Registering Online for the Philippine National ID? Here’s How

Online applications for the national ID started on Friday, April 30, with the aim of registering 70 million Filipinos in the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) by the end of 2021.

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President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11055, also known as the “Philippine Identification System Act,” on August 6, 2018, with the aim of providing valid proof of identity for Filipino citizens and resident aliens in the Philippines.

Registering Online for the Philippine National ID? Here’s How
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Here’s How to Register Online for the Philippine National ID

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that 25.7 million Filipinos had already registered through house-to-house demographic data collection after the program’s launch in October 2020.

As a result, the PSA developed an online system that allows registrants to complete their registration and schedule an appointment via a web portal.

If you want to apply for a national ID, here’s how to do it in three simple steps:

STEP 1: Set up an appointment for Step 2 and provide demographic details. This can be done through the Philsys web portal at (

The system will collect your name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, address, and optional information including marital status, phone number, and email address.

STEP 2: You must have your demographic and biometric data at the registration centre (fingerprint, iris scan, and front-facing photograph). This move takes an average of 15 minutes to complete.

Important: Don’t forget to bring your transaction number and any supporting documents! The documents you must send are mentioned below.

STEP 3: Getting a PhilID and a PhilSys Number (PSN)

The PSA teamed up with PHLPost to get your PhilID delivered to your home address. After obtaining your PHILID, do not upload or share it on social media because it contains sensitive information.

What are the requirements/documents for registering for a Philippine national ID?

The registrant must carry an original copy of any of the primary documents mentioned below:

  1. A PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth AND one (1) government-issued identity document that includes your full name, a front-facing snapshot, and your signature or thumb mark.
  2. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Philippine Passport or ePassport;
  3. Unified Multipurpose Identification Card (UMID) issued by GSIS or SSS;
  4. Student License Permit or Non-Professional/Professional Driver’s License issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

If the registrant does not have any of the above documents, he or she can carry an original copy of any of the secondary documents listed below:

  • 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 supporting documents with a front-facing image, signature/thumbmark, full name, permanent address, and date of birth will be recognized as secondary supporting documents.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is it mandatory to apply for a national identification card?

Registration for a national ID card is voluntary, according to the statute. The PhilSys would be used to issue and distribute government services, so citizens are strongly encouraged to register.

2. What is the minimum age to apply for a national identification card?

People of all ages, including newborns, can register with Philsys.

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

3. How do OFWs apply for a national ID?

By 2021, the PSA, in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), plans to develop a registration strategy for our overseas Filipinos. Our OFWs will be able to register with the PSA in 2022.

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

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