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Many Filipino people lack valid IDs. Some government-issued IDs, such as the TIN Card, PhilHealth, etc., are not considered primary IDs. Thus, the National ID is a great privilege, especially for people with no primary identification cards.
The national ID registration aims to establish a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens of the Republic of the Philippines.
The Philippine government issues the national ID under PSA or Philippine Statistics Authority. Due to the pandemic, they made the registration possible online. This is also to limit face-to-face interactions.
With over 4 million registrants for its online Step 1 Registration, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has reached yet another milestone.
According to the PSA, 4,159,269 registrants had completed the PhilSys Step 1 Registration via https://register.philsys.gov.ph as of July 15, 2021.
Through its scheduling of appointment function, PhilSys online Step 1 intends to reduce health hazards by regulating the number of registrants at registration centers.
PSA launched the online registration portal on the 30th of April 2021 to expand Step 1 Registration services nationally and allow more Filipinos to complete this registration step.
Furthermore, the house-to-house gathering of demographic information began in October 2020 in certain provinces.
If you still haven’t started your Step 1 procedure, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the entire registration process.
10 Easy Steps To Follow
01 of 11Step 1. Online Registration
To begin with your registration, you may visit the PhilSys site. Click the proceed button, and you’ll be prompted to a page that asks for your email address or mobile number. Take note that this has to be correct, so you’ll receive the OTP.
On this page, you can see this note, “If you do not have a Philippine mobile number, please provide an email address instead. Kindly ensure that the mobile number you entered, especially for prepaid users, is your permanent mobile number. You will need the same mobile number to log in next time.”
02 of 11Step 2. OTP Confirmation
Enter the OTP sent to your email address or mobile number. If not found, you may check your spam folder or click RESEND to send OTP again. Noted that the OTP expires in 5 minutes.
03 of 11Step 3. Agree to Privacy Terms
After verifying, a pop-up will show. It’s a privacy note, and you only need to click “I AGREE” to proceed.
04 of 11Step 4. Enter Personal Details
Fill out all necessary information. Make sure that everything is correct. No typos. The details you entered are what will be shown on your physical card by the time it arrives. be careful and make sure to review everything before submitting.
Below this page, you will be asked where to deliver your national ID. You have two options: your present or permanent address. However, you may click whichever of those when your permanent address is just similar to where you are currently living.
Also note, that providing your email address or mobile number is highly recommended and is a requirement.
05 of 11Step 5. Review all details
After filling out all information needed, you may click the NEXT button, and you will see the preview of the details you entered. This time, you will have the opportunity to check for some errors and modify them.
06 of 11Step 6. Add Bank or e-money if Available
You will also be asked if you have a bank or e-money account. No worries. You can either click the YES, NO, or I DID NOT WANT TO ANSWER.
This question however is not required as part of your PhilSys registration, however, it is strongly suggested that you answer it. It will only be used for statistical purposes to support the Government’s Financial Inclusion and Social Protection programs that utilize PhilSys, and you can rest assured that your responses will not be shared with anybody.
Those who do not have a bank account can open one during Step 2 registration.
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07 of 11Step 7. Age Verification
Note that if you are registering for a minor (aged 5-17 years old), the child is now allowed to complete their Step 2 Registration in registration centers in areas identified under quarantine Alert Level 2*. Additionally, supervision from a parent and/or legal guardian is required.
08 of 11Step 8. Book an Appointment
After checking the preview and making sure that everything is correct, you can proceed to the next procedure which is to book an appointment. The PhilSys site will recommend the nearest registration center based on your location.
You may also click the “SHOW VICINITY MAP” button for any other registration centers available.
You can either book later or choose a schedule. If you’re not yet sure about your availability, you may choose to book later. If you choose to book a schedule, you’ll see the registration center’s availability. You can either choose morning or afternoon.
You can also see the number of available slots in each schedule you ought to choose. After picking your preferred time, click the “CONFIRM” button and then click NEXT to proceed.
