The New and Improved Philippine Postal ID

The New and Improved Philippine Postal ID

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The old laminated postal ID has now been replaced by the new hardbound Postal ID issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost). It is embedded with electronic security features to prevent counterfeiting.

The security features that are included in this new postal ID are an encrypted QR code, which can identify the details of the owner using a smartphone application; On-site digital capture of fingerprints, photo, and signature; lastly is a centralized ID printing and database to confirm that the cards are genuine.

The new Philippine postal ID costs P414.44 and is valid for 3 years for Filipino citizens and foreign residents who have a Special Retiree’s Resident Visa (SRRV).

The old postal ID will remain valid until the day of its expiration. The post office will stop releasing paper-based IDs when the new postal IDs will available in the area.

The old postal ID can also be converted into a new postal ID with a discount: If it is issued on October 2014 or later, the owner will enjoy a 25% discount in the conversion. 20% discount will be granted to the old postal IDs issued between November 2013 and September 2014. And lastly, IDs issued from November 2012 to October 2013 will have 10% discount.

Many Filipinos took a lot of time in applying for a job, doing bank transactions, or getting a passport because they cannot present a valid proof of their identity.

Who can apply for the new postal ID?

  • All Filipinos of any age anywhere in the world.
  • Foreigners in the country who have lived in the country for at least 6 months.

Requirements for the new postal ID

Submit any or 1 of the following:

  • Proof of Identity: NSO Birth Certificate, UMID Card, LTO Driver’s License, Valid Passport.
  • Proof of Address: Barangay Certificate of Residency or Utility Bill (electricity bill, water bill, credit card statement and the like)
  • According to Philpad, “Applicants with no Birth Certificate, UMID Card, LTO Driver’s License or Valid Passport may submit ANY TWO (2) of the following documents, at least one of which should bear the applicant’s photo and signature: Valid paper-based Postal ID, Valid NBI/Police Clearance, Old SSS or GSIS card, Valid OWWA ID, Valid PRC ID, Digitized BIR ID, Valid Seaman’s Book, Valid Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID, Voter’s ID, Valid Company ID, Senior Citizen ID, Baptismal Certificate, Certificates of Birth/Marriage from National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Elementary or High School Form 137, Transcript of Records with readable dry seal (for applicants 18 years old and below), Marriage Contract, Valid University/School or Alumni ID, TIN card”

Please be reminded that married females must bring their Marriage Certificate to authenticate the change of name from the Birth Certificate. Also, applicants who are below18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.

Postal ID Application Fees are; P370.00 for the Postal ID card and delivery, P44.44 for the 12% VAT, that has a total of P414.44 payment that needs to be paid

How to get new Postal ID card?

  • Submit to the nearest post office in your area the required documents specified above.
  • Fill up the application form that you can get in the nearest post office in your area or you can download it here:
  • Get yourself photographed in the nearest Postal ID capture station. Here is the list of the Postal ID capture station nationwide:

Your new Postal ID will be delivered to the address that you have provided in the application form. The delivery would only take 5 working days within Metro Manila, 7 days for cities and municipalities, and 15 days for Islands and remote Barangays.

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