Published: February 5, 2015 | Updated: April 21, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Government Services
These days, integration into a single system is a trend. It matters to a lot of people that they have a single ID available to them at any given time. Plenty of websites for example, include single sign-in or sign-up processes via Facebook integration or Google+. By the same token, the Philippine government has essentially attempted to integrate a member’s SSS, GSIS, Pag-Ibig, and PhilHealth information onto a single card in the form of the UMID Card.
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UMID means Unified Multi-purpose Identification and often called UMID Card. It is a government-issued ID card that lets you transact in four government agencies, namely: SSS, GSIS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG. It is considered as a primary ID document when applying for other government-issued documents or seeking approval for financial products such as applying for a credit card, getting a personal loan or being issued of any insurance product.
Having a unified ID poses many benefits, one of which is being able to easily transact with all four government offices. The UMID also serves as a valid ID, but does not count as four IDs. It is also reportedly a valid voter’s ID, but it is entirely possible that this function has yet to be implemented.
It also functions as a pass for certain transactions, depending on whether or not you are a member of the GSIS and SSS, along with the ability to apply for loans and view account statements.
If you applied for the GSIS version, you’ll also have access to the eCard Plus pass, so you’ll need to activate it in order to gain access to its benefits. It will be activated within 72 hours from the moment you validate your biometric fingerprint data at a GSIS GW@ps Kiosk. To activate the card, just place it on the e-card reader and place a finger on the scanner (the middle finger or thumb are ideal as they have the most surface area) and wait for the confirmation message.
Another benefit to the card is that you can view your SSS data at any SSS kiosk, including your employee static data, loan status and balance, premiums and history.
There are several ways you can get a UMID, but the procedures may differ depending on your circumstances. For example, if you’re a government employee and GSIS member, you need to go to a GSIS Enrollment Center. For private, self-employed, and those working overseas – you can visit the SSS, or if you happen to also be a member of the GSIS, head to any of their Enrollment Centers, or a regional office instead so that you can get a UMID with the eCard Plus banking facility feature.
Before going to any enrollment center, prepare to bring original and photocopies of a primary valid ID:
Fill-up the application form you can download here.
There is another difference in forms if you apply through the GSIS, new UMID applicants can get their forms here, while those who already have an eCard Plus can get it through here .
Your forms and IDs will be used to verify membership, and once verified, the staff will begin the process of acquiring further personal data, a photo of you, and your fingerprints. This is procedure and is general to both the GSIS and SSS, and you will be given an application slip that shows the date you are to receive it. SSS applicants and GSIS pensioners will receive it via mail; non-pensioners of the GSIS will be visited by an Agency Liason Officer.
The process has apparently been sped up in such a way that you can receive your card in 5-7 days or up to less than a month. It mostly eliminates the need for having several IDs at once, and since the card displays the information of the holder, it’s much easier to keep track of your data.
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