How to Apply for the Philippine National ID Online – 3 Steps

On Friday, April 30, online applications for the national ID began, with the aim of registering 70 million Filipinos in the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) by the end of 2021.

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The Republic Act No. 11055, also known as the “Philippine Identification System Act,” established by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 6, 2018, aims to provide clear proof of identity for Filipino citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines.

How to Apply for the Philippine National ID Online – 3 Steps
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Here Are The 3 Easy Steps to Apply for the Philippine National ID

After the program’s launch in October 2020, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that 25.7 million Filipinos had already registered via house-to-house collection of demographic data.

In line with this, the PSA created an online system that will enable registrants to complete their registration and schedule an appointment via an online portal.

If you’re interested to register for the national ID, here are the easy 3-step process:

STEP 1: Provide demographic information and set an appointment time for Step 2. This can be done online at, the Philsys web portal.

Your name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, address, and optional details such as marital status, mobile number, and email address will be collected by the system.

STEP 2: At the registration centre, you need to provide your demographic details and biometric data (fingerprint, iris scan, and front-facing photograph). The average length of time for this step is 15 minutes.

Important: Bring your transaction number and supporting documentation with you! Below is a list of documents that you need to submit.

STEP 3: Obtaining your PhilSys Number (PSN) and a PhilID

The PSA collaborated with PHLPost to submit your PhilID to your home address. Don’t upload or post your PhilID on social media after receiving it, as it contains confidential info.

What are the requirements/documents for registering for a national ID?

The registrant must carry an original copy of any of the primary documents mentioned below:

  1. A PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth AND one (1) government-issued identity document that includes your full name, a front-facing snapshot, and your signature or thumb mark.
  2. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Philippine Passport or ePassport;
  3. Unified Multipurpose Identification Card (UMID) issued by GSIS or SSS;
  4. Student License Permit or Non-Professional/Professional Driver’s License issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

If the registrant does not have any of the above documents, he or she can carry an original copy of any of the secondary documents listed below:

  • PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth/NSO-issued Certificate of Live Birth with Birth Reference Number (BreN)
  • LCRO-issued Certificate of Live Birth
  • PSA-issued Report of Birth
  • PSA-issued Certificate of Foundling
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Identification Card
  • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • SSS ID
  • Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ID
  • License to Own or Possess Firearms (LTOPF) ID
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance/ID
  • Solo Parent’s ID
  • PWD ID
  • Voter’s ID
  • Postal ID
  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) ID
  • Philhealth ID
  • Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA)-issued Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)
  • National ID from other countries
  • Residence ID from other countries


Secondary supporting documents with a front-facing image, signature/thumbmark, full name, permanent address, and date of birth will be recognized as secondary supporting documents.

  • Employee ID
  • School ID
  • Barangay Clearance/Certificate
  • Barangay ID
  • City/Municipal ID

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is it necessary to register for a national ID?

National ID registration is optional, as specified in the law. Citizens are strongly encouraged to register because the PhilSys would be used for the issuance and distribution of government services.


  1. What is the minimum age to register for a national ID?

Philsys accepts registrations from people of all ages, including newborns.


Only demographic information and a front-facing photograph will be obtained from children under the age of five (5), and their PSN will be connected to their parent or legal guardian. Their demographic information and full biometric information will be collected at the time of registration, but they will need to update their information and have their biometrics taken again once they reach the age of fifteen (15).


  1. How do OFWs apply for a national ID?

The PSA has stated that it will establish a registration strategy for our Overseas Filipinos in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) by 2021. The PSA intends to begin the registration process for our OFWs in 2022.

If you have further questions and concerns regarding this process, you may send your queries via or call 1388 (fees may apply).

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