If you own a cellphone with a prepaid or postpaid SIM card, chances are you’ve had enough of those scammy text messages flooding your inbox. With the SIM card registration law in the Philippines, Filipinos will hopefully stop receiving these malicious messages from unknown random numbers, curbing the proliferation of online fraud.
SIM card registration in the Philippines has officially begun, so here are essential things you need to know.
What is SIM Card Registration in the Philippines?
Per the SIM Card Registration Act of the Philippines, or Republic Act No. 11934, all Philippine SIM cards need to be registered. The SIM owner’s personal information is attached to the registration and acts as its unique identifier. The law covers all individuals—including foreigners—and corporate entities using SIM cards bought in the Philippines for mobile phones and modems.
SIM registration in the Philippines makes it easier for authorities to prevent and investigate cybercrimes involving SIM cards. It also protects consumers from online and mobile fraud, which has increased over the years.
In the past, fraudsters could easily purchase new SIM cards without linking their personal information. As such, they could use these cards for criminal activities without getting caught.
Under the SIM card registration law in the Philippines, all SIM cards sold by telcos, authorized distributors, and resellers will only be activated once you register the SIM card on its authorized registration platform.
Worried about your data privacy? Under the Act's confidentiality clause, all data collected will be treated as strictly confidential.
When Will SIM Card Registration Start?
The registration of SIM cards in the Philippines started last December 27, 2022. Whether you have a physical or embedded SIM (also called eSIM), you need to register it until April 26, 2023 to avoid SIM deactivation. But under the SIM Card Registration Act, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) may extend the deadline for another 120 days.
Should you fail to register your SIM card on or before the deadline, your SIM card will be deactivated. You can request an extension from the DICT, subject to its approval. You have until October 20, 2023 to complete your SIM card registration if your request is approved.
If you purchased a new SIM on or after December 27, 2022, you must register it before it can be activated. SIM card registration in the Philippines is free of charge.
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Where to Register Your SIM Card
Now you might wonder, “Can I register my SIM card online?” Yes, you can visit your telco's secure online registration platform to complete your SIM card registration. Just fill out the registration form electronically.
Check out this quick, handy guide:
Read on for a more in-depth guide for each service provider.
How to Register Your Globe or TM SIM Card
Complete your prepaid Globe and TM SIM card registration by following these steps:
- Go to new.globe.com.ph/simreg.
- Enter your 10-digit Globe or TM mobile number and click Register.
- Key in the one-time code that will be sent to your number.
- Fill out the online form to verify your identity. You’ll need to provide your full name, address, date of birth, and gender. You’ll also need a valid ID and provide its ID number.
- Take a selfie or upload a photo of your valid ID. The maximum file size is 2MB.
- Tick the boxes and click Next to complete your registration.
- Take note of your reference number. You’ll receive an SMS regarding your successful SIM card registration.
You may also register your prepaid SIM card via the Globe One app starting January 2023. If you’re only using a basic phone or you don’t have internet access, assisted registration sites will be set up beginning February 2023 to help you register your Globe or TM prepaid SIM.
Meanwhile, existing Globe postpaid subscribers will be notified regarding the confirmation and completion of their registration details.
How to Register Your Smart or TNT SIM Card
To register the number of your Smart SIM online, follow the steps below. These instructions also apply if you have a TNT SIM.
Note that this is for prepaid SIM registrations only. Smart postpaid subscribers’ Subscriber Application Form and submitted documents will serve as their SIM card registration.
- Visit smart.com.ph/simreg.
- Enter your 10-digit Smart or TNT mobile number and tick the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Notice boxes.
- Click Send OTP.
- Enter the code and click Verify OTP.
- Complete your profile and attach a copy of a valid government ID.
- Take note of your Control Number for further validation. You may also receive a call or an SMS regarding your successful SIM card registration.
Alternatively, you can visit any Smart Store or call the Smart Hotline (*888 from your Smart or TNT mobile or 02 8888 1111 from your landline) to register. You may also do it via the GigaLife App or Smart FB Messenger.
How to Register Your Dito SIM Card
New Dito subscribers can proceed with their Dito SIM registration by clicking the SMS link that will be sent after they insert their Dito SIM card.
If you’re an existing subscriber, launch your Dito app, click on the SIM Registration banner, and fill out the form.
As part of the registration process, Dito will collect your personal information. You’ll need to provide your full name, address, date of birth, gender, ID, and ID number.
For your reference, take a screenshot of your successful SIM card registration.
SIM Card Registration in the Philippines FAQs
1. How much is a SIM card in the Philippines?
You can purchase a new SIM card for ₱29 to ₱49. But there are SIM cards that also come with free data, which you can buy for ₱299 or ₱399, depending on the telco.
2. Does a SIM card have an expiry date?
When your SIM card has no load, you’re given an extra three months (90 days) to reload and keep your prepaid SIM card active. If you fail to load within the additional 90 days, your SIM card will automatically expire, and your prepaid number will be disconnected.
3. What IDs are accepted for SIM card registration?
You can use any valid government-issued ID such as passport, PhilSys national ID< driver's license, etc. bearing your photo (for identity verification) to register your SIM card.
4. What is the SIM card registration process for children below 18 or those who don’t have valid IDs?
You can register a minor’s SIM card under the parent’s or legal guardian’s name.
5. I’m using a SIM for business. Who should register the SIM card?
If you’re using a SIM card under your company name, it should be registered by the authorized company representative. They will also be responsible for updating the telco on any changes in their business SIM.
6. Can I register more than one SIM card number in the Philippines?
Yes. You must register each new or active SIM card under your name. Visit your telco’s SIM card registration page and follow the process for each of your SIM cards.
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There are 170 million SIM cards to be registered within the 180 days set by the law, so be patient if you’re having difficulties accessing the registration portals. Try doing it during off-peak periods (late night or early morning) to increase your chances of a successful SIM card registration in the Philippines.
Moreover, be wary of emails or text messages inviting you to click on links to register your SIM. Don’t click on these links to avoid potential threats, and don’t provide any personal information. To be safe, visit your telco’s official SIM registration online portal to know its registration guidelines and complete your registration.
-  Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Act or Republic Act 11934 (Official Gazette, 2022)
-  Globe SIM Registration
-  Smart and TNT SIM Registration
-  Dito SIM Registration
-  SIM card registration: A step-by-step guide (Inquirer.net, December 2022)