Getting a National ID in 'three easy steps'

Published April 30, 2021, 9:55 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Friday, April 30, started to accept online registrations for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

PSA said the pilot online registration is the first step to obtain a national ID or PhilID.


Individuals can get their digital national ID by following these “three easy steps.”

Step 1: Collecting demographic information and appointment-setting for Step 2 using the online registration portal.

You will be asked to provide the following information:



Date of birth

Place of birth

Blood type


Other “optional” information, such as marital status, cell phone number, and email address can also be provided by applicants.

After providing the required information, applicants can already set an appointment for Step 2 at the nearest registration center.

Step 2: Obtaining biometric information, such as fingerprint, iris scan, and front-facing photograph and validation of supporting documents.

This step will be held at the registration center, which the applicant selected in the Step 1 registration.

“Don’t forget to bring your transaction number for this step,” the PSA reminded.

The applicants are advised to present an original copy of at least one of the following:

Primary Documents:

PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth and one government-issued identification document which bears the full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumb mark.

DFA-issued Philippine Passport or ePassport;

GSIS or SSS-issued Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card (UMID);

Land Transportation Office (LTO)-issued Student’s License Permit or Non-Professional/Professional Driver’s License

Secondary Documents:

PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth/NSO-issued Certificate of Live Birth with Birth Reference Number (BreN)

LCRO-issued Certificate of Live Birth

PSA-issued Report of Birth

PSA-issued Certificate of Foundling

Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Identification Card

Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID

Seaman’s Book

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID

Senior Citizen’s ID


Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ID

License to Own or Possess Firearms (LTOPF) ID

NBI Clearance

Police Clearance/ID

Solo Parent’s ID


Voter’s ID

Postal ID

Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) ID

Philhealth ID

Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA)-issued Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

National ID from other countries

Residence ID from other countries

The following identification documents shall be accepted as secondary supporting documents provided that they have a front-facing photograph, signature/Thumbmark, Full Name, Permanent Address, Date of Birth.

Employee ID

School ID

Barangay Clearance/Certificate

Barangay ID

City/Municipal ID

Step 3: Issuance of PhilSys Number (PSN) and PhilID

The PSN and PhilID will be delivered to the applicant’s home by PHLPost.

PSA discouraged Filipinos from posting their PhilID personal information on social media.

If you have any concerns or questions, please refer to the following feedback channels:

Email: [email protected]


Hotline: 1388 (fees may apply)

The PhilID, which is a valid proof of identity to apply for scholarships or loans, open a bank account, and other government services, is free and has no expiration date.