Today, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has opened the registration platform for the Philippine National ID. The ID will be part of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), which aims to make processes and services more accessible to the public.
The basic personal information of any Filipino worldwide will be available on the card itself: their name, date and place of birth, blood type, sex, and marital status. Other information like contact numbers and emails, as well as biometrics, will also be stored in the system. A unique identification number will be assigned to each individual to facilitate easier identification when need be. (Read: COMELEC Releases Guidelines for Voters’ Registration)
So how does one apply for a PhilSys ID? Here are the three steps to follow!
Step 1: Register Your Demographic Information
Anyone who is looking to get their own PhilSys ID must first fill out PSA’s online form that asks for their demographic information. Your full name, date and place of birth, sex, blood type, and address will be the required fields, while your marital status, mobile number, and email address are optional information that will be collected.
After filling out all necessary information, you can proceed to schedule an in-person appointment.
Step 2: Physical Registration
The in-person appointment at your local physical registration centers will be for the purpose of taking your biometrics. Fingerprints, iris scans, and photographs of the applicant will be taken on that day. Document validation will also be done.
Remember to bring an original copy of a government-issued or valid ID on the day of the appointment. Here is the list of the accepted IDs (applicants are required to bring at least one). (Read: 5 Steps to Use ‘Bayanihan E-Konsulta’ on Facebook)
The following will also be accepted given that it has the photograph, signature/thumb mark, full name, address, and date of birth of the bearer: Employee ID, School ID, Barangay ID, City ID, and Barangay Clearance or Certificate.
Step 3: Issuance of PhilSys Number (PSN) and PhilID
The ID bearing your photograph and basic information will be delivered by PHLPost to your registered address. It doesn’t say how long the delivery time will take, but for reference, President Rodrigo Duterte applied for the ID in January and got the physical ID last March.
Check the official PhilSys Facebook page for updates.