by Venus Zoleta, on category "Government Services"
February 8, 2019
The Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) is a four-in-one identification card that Filipinos can use to transact with government agencies such as the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG Fund. The UMID is also accepted as a valid ID in all other transactions. This makes it one of the most powerful IDs in the Philippines. But unlike getting a passport, a UMID card application is quite simpler and easier even for fresh college graduates who are starting out in their first job.
Looking to apply for a UMID card? Here are the important things to keep in mind before you start with your UMID card application.
To date, there’s no UMID card application online. Proxies or representatives aren’t allowed, either. You have to apply personally at any SSS or GSIS office.
It could be a hassle for Filipinos who are too busy to make time for this. But it makes a lot of sense because the government has to confirm your identity and make sure that only one card is issued to you. You need to be there to have your photo, digital signature, and fingerprints taken. No other way to do that than you making a personal appearance.
UMID cards are free of charge for first-time applicants who meet these criteria:
Those who want to change or lost their old SSS ID will have to pay a replacement fee of PHP 200 directly to the SSS branch where they’ll apply for a UMID card.
SSS is the main agency that issues UMID cards to private sector workers, while GSIS processes the UMID applications of government employees. So if you work in a private company, file your UMID card application at an SSS branch. If you work in the government, apply at a GSIS branch.
Employees who are both SSS and GSIS members have to apply at the agency based on whether they’re presently employed in the public or private sector.
Before doing so, read the instructions on the last page of the form. There should be no erasures or corrections. When you’re done, double-check the form to ensure you’ve done the following:
Not all SSS offices have the facility to process UMID applications, though. To know the nearest branch where you can apply for a UMID card, check out this complete list of SSS branches with UMID enrollment facilities.
The SSS staff, after verifying your documents, will ask you to go to the booth where your picture will be taken, your fingerprints scanned, and your digital signature captured.
If you’re replacing your old SSS ID or updating the information in your UMID card, you’ll have to pay a PHP 200 replacement fee and submit a notarized affidavit of loss (for lost cards only). Payments for UMID card replacement are accepted at SSS partner banks such as EastWest Bank, Land Bank, RCBC, Security Bank, and UnionBank.
But if you’re applying for a UMID card for the first time, you don’t have to pay anything. New UMID card applications are free of charge.
According to the SSS, applicants will receive their UMID card within 30 days from the date of application.
After successful application and data capture, SSS will release your UMID within eight working days. It will then be delivered to your address via Philpost within two weeks (Metro Manila) or four weeks (outside Metro Manila).
This will allow you to use your UMID to check information about your SSS salary loan, benefits, and contributions. You can activate your card at any SSS branch or kiosks in select malls.
Has it been several months to one year already since you have filed your UMID card application in SSS? You can check the status of your UMID card in three ways.
Provide your full name, SSS number, birth date, and application date when verifying your UMID status.
With the long waiting times Filipinos have to endure before receiving their UMID card, it can be tempting to accept any offer that promises to make things faster. Be alert—it’s likely a fraud.
SSS has warned its members about a text scam that offers help in speeding up UMID card applications in exchange for a fee.
When you receive such a message from an unknown sender, just ignore it. Better yet, report the incident to SSS and your mobile network service provider.
Getting a UMID card is a straightforward process. It’s the waiting for the card’s release that will really test your patience. So it’s important to know everything about a UMID card application to manage your expectations.
But the long wait will be worth it as soon as you get your UMID card and activate it. You can use the card to withdraw your SSS benefits or salary loan proceeds from ATMs. What’s more, it’s accepted as a valid ID when you apply for financial products such as credit card or personal loans in the Philippines.
Have you applied for a UMID card? How was your experience? Got any tips to share?