09 of 11Step 9. Registration Complete
Finally! Congratulations! You just completed your step 1 Registration process. How easy is that? You’re just at home, facing your computer, and voila! You’re done with step 1.
To keep track of your registration you can also download the PDF that shows your Name, Appointment Reference Number, Registration Center, Center Contact Number, Appointment Date & Time, and then what to do’s of the registration process.
10 of 11Step 10. Biometric Capture
After the Step 1 registration, the registrant’s biometric data will be captured and their demographic information will be verified at local registration centers in Step 2.
PSA is establishing Step 2 registration centers in more areas nationwide to accommodate more Filipinos, which began on a gradual, small-scale basis this year. Step 2 Registration has already started in all 81 provinces and cities/municipalities in the National Capital Region
Registration is the final step in the PhilSys process, which includes receiving a PhilSys Number (PSN) and a Philippine Identification (PhilID) card. The PSN is a randomly generated number that will be used as a registrant’s permanent identifying number.
The PSN must be kept discreet and private because it is considered sensitive personal information.
Registrants must use the public PSN, specifically the PhilSys Card Number (PCN), which is also written on the PhilID card while transacting. PSA has worked with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) to ensure that registrants receive their PhilIDs in a timely and secure manner.
A total of 525,335 PhilID cards had been delivered to successful registrants as of July 16, 2021. In step 3, you can either wait for the delivery of your PhilID card or pick it up in your city’s PHLPost.
PhilSys seeks to help the Philippines make the transition to a digital society by offering legitimate identification that can be confirmed both physically and online.
Financial services, social protection, health, education, and other government services will be easier to access with PhilSys. PhilSys is also designed to make public and private transactions for Filipinos safer, more frictionless, and efficient.
11 of 11FAQ
WHAT IS REPUBLIC ACT NO. 11055?
Republic Act No. 11055, or the Philippines Identification System Act, was signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 06 August 2018. It is an act establishing a single national identification system that aims to provide a valid proof of identity for Filipino citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines.
WHAT IS PHILSYS?
The Philippine Identification System or PhilSys refers to the government’s central identification platform for all Filipino citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines.
WHAT IS PSN?
The PhilSys Number (PSN) is a unique and randomly-generated 12-digit permanent identification number that is assigned to every citizen or resident alien upon successful registration to PhilSys.
WHAT IS A PHILID?
The PhilID refers to the physical ID card that serves as a valid proof of identity that can be used to transact with the government and the private sector. The card is non-transferable and is issued upon successful registration to the PhilSys.
HOW LONG IS THE VALIDITY OF PHILID?
For Filipino citizens, the PhilID has no expiration and will only be renewed upon updating of demographic information and biometric information.
For resident aliens the PhilID is valid for only one (1) year and may be renewed annually.
IS REGISTRATION TO PHILSYS MANDATORY?
Registration to PhilSys is not mandatory as stated in the law. However, since PhilSys will be used for the issuance and provision of government services, it is strongly recommended for citizens to register.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS/DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR REGISTRATION TO PHILSYS?
The registrant is required to bring the original copy of any of the following primary documents:
PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth AND one (1) government-issued identification document which bears full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumb mark.
Philippine Passport or ePassport issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA);
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
If the registrant does not have any of the above-mentioned documents, he/she may bring original copy of any of the following 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
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID
Senior Citizen’s ID
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ID
License to Own or Possess Firearms (LTOPF) ID
Solo Parent’s ID
Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) 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, and date of birth.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE FOR REGISTRATION TO PHILSYS?
Registration to Philsys is open to all ages, even to newborn children.
For children below five (5) years old, only the demographic information and front-facing photograph will be collected and their PSN will be linked to their parent or legal guardian.
Their demographic data and complete biometric information will still be captured at the time of registration but they will have to update and have their biometrics recaptured once they reach the age of fifteen (15).
Visit the official PhilSys website (www.psa.gov.ph/philsys) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PSAPhilSysOfficial/) for the latest information.
The PhilSys Registry Office can also be reached by calling 1388 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit register.philsys.gov.ph for online Step 1 Registration.
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