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Filipinos began using the cedula in the 19th century during the Spanish regime. Perhaps the most notable thing we can remember about it now is how the Katipuneros, led by Andres Bonifacio, tore their cedulas, signifying their protest against Spanish colonial rule.[1]

But despite the measures filed by some politicians to abolish the use of the cedula or the community tax certificate,[2] it’s still considered a valid form of identification in the Philippines. A cedula can help facilitate your transactions with the government and other private organizations.

Learn how to get a cedula in this short guide. 

What is a Cedula? 

A cedula is a document issued to Filipinos upon payment of a residence tax. At present, the cedula is one of the basic requirements for most government transactions. It can also serve as valid identification for individuals and corporations residing or located in the same municipality where it is acquired. 

Why is a Cedula Important?

The cedula’s importance dates back to the Spanish era when all residents 18 years old and above were required to present it as identification and proof of tax payment. 

Based on Article 6 of the Local Government Code of 1991,[3] cities and municipalities are empowered to levy an annual community tax on individuals and juridical persons. 

The Local Government Code also mandates that the community tax shall accrue on the first day of January of each year, which shall be paid not later than the last day of February of each year.

It also exempts the following from paying the community tax: 

  • Diplomatic and consular representatives;
  • Transient visitors who stay in the Philippines for three months or less.

If the person or corporation is exempted from the community tax, a Community Tax Certificate can still be obtained upon payment of PHP 1.

Related article: Know Your Taxes: Basics of Tax in the Philippines

Where Can You Get a Cedula?

how to get a cedula - mayor holding a cedula
Photo from Mayor Sonny Pablo’s Facebook Page

You can apply for a cedula from your barangay, city, or municipal hall.  However, since most barangays already issue a Barangay Clearance, you can obtain a cedula from the city hall or municipal hall of your residence or where the business is located.

What Do You Need  a Cedula For?

Although this document is not usually required, a lot of transactions still require a cedula or a community tax certificate number. Here are just some of them:   

  • Registering a new business
  • Applying for a job
  • Filing Income Tax Returns (ITR)
  • Seeking notarization of documents
  • Applying for licenses, receipts, and certificates from government offices
  • Receiving payment or salary from government agencies
  • Proof of Ownership of Real Estate Properties requirement
  • Proof of Residency requirement
  • Proof of Payment of dues to exercise a profession requirement

More importantly, you can also present your cedula as a valid document to receive your COVID-19 vaccination.[4] The cedula can be presented along with your PhilHealth Identification Number (PIN). 

Who Can Get a Cedula?

Different municipalities may have different requirements when applying for a cedula. In general, individuals who meet the following criteria can get a cedula:

  • Resident of the Philippines 18 years old and above
  • Individuals who are salaried employees for at least 30 consecutive working days during the calendar year
  • Those who own a business or are engaged in business within the municipality or city
  • Those who own a real estate property or a collective asset value of PHP1,000 and above within the municipality
  • Those who are required by law to file income tax returns

What are the Community Tax Certificate Requirements?

Again, the requirements may differ from one municipality or city to another. However, here are the basic requirements which you can prepare in advance. 

Cedula Requirements for Individuals

  • Accomplished Community Tax Declaration Form
  • Valid government-issued ID
  • Proof of Income
  • Payslip

Cedula Requirements for Business Owners

  • Accomplished Community Tax Declaration Form
  • A valid government-issued ID
  • Approved business tax declaration as evaluated by the City Treasurer’s office

Cedula Requirements for Authorized Representatives

  • Valid government-issued ID
  • Authorization letter
  • Photocopy of the valid government-issued ID of the person or business owner being represented

How Much is the Cedula Fee? 

The fees depend on your municipality, profession, income, and business. Below is an estimate of the fees you need to pay for a community tax certificate:

For Individuals:

  • Basic community tax (minimum of PHP 5)
  • Additional tax of PHP 1 for every PHP 1,000 of gross earnings for the previous year
  • PHP 1 tax for every PHP 1,000 of property’s total assessed value

For Corporations:

  • Basic community tax (minimum of PHP 5) 
  • Additional tax of PHP 2 for every PHP 5,000 of gross earnings for the previous year 
  • Additional tax of PHP 2 for every PHP 5,000 of the property’s total assessed value

Note: All fees should not exceed PHP 5,000. 

How to Get a Cedula

Need a cedula but don’t know how to get started? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get a community tax certificate.

1. Visit your barangay, municipal, or city hall and go to the designated counter or window for cedula applications.

2. Accomplish the Community Tax Declaration Form by providing the following information: 

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Citizenship
  • Civil status
  • Profession/occupation
  • Birthdate
  • Place of birth
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Gross annual income (for employed)
  • Signature

3.  Submit the form for encoding and present your valid ID and required documents.

4. Pay the fees and sign the copies as required by the issuing officer.

5.  Wait for your copy of the cedula to be issued. 

How to Get Cedula Online

Not all barangays, cities, and municipalities have an online platform for cedula applications. But if you’re a resident of Manila,[5] San Fernando in La Union,[6] or Cebu,[7] you can accomplish the Community Tax Declaration Form online, print it, and present it at the city hall when you pay the fees. 

Manila residents can also download the Go! Manila app on their Android smartphones to get a cedula without having to go to the Manila City Hall.

how to get a cedula online via Go Manila app

When is the Cedula Expiration? 

The community tax certificate validity is one year from the date of issue. So if you get a cedula on July 27 this year, it will be valid until July 27 next year only. 

Final Thoughts

The cedula  is not just a reminder of that historic event in Pugad Lawin. It’s also a document that proves you’re paying your community tax. Learning how to get a cedula can make future transactions with the government a lot easier, especially if it asks for documentary requirements like a cedula. 

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