How To Get Your National ID In The Philippines (2021 Guide)

Planning on getting a national ID? This guide will teach you how to get a national ID in the Philippines, the requirements, and where you can avail it from the many registration centers. 

National ID (Phil ID) Front View
Front View
National ID (Phil ID) Rear View
Rear View

As of 2020, registration is not yet open, but it’s recommended to prepare in advance to make your application smoother.

How To Get National ID (Step by step)

1. Prepare all the requirements (see below)

2. Head to the designated registration center near you

3. Register your biometric information (front-facing photograph, fingerprints, and iris scan)

4. Wait for PhilSys Number (PSN) to be generated

5. Issuance of national ID (Phil ID) and PSN

Philippine National ID Requirements 

To get your national ID, you’ll need to submit the following requirements:

  1. PhilSys Application Form (Form No.1) – Applicants must fill out and submit the application form to any registration center (see below).
  1. Primary Documents – Aside from the PhilSys application form, any of the following documents should also be submitted:
    • PSA birth certificate and one (1) government-issued ID showing your full name, photo, signature, and thumb mark
    • Valid Philippine passport
    • Unified Multi-purpose Identification (UMID) card from Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) or Social Security System (SSS)
    • Other documents approved by the PSA
  1. Secondary Documents (optional) – You can submit any of these documents if you don’t have any primary documents:
    • PSA birth certificate
    • Government-issued ID showing your full name, photo, signature, and thumb mark
    • Equivalent ID issued by the private sector approved by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

For resident aliens,  they must present their Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) or ACR ID.

For married women that have their husband’s surname, they must submit a PSA marriage certificate.

Where Can You Get A National ID In The Philippines?

Here’s a list of registration centers where you can get a Philippine national ID:

  • Civil Registry Office (LCRO) in a city or municipality
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC) local or provincial offices
  • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) branches
  • Pag-IBIG or Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) branches
  • Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) branches
  • Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) regional and provincial offices
  • Postal offices under PHL Post or Philippine Postal Corporation
  • Social Security System (SSS) branches
  • Government agencies or GOCCs assigned by the PSA

You’ve Learned How To Get A National ID!

You now know how to get a national ID. You can view the official flyer for more information. For any concerns and questions regarding your national ID application, kindly refer to the contact information below.

PhilSys Contact Information



Telephone: +632-7616-6331


Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the benefit of having a national ID?

A universal ID makes it easier to transact with private and government entities since it’s eligible as a valid ID for security purposes in the event you’re asked to present a government-issued ID.

Aside from being a valid ID, another benefit is to make social welfare programs and benefits like housing loans and insurance more accessible to every citizen and resident aliens in the Philippines.

How much is the fee for a national ID?

The application, issuance, and renewal of the national ID is free of charge for citizens.

Resident aliens, however, are subject to a schedule of fees issued by the PSA.

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