PH Rolls Out National ID Online Registration: Here are 3 Steps to Apply

Here’s some good news, kabayan! The Philippine government has officially launched the online registration for the Philippine National ID or the PhilSys ID starting April 30.

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If you want to get your national ID soon, here’s another great news: the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said that the process will be easy for everyone because the registration process (Step 1) will be completely online.

PH Rolls Out National ID Online Registration: Here Are 3 Steps to Apply
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3-Step Guide to Applying for the Philippine National ID

The PSA emphasized that applying for the national ID will only take three steps to complete, which are as follows:

STEP 1: Collection of Demographic Information

Applicants must visit the official portal of the PSA ( and provide the following details:

  • Full name
  • Sex
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Blood type
  • Address

In addition to these required pieces of information, you will also need to indicate your email address, marital status, and mobile number in the online registration form.

STEP 2: Capturing of Biometric Information

To proceed with the next step, the applicant will need to book an appointment as to when you need to go to the registration center where you will provide your biometrics information.

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Important: Prepare the required documents before going to the registration center for your appointment.

After you have booked an appointment and showed up at the registration center on your scheduled date, you will need to provide your biometric information, including your fingerprint, photo, and iris scan. You will also need to provide other supporting details for verification.

STEP 3: Issuance of PSN and PhilID

For the third step, you will be issued your PhilSys Number (PSN) and your PhilID will be delivered straight to your door.

Reminder: Do NOT post on social media your PhilID because this document contains sensitive information, which other people can use against you.

As for the physical registration centers, the PSA will designate several mobile registration centers in various locations. That said, make sure that you follow the official social media pages of the Philippine Embassy in your host country for updates regarding this.

The PSA revealed that is currently in coordination with LGUs, government agencies, and private sector to determine these locations.

What are the Documents Required?

  • Primary Documents:
    • PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth
    • One (1) government-issued ID (passport, GSIS/SSS ID, Driver’s License) or any of the following:
      • 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
      • 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
    • Secondary IDs
      • Employee ID
      • School ID
      • Barangay Clearance/Certificate
      • Barangay ID
      • City/Municipal ID

If you wish to learn more about the PhilSys, here’s a short video to give you an overview of its importance and benefits:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Am I required to register for a national ID?

National ID registration is optional, as specified in the law. Citizens are strongly encouraged to register because the PhilSys would be used for the issuance and distribution of government services.

2. What is the minimum age for registering for a national ID?

PhilSys accepts registrations from people of all ages, including newborns.

Only demographic information and a front-facing photograph will be obtained from children under the age of five (5), and their PSN will be connected to their parent or legal guardian. Their demographic information and full biometric information will be collected at the time of registration, but they will need to update their information and have their biometrics taken again once they reach the age of fifteen (15).

3. How do OFWs apply for a national ID?

The PSA has stated that it will establish a registration strategy for our Overseas Filipinos in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) by 2021. The PSA intends to begin the registration process for our OFWs in 2022.

If you have further questions and concerns regarding this process, you may send your queries via or call 1388 (fees may apply).

The National ID is one of the landmark projects of the Duterte administration. The national ID will serve as a unified document that will be recognised in all public and private institutions to facilitate ease of transactions and access to services for all residents of the Philippines and Filipino citizens based overseas.

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