PHILSYS ID | Philippine National ID – National ID GUIDE

PHILSYS ID | Philippine National ID

PhilSys ID or Philippine Identification System ID is also known as the Philippine Identification Card is the official national identification card for Filipino citizen. It is implemented by the Philippine government under the Philippine Identification System Act (Republic Act No. 11055) which serves as the government’s unified, centralized form of identification for Filipino citizens and resident aliens signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 6, 2018.

PhilSys ID or Philippine Identification System ID is Used For?

  • Application for social welfare programs and benefits from the SSS, GSIS, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG Fund, COMELEC registration and other government agencies
  • Issuance of passport, driver’s license, and other government-issued IDs
  • Bank account opening and other transactions with banks and other financial transactions
  • Tax-related transactions
  • Admission to schools or government hospitals
  • Transactions for employment purposes

How to Get a National ID Card in the Philippines

Those who wish to get a PhilID will have to follow these steps.

Step 1: Register Online

national ID registration - PhilSys online

Log on to Then fill out the application form. You’ll also be prompted to book your preferred appointment schedule for Step 2. You’ll receive a copy of your Application Reference Number (ARN) or a QR code, which you’ll need to present at the registration center.

Step 2: Proceed to Your Designated Registration Center

Head to your assigned registration center on the day of your appointment. Visit the PhilSys website to see the list of provinces, cities, and municipalities open for online booking appointments. You may also get in touch with your local government unit to see if it has already established a registration center.

At this stage, your demographic data will be validated and your biometric information will be captured.

Philippine National ID Requirements

At the registration center, present your ARN or QR code. Also, make sure to bring the original copy of your supporting documents:

  • PSA-issued Birth Certificate and one government-issued identification document that bears your full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumbmark.
  • Philippine Passport or ePassport
  • GSIS or SSS-issued Unified Multi-Purpose Identification Card (UMID)
  • LTO Student Permit or Non-Professional/Professional Driver’s License

If you don’t have any of the documents mentioned above, you can bring the original copy of any of the secondary documents below:

  • 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
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • SSS ID
  • Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ID
  • License to Own or Possess Firearms (LTOPF) ID
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance/ID
  • Solo Parent’s ID
  • PWD ID
  • Voter’s ID
  • Postal ID
  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) ID
  • PhilHealth ID
  • Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA)-issued Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)
  • National ID from other countries
  • Residence ID from other countries

The following documents will be accepted as secondary supporting documents as long as they bear a front-facing photograph, full name, permanent address, birthdate, and signature/thumbmark:

  • Employee ID
  • School ID
  • Barangay Clearance/Certificate
  • Barangay ID
  • City/Municipal ID

Step 3: Wait for the Delivery of Your National ID Card

After successfully registering, await the delivery of your PhilSys Number (PSN) and later, your official PhilID, which should be delivered to your indicated address. Your transaction slip or any valid ID will be needed by the courier for verification purposes.

Are there any fees involved?

NO fees involved. In cases of damage or loss, however, citizens will have to shoulder an ID replacement fee.

For the latest on PhilSys, visit the official PhilSys website ( or Facebook page ( You may also reach the PhilSys Registry Office via hotline number 1388 or e-mail at 

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