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.
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
- 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.
- 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
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)
Requirements: Birth Certificate
One (1) Valid ID
Tin Application Form
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.
Requirement: One (1) valid ID
Accomplished application form
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
Requirements: Two (2) 2×2 latest ID picture
Two (2) Valid IDs
Accomplished SSS UMID Application Form
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!