PHILPOST: How to Apply For A Digitized Postal ID Card
Hey brother! Did you know that the Philippine Postal Corporation, or simply Philpost, recently upgraded its postal ID card?! I bet you'll be happy to know that the new digitized postal ID card will now be accepted to any office or agency just like your other Government Issued IDs. And not only that! Allegedly it is super easy to apply and the ID will be delivered right on your doorstep!
The new postal ID card is made of pvc, hardbound just like an ATM card and UMID card. In addition, it also has electronic security features which is listed below. Validity of the new Philpost ID id good for three (3) years.
One of the reasons for the upgrade is because the old laminated postal ID was very vulnerable and easy to copy so Philpost has launched the new ID card system. You can also use this new ID card when getting a passport as DFA approved it as one of the valid IDs, on banks, hospitals, ports, and other offices. Who can apply for the new Postal ID card?
All Filipinos of any age, living here in the Philippines or abroad, are eligible to apply.
Good news to foreignoys! Philpost would be allowing foreigners residing in the Philippines for at least six (6) months, to be able to apply for ID soon
Importance of the new Postal ID: Everybody needs a proper ID to present in banks, hospitals and offices. It is also required before boarding a boat or aircraft. You need to show at least two (2) IDs when applying for a job, a passport, or a loan. Many Filipinos cannot get transactions done because they lack a valid proof of identity and address. New Postal ID Card Requirements:
Unlike other IDs like SSS, GSIS, PRC license etc, getting the new postal ID does not need special skill, qualification or employment. You only need to show any two (2) original and photocopyof the following documents: Proof of Identity – Submit any or one (1) of the following:
Birth Certificate – Issued by NSO or Local Civil Registrar
LTO Driver’s License
Proof of Address – Submit any or one (1) of the following:
Barangay Certificate of Residency
Utility Bill (electricity bill, water bill, credit card statement and the like)
Please note the following:
Married females must bring their Marriage Certificate to validate change of name from birth document
Minors or those below 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian
Applicants with no Birth Certificate, UMID Card, LTO Driver’s License or Valid Passport may submit ANY TWO (2) of the following documents, at least one of which should bear the applicant’s photo and signature:
-Valid paper-based Postal ID
-Valid NBI/Police Clearance
-Old SSS or GSIS card
-Valid OWWA ID
-Valid PRC ID
-Digitized BIR ID
-Valid Seaman’s Book
-Valid Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID
-Valid Company ID
-Senior Citizen ID
-Certificates of Birth/Marriage from National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)
-National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)
-Elementary or High School Form 137
-Transcript of Records with readable dry seal (for applicants 18 years old and below)
-Valid University/School or Alumni ID
New Postal ID Application Fees
Applicants will pay the following fixed fee anywhere in the country.
How to get the New Postal ID card? Kindly follow the following procedures:
Prepare the necessary documents mentioned above and submit them at the nearest post office in your area.
Fill up the application form. You can get one at the nearest post office or you can download the form here: Postal ID Application Form.
After your documents are screened, you will go the nearest ID “capture” station to be photographed and fingerprinted. There are 260 postal ID capture stations nationwide and you can find them here: Postal ID Capture Stations
Postal ID Released and Delivery:
How long do you need to wait for the release of your postal ID? Philpost will deliver it at the address you provided in the application form in:
5 working days – for Metro Manila address 7 working days – for other major cities and municipalities 15 working days – for island provinces and remote barangays
Security Features of the new Postal ID:
On-site digital capture of fingerprints, photo, signature and personal details
Centralized ID printing and database to guarantee that the cards are authentic
An encrypted QR (‘quick response’) code printed on the card can verify the identity of ID holder using a downloadable smart-phone application.
What will happen to my old but still valid Postal ID?:
The old ID will remain valid up to its date of expiration. Post offices will stop issuing paperbased IDs when the new Postal ID becomes available in their area. Old but valid postal IDs may also be converted to the new Postal ID at a price discount: