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What is the easiest valid ID to get? You guessed it right: the postal ID.

The postal ID application is a quick and convenient way to get a valid ID in the Philippines. The process is straightforward, and applicants can even opt for rush processing if they need the ID card ASAP.

If the bank or government refuses to transact with you because you lack a valid ID, then you should apply for this type of valid ID. Registration for the National ID is still ongoing, and it will take around six months for the card to be issued. Also, COMELEC has stopped issuing new voter’s IDs to give way to the new national ID system.

So for now, a postal ID may be your only option to complete your requirements for any bank or government transaction.

Here’s everything you need to know about postal ID application in the Philippines.

What is the Postal ID?

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The Postal Identity Card, widely known as the postal ID, is a government identification card issued by Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost). It’s known as the easiest and fastest government ID to get in the Philippines.[1]

What are the Uses of the Postal ID?

The postal ID card is the most widely accepted identification document in postal transactions all over the world, according to the Universal Postal Union.

In the Philippines, the postal ID was originally issued to ensure correct delivery of letters and parcels. Postmen used the ID to verify a recipient’s identity and address.

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Today, besides postal transactions, the postal ID can also be used in different ways, such as the following:

  • Proof of identity for government transactions:
    • Application for other government-issued IDs such as Philippine passport, police clearance, and NBI clearance
    • Availing of SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG benefits and other government services
    • Sending or receiving money from remittance centers
  • Valid ID when opening a bank account and applying for a credit card, personal loan, and other banking products
  • E-wallet account verification
  • Availing of the Postal ID Privilege Program,[2] a service similar to the Pag-IBIG Loyalty card that provides discounts, freebies, and other privileges from various business establishments in the Philippines

Who Can Apply for a Postal ID?

Anyone regardless of age, citizenship, and occupation can get a postal ID. Foreigners can apply for a postal ID if they’ve been living in the Philippines for at least six months. Even students can get this ID, which makes it one of the most popular valid IDs anyone can easily get.

What are the Postal ID Application Requirements in the Philippines?

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Firstly, applicants need to present both the original copy and photocopy of the required documents. Also, make sure to fill up all the necessary forms before you head down to the nearest post office.

Postal ID Application Requirements for Filipinos 2022

  • Two copies of filled out postal ID application form available in any post office or can be downloaded online[3]
  • Proof of identity:
    • Any of the following: Birth certificate (issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority or Local Civil Registry), SSS UMID/GSIS ID, passport, or driver’s license
    • In the absence of a primary valid ID, any two of the following valid secondary IDs can be presented:
      • Alumni ID
      • Baptismal certificate
      • Confirmation certificate
      • Company ID
      • Elementary or High School Form 137
      • IBP ID
      • NBI clearance
      • OWWA ID
      • Pag-IBIG ID
      • PhilHealth ID
      • Police clearance
      • PRC ID
      • Seaman’s Book
      • Senior citizen ID
      • School ID
      • Transcript of Records
      • TIN ID
      • Voter’s ID
  • Proof of address under the applicant’s name (any of the following documents):
    • Barangay certificate (issued within three months before your postal ID application)
    • Utility bill (electric, water, internet, cable, etc.)
    • Bank statement
    • Credit card billing statement
    • Certified true copy of lease, titles (issued by the Land Registration Authority), or real estate tax receipt
  • Additional requirement for married women: Marriage certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority

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Postal ID Application Requirements for Foreign Residents in the Philippines 2022

  • Two copies of filled out postal ID application form
  • Passport (valid for six months before postal ID application)
  • Any of the following documents valid for at least six months before the application:
    • Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card
    • Diplomatic Visa
    • Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE)
    • Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)
    • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
  • Proof of address under the foreign applicant’s name (any of the following documents issued within three months before the application):
    • Bank statement
    • Barangay Certificate of Residency
    • Certification or statement of account from hotel, transient home or any temporary residence
    • Credit card statement
    • Notarized land, house, or condominium lease contract
    • School billing statement
    • Utility bill (electric, water, internet, cable, etc.)

How to Apply for Postal ID in the Philippines

Regular Postal ID Application Procedure: As Easy as 1-2-3

Need a valid ID ASAP? All it takes to get a postal ID card are these three easy steps:

  1. Submission of postal ID requirements: Submit all your documents and payment to any post office in the Philippines.
  2. ID data capture: Go to the nearest ID capture station, so they can take your photo, fingerprints, and signature. Over 260 postal ID capture stations[4] are located in post offices and select malls for your convenience.
  3. Postal ID delivery: Wait for your postal ID delivery to your mailing address.

Important notes:

  • Aside from post offices, PHLPost also provides postal ID mobile capturing services from time to time. Check the Postal ID Facebook page (/PostalIDPH) for announcements on mobile capturing schedules and locations.
  • Some post offices don’t have the postal ID delivery option. Instead, you’ll be asked to wait for a text message about when your postal ID is available for pick-up at a designated post office.

Rush Postal ID Application Guide

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Need to get your postal ID faster? You can avail of the rush ID service that releases a postal ID within the same day or the next working day. PHLPost has resumed rush postal ID application processing in select branches.

The rush postal ID application procedure is the same as the regular one. However, the rush ID processing service costs higher.

Post Offices with Rush Postal ID Service: Where Can I Get Rush Postal ID?

Here are some post offices that accommodate rush postal ID application in Metro Manila:

  • Manila Central Post Office (Liwasang Bonifacio, Intramuros)
  • Makati Central Post Office (Gil Puyat cor. Ayala Ave., Malugay)
  • Las Piñas Central Post Office (Las Piñas City Hall, Real cor. Pamplona St.)
  • Parañaque Central Post Office (Ninoy Aquino Ave., Brgy. La Huerta)
  • Cainta Post Office Rizal (Ardi 1 Bldg. Ortigas Ave. Ext. Brgy Sto. Domingo)
  • Quezon City Central Post Office (NIA Rd., Brgy. Pinyahan, Diliman)
  • Robinsons Otis Central Post Office (2/F Lingkod Pinoy, Philpost Robinsons Otis, Paz M. Guanzon St., Paco, Manila)
  • Robinsons Las Piñas Post Office (L/G, Robinsons Mall, Talon Tres)
  • SM Aura – Government Service Express (7/F SM Aura, Taguig City)
  • Mall of Asia (​2/L North Parking Bldg., SM Mall of Asia Gov’t Services Center)
  • SM Southmall Post Office (G/F SM Southmall Alabang Zapote Road)
  • Taguig City Hall (Gen. Luna St., Tuktukan, Taguig City Hall)
  • Valenzuela Central Post Office (Old City Hall Complex, McArthur Hwy., Malinta)

For the complete list of rush ID processing locations in the Philippines, check the Postal ID website.[5]

Rush Postal ID Application Schedule

Rush postal ID applications are open from Monday to Friday, usually from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After that, you can pick up your ID at the central office the next day from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

How to Renew Your Postal ID

If your digitized postal ID is already expired, lost, or damaged, you can apply for a renewal or replacement at any post office in the Philippines. Simply surrender your expired, expiring, or damaged card, submit two copies of accomplished postal ID application form, and pay the ₱504 postal ID renewal fee.

If you’re replacing your ID to change or update your information on the card, present applicable supporting documents, such as birth certificate for correction of name/birthdate, marriage certificate for changing from maiden name to married name, or proof of billing for change of address.

For postal ID renewal due to loss or theft, submit a notarized affidavit of loss. To get this legal document, go to the nearest notary public and describe how you lost your card. The notary public has a template for affidavit of loss, so you don’t need to create one from scratch.

If you’re replacing your old laminated paper-based postal ID (issued before April 2016), this will be considered a new application and not a renewal. Follow the postal ID application steps listed above.

Postal ID Application FAQs

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1. How long is the postal ID validity?

The postal ID is valid for three years for Filipinos and foreign residents with Special Retiree’s Resident Visa (SRRV). On the other hand, the ID will expire after one year for the rest of foreigners in the Philippines.

2. Is the postal ID a valid ID?

Yes, the postal ID is honored as a valid government-issued ID in different transactions with government and financial institutions, as long as it’s not expired (within the ID card’s validity period).

3. How to apply for a postal ID online?

Currently, there’s no postal ID online registration and application facility yet. The procedure is done on-site, as you need to be personally present to have your picture, fingerprints, and signature taken.

Nonetheless, the postal ID application is an easy and convenient process, as long as your requirements are correct and complete.

Also, never fall for services offering online assistance through Facebook and other social media channels for postal ID processing. Apply for postal ID only at PHLPost offices.

4. How many days will it take to get my postal ID?

After completing your postal ID application, expect your new ID within 15 working days if you live in Metro Manila. In the provinces, ID delivery takes about 20 working days. Those living in remote barangays and island provinces in the Philippines can expect their new ID within 30 working days.

5. How much is the postal ID fee?

The total postal ID fee, whether for first-time or renewal applications, is ₱504 (₱450 postal ID card and delivery fee + ₱54 for 12% VAT). For rush processing, the postal ID costs PHP 650.

6. How can I track my postal ID application status?

To verify your postal ID status, simply go to the PHLPost Tracking website (tracking.phlpost.gov.ph)[6] and enter the tracking number given to you.

If that doesn’t work, or you don’t have a tracking number, you may contact the PHLPost customer service hotline at (02) 8288-7678 (available Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or send an email to phlpostcares@phlpost.gov.ph or the Postal ID Facebook page to follow up on your postal ID delivery status.

7. How to verify if a postal ID is legit?

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Postal ID scams have started to pop out since the improved postal ID design was released. To help combat this, PHLPost developed an app that verifies an ID through the embedded QR code.

Just download the app and scan the QR code in your postal ID to see if its legitimate. If you received your postal ID from any post office, it’s probably legit.

8. How to avail of the Postal ID Privilege Program?

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To maximize the benefits of having a postal ID, use it to avail of the perks offered by partner establishments.

However, note that only the cardholder can use the postal ID to get the perks under the privilege program. In addition, the privileges that come with the postal ID can’t be used along with other promos of the merchant, senior citizen discount, student discount, and PWD discount. You have to choose only one promo with the higher discount.

Here’s how to use your postal ID as a privilege card:

  1. Check the Postal ID website for the list of partner merchants or the Postal ID Facebook page for updates on new partner merchants.
  2. Visit your preferred merchant.
  3. Present your valid postal ID to the cashier or customer assistant and inquire about the product or service that’s qualified for the privilege program.
  4. Follow the mechanics and enjoy your freebie or discount.

Final Thoughts

To sum up, the postal ID is evidently one of the easiest government IDs to get in the Philippines. So if you need one more valid ID, go ahead with your postal ID application.

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