On Adulting: A Walk Through On Valid IDs You Should Apply For Today

Upon turning 18 years old, the ‘adulting stage’ puzzled me about the valid identification cards I needed to apply for. I was confused and constantly asking myself about the differences and importance of each government IDs – when they are not even mentioned (maybe was I only busy talking with my seatmate?) or endorsed in school. Such a ‘reklamadora’ that I am, many times I have refused to prepare my requirements. Also, I was figuring out “Kailangan ‘diba ng valid id para makakuha ng valid id?” What???

If you find yourself in the same situation, good thing you clicked on my blog! Supported by the tricks and tips from Imoney PH, Edukasyon PH, I’m sharing with you what I have learned as I started applying for my valid IDs two years ago. Here’s a walk through from Your Tita Ja to help you with this adulting struggle. Get your life together, pamangkin!

1. Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA)

Formerly known as NSO Birth Certificate, you already have a valid identification document. Congratulations! Haha. A step forward in the game.

Validity: Lifetime

Cost: 145-320 pesos (it actually depends if you apply at a National Statistics Office or online).

Learn more about your PSA here.

2. Student Identification Card

Some government offices accept school id for recognition. Make sure your IDs are updated and validated by your university. I only had my school id validated at the end of my first semester, the whole sem I almost wasn’t able to enter the library when the guard has “sumpong” because she’s checking if the students are enrolled. And there I was, with my ID stamped with second sem 2018-2019 sticker. Wag tuluran! Hassle! Super!

3. Community Tax Certificate (Cedula) and Barangay Clearance

  • Community Tax Certificate – Go to your Barangay Hall, fill out an application form, pay the required amount and claim your cedula.

Validity: One Year

  Cost: 6 pesos

  • Barangay Clearance – you’ll need this as a proof of residency when you apply for Postal ID, Voter’s ID, and (if applicable) PWD ID.

Requirements: Cedula, accomplished form from Barangay Hall

Cost: Free (20 pesos or depending on the barangay)

Validity: 3-6 months

3. PhilHealth Identification Card

Philhealth members need to present their ID before claiming their benefits. Have yours issued at a Philhealth Local Insurance Office (LHIO).

Two types of Philhealth ID

  1. PhilHealth regular ID card – a cardboard like ID card that isn’t fully laminated upon provision. It is not universally considered as a valid ID, only by a few government agencies and establishments.
  2. PhilHealth Insurance card – a fully laminated photo ID card that is acknowledged by all government agencies and all other establishments as a valid ID.

 Requirements: Two (2) Philhealth Member Registration Form

                             One (1) photocopy of Birth Certificate or two valid IDs

                              One (1) 1×1 ID Picture

Validity: Lifetime

Cost: a. Regular ID: Free

b. Insurance Card: 90 for ID, 358 for dependent

Find the nearest Philhealth office branch here.

4. TIN Card

It is not required for taxpayers to have their Tax Identification Number Card in hand but having one will always prepare you when you need a verification for identity.

Where to get: Bureau Of Internal Revenue (BIR Office)

Validity: Indefinite

Requirements: Birth Certificate

                              One (1) Valid ID

                              Tin Application Form

Cost: Free

Find more about your TIN ID Card on their BIR’s website.

5. Voter’s ID

This ID is only granted to registered voters. If you are not yet a registered voter but you’re eligible to vote, stop ranting about the government officers online, you keyboard warrior. Go to COMELEC and bring an ID and register as a voter in your district. For registered voters, proceed to COMELEC with your valid ID and fill out their application form. Make the world a better place.

Validity: Indefinite

Requirement: One (1) valid ID

                           Accomplished  application form

Cost: Free

Visit the COMELEC’s website, educate yourself.

6. SSS UMID Card

The Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) is one of the most powerful valid IDs in the Philippines, as it bears all the information of the cardholder’s local benefits. It also serves as a Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG ID.

Where to get: At any Philhealth Regional or SSS Office

Validity: Lifetime

Requirements: Two (2) 2×2 latest ID picture

                             Two (2) Valid IDs

                              Accomplished SSS UMID Application Form

 Cost: Free

Online registration here.

8. Driver’s License

There are three types of driver’s license in the Philippines: student, non-professional, and professional. Each license grants different level of driving proficiency. This type of identification is acknowledged by both private and government offices, including banks.

Where to Get: Issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO)

Validity: 5 years

Requirements: Duly accomplished application form for driver’s license

                             Valid Student permit

                             Medical Certificate with an official receipt

Cost: 318-820 pesos

Visit their website for more information.

Tips from Your Tita Ja:

  1. Get A LOT of ID pictures for applications that require photos. You can have yours taken at a computer shop or image studio. Make sure you are not wearing any accessory, and if possible be in a collared shirt. Get the following sizes: 1×1, 2×2, and passport size.
  2.  Print and fill out applications at home, or apply online (if applicable). Take this shortcut so you don’t have to fall in line for the forms at the government office you’re going to.
  3.  Photocopy your IDs, especially your birth certificate.

4. Go early in the morning to avoid long lines, but be prepared to wait. Government offices are notorious for long lines and waiting areas. So head early in the morning to get it over with.  Bring anything to keep you occupied or someone to accompany you. When I was applying for my driver’s license, I was at the LTO for 9 freaking hours. Good thing it expires in 5 years.

That’s it! You can now process more government IDs such as the NBI Clearance, Postal ID, and Passport. Take not and make sure to follow this walk through to get these easy valid IDs, less hassle. If you find this blog helpful, share this post to your friends with the hashtag #OpoTitaJa. Sharing is caring!

14 thoughts on “On Adulting: A Walk Through On Valid IDs You Should Apply For Today

  1. The birth certificate doesn’t exactly have a lifetime validity. Some check the barcode to see when the file was requested/printed because they prefer a copy that’s a year or less, if I’m not mistaken.


  2. Great tips! I learned from my mom before that it’s really best to have many valid gov’t IDs. The ones I usually use are my driver’s license, philippine postal ID, and passport (not really an ID but for gov’t purposes, this will do). 🙂
    – Hazel https://hazywanders.com/

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    1. Thank you for reading through the article! Also learned a lot on applying for IDs from my mom. I’m planning to work on passport and postal ID once I settled my class schedule. Will include this in my next blog post. 🙂


  3. Wow, pretty useful info you got here. I remember losing all my valid ID’s to a thief who broke our car window to get my…….diaper bag! I was using one of those that look like a lady’s bag, so he got himself a bunch of old bottles and milk powder and diapers.
    Unfortunately for me, my wallet was also in the bag. So all my ID’s were gone and it took me years to finally find the time to take care of them all.

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    1. Hala. Really? Sayang.. pero it was funny! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I wonder about the thief’s reaction after realizing it’s a diaper bag.


  4. This is very useful for younger people. With the birth certificate, I’m not sure if the PSA copy validity now is for lifetime because I remembered before when it was still NSO they requested me to get a latest copy.

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  5. Hi again! Not sure why I can’t comment on your latest blog post 😦 But just want to say that the food they serve looks delicious! Good thing you were able to go home safely too ~ i can imagine a lot of people panicking because of the taal eruption 😥

    – Hazel https://hazywanders.com/

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