to Get Your TIN ID
To get one, visit any Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) office and submit the required documents. Take note that the TIN ID is free.
Are you a registered voter? If yes, then you qualify for a Voter’s ID. Government offices and private entities recognize this ID since it is issued by one of the most powerful agencies in the country, the Commission on Elections or COMELEC. Securing a Voter’s ID, however, takes months or even years to process as it entails a fingerprint-matching procedure that filters over 52 million voter records.
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Licensed professionals such as accountants, engineers, architects, dentists, and doctors, among many others, should have a PRC ID, one of the most recognized valid IDs in the Philippines. Issued by the Professional Regulation Commission, PRC IDs serve as proof of identity and license to operate as a professional.
Senior Citizen ID
Once you reach the age of 60, one of the things you can enjoy is having a Senior Citizen ID. Seniors bearing this kind of ID can enjoy a 20% discount on fast food chains, department stores, pharmacies, public transportation, medical and dental services, and admission to theaters, concerts, and cinemas.
Where to Get Your Senior Citizen ID
To get one, just go to your municipal’s Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs and apply.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) encourages Overseas Filipino Workers to get an OFW ID to assist them with banking and government-related transactions.
Where to Get Your OFW ID
To secure one, just make an account on DOLE’s website, apply for an OFW ID, and choose if you want to pick-up your ID or have it delivered. Some banks and government institutions require a secondary ID to further validate a person’s identity. Be prepared by having any secondary valid IDs below.
Secondary Valid IDs in the Philippines
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Below is a list of valid IDs that can serve as a secondary ID. Not all institutions accept these IDs but they may come handy when you need to fulfill a transaction.
|ID Type||Validity||Price||Where to Get|
|NBI Clearance||6 months to 1 year||PHP 155||NBI|
|Police Clearance||6 months||PHP 160||Nearest Police Station|
|Barangay Clearance||Varies||Varies||Barangay Hall|
|Birth Certificate||Lifetime||PHP 330||PSA|
|Marriage Certificate||Lifetime||PHP 330||PSA|
|Community Tax Certificate (Cedula)||1 year||Minimum of PHP 5||City or Municipa Hall|
Other secondary valid IDs include:
- GSIS ID – issued by the Government Services and Insurance Corporation (GSIS)
- IBP ID – issued by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines
- Diplomat ID – issued by the Philippine Embassy
- GOCC and Government Office ID – issued by a branch or agency of the government
- Alien Certification of Registration
- NBI Clearance Online Application: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide
- Police Clearance Online Application Guide for Filipinos
- Complete Guide to PSA Online Services in the Philippines
Take the time to secure the above mentioned valid IDs. It may cost you time and money but having at least two of these identification cards can assist you when doing transactions with banks, financial institutions, government agencies, and more.
-  LTO Online Portal
-  The Improved Postal ID
-  Application for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)