How to Apply and Get a Postal ID in the Philippines

Step-by-step instructions to acquire a Postal ID

How to Apply and Get a Postal ID in the Philippines

Philippine Postal ID Guidelines: How and Where to Get One

Manila, Philippines – Nowadays, a Filipino citizen should have at least 2 valid IDs to open a bank account, pay bills, or acquire another valid ID. Some of the acceptable valid ones include passport, UMID, PRC ID, senior citizen ID, and OFW ID, to name a few.

How to Apply and Get a Postal ID in the Philippines
How to Apply and Get a Postal ID in the Philippines

One of the most valid IDs here in the Philippines is a Postal ID. In this article, we’ll provide you with steps and requirements for getting one.

Step 1. Submit completely filled-out application forms with your requirements at the nearest post office.

You will then be photographed and fingerprinted. There are 260 postal ID capture stations nationwide (please see locations on Kindly present any two of the following list of primary IDs:

Voter’s ID, Tax ID, Senior Citizen ID, Seaman’s Book, Police Clearance, PRC ID, Philhealth ID, PAGIBIG ID, OWWA ID, NBI Clearance, Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID, Company ID, School ID, Marriage Certificate, Elementary or High School Form 137, Confirmation Certificate, Transcript of Records (College or Post Graduate), Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, BIR ID.

Step 2. Present our proof of address. Check the following:

  • Barangay Certificate of Residency – issued within three (3) months before PID application
  • Certification or statement of account from a hotel, transient home, or any temporary residence within three (3) months before the application
  • Notarized, if applicable, Land, House, or Condominium Lease Contract
  • Bank statement
  • Credit card statements
  • School billing statement
  • Utility bill (cable, electric, internet, landline, telephone, water)

Step 3. When you complete the ID data capture process, you just need to wait for your ID to be delivered to your mailing address.

  • Within Metro Manila – approximately 10 to 15 working days
  • Island provinces and remote barangays – approximately 4 to 5 weeks

Why should you get the improved Postal ID?

There are improved security features and an encrypted QR (‘quick response’) code printed on the card that can verify the ID holder’s identity using a downloadable smartphone application. It is also overlaid with a hologram that can be viewed only at certain angles.

How much is the Postal ID?

The Postal ID Card plus the delivery fee and 12% vat costs Php 504.00. The improved postal ID is valid for three (3) years for Filipinos and foreign residents with Special Retiree’s Resident Visa (SRRV).

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