How to Apply for a Postal ID in the Philippines (updated for 2019)
Government ID’s are king. You can’t open a bank account or deal with many agencies without them. It’s also required for certain modes of transportation, like taking a domestic flight. (Read: Tips to Book Cheap Flights)
If you don’t have one yet, or if you’re hoping to get a second government ID, one of the easiest ones to get is a postal ID.
What is a Postal ID?
The postal ID is a government-issued ID that is obtained from the Philippine Postal Corporation. Any Filipino, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad, is eligible to obtain a postal ID. Even foreigners can get a postal ID, but they must have been residing in the Philippines for at least 6 months.
How to Apply for a Postal ID Online
The application process is fairly simple, and you don’t need to show proof of employment or pass any tests.
Step 1: Download the application form from the Philippine Postal ID website. Print out two copies and completely fill out both copies. Take note that there are red check marks on the form that show the required fields.
Step 2: Gather the required documents (see below) and bring them to the nearest ID capture station. A list of the ID capture stations can be found here.
At the ID capture station, you’ll be digitally photographed and your fingerprint will be taken. There are about 260 ID capture stations nationwide in designated post offices and select malls. You’ll see a clearly marked window for postal ID applications in the post office.
Step 3: Pay the fee and wait for your postal ID to get delivered to the address you have put in your application form. It will be delivered in about 15 working days for Metro Manila addresses, 20 working days for other major cities and municipalities, and 30 working days for island provinces and remote barangays. Yes, it’s as straightforward as that!
Postal ID Requirements
When you submit your application form, make sure to bring the following documentary requirements:
1. Proof of Identity
Bring any one of the following for proof of identity:
- Birth Certificate Issued by NSO or Local Civil Registry;
- GSIS or SSS UMID Card;
- Valid Driver’s License; or
- Valid Passport (Read: How to Apply for a Passport)
Applicants who don’t have any of the above can bring any two (2) of the following. At least one of them should bear the applicant’s photo and signature:
- BIR ID
- Baptismal Certificate
- Certificate of Birth
- College or Post-Graduate Transcript of Records
- Confirmation Certificate
- Elementary or High School Form 137
- Marriage Certificate
- Valid Alumni ID
- Valid Basic Postal ID
- Valid College, School or University ID
- Valid Company ID
- Valid Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID
- Valid NBI Clearance (Read: How to Apply for NBI Clearance)
- Valid OWWA ID
- Valid Pag-Ibig ID
- Valid PhilHealth ID
- Valid PRC ID
- Valid Paper-based Postal ID
- Valid Police Clearance
- Valid Seaman’s Book
- Valid Senior Citizen ID
- Valid Tax Identification Number Card
- Valid Voter’s ID
If you are married, bring your marriage certificate.
2. Proof of address
You need to submit any one (1) of the following:
- Barangay Certificate of Residency issued within three (3 months) prior to postal ID application
- Certified True Copy of Lease
- Certified True Copy of Titles issued by the Land Registration Authority (LRA)
- Certified True Copy of Real Estate Tax Receipt
- Bank Statement, Credit Card Statement
- School Billing Statement
- Utility Bill (cable, electric, internet, landline, telephone, water)
What Can I Do with a Postal ID?
Your Postal ID is valid for three years. During this time, you can use it for anything that requires a valid government-issued ID, including verifying your Coins.ph account!
After your Coins.ph account is verified, you can enjoy higher daily and monthly cash in limits, which makes it easier to pay bills online or send money to another Coins.ph account. You will also be able to cash out of your Coins.ph wallet and have access exclusive promos.
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