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Postal ID used to be very quick and easy to obtain.
All you need is a community tax certificate, ID picture, payment of a small fee and you would get the postal ID on the same day.
But everything changed when PhilPost gave it a complete makeover. It transformed from a simple paper-based ID to a wallet-sized PVC plastic card boasting of multi-level security features.
As a result, the improved postal ID is not only more expensive, it may also take as long as a month before it can be delivered to you.
In this definitive guide, we’ll discuss how to get postal ID and explore whether having this new, improved version is worth your time and money.
Table of Contents
- What is a postal ID?
- What makes the improved postal ID different from the older one?
- Who can apply for the improved postal ID?
- What is the validity of the improved postal ID?
- How to Get Postal ID in the Philippines in 4 Easy Steps.
- 1. Prepare the postal ID requirements.
- 2. Go to your nearest post office to submit all the requirements and pay the postal ID fee.
- 3. Proceed to the postal ID capture station.
- 4. Wait for your new postal ID to be delivered to your mailing address.
- Frequently Asked Questions.
What is a postal ID?
Postal ID was originally issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) to ensure that the letters and parcels are delivered to the right persons.
It allows the postal carrier/mailman to verify your identity and address before he can hand the delivery item/s to you.
The Universal Postal Union provides a similar definition: “A postal ID card is the most widely accepted means of identification in postal transactions worldwide.”
Today, its use is no longer limited to postal transactions. You can present it as a valid ID whenever opening a bank account or applying for other government-issued identification cards.
What sets postal ID apart from other government IDs is anyone can apply for it. You don’t need to travel abroad, pass a licensure exam, or learn driving skills before obtaining a postal ID.
But while the application process is now easier and more seamless than ever, it’s one of the valid IDs that you won’t get instantly (more on this later).
What makes the improved postal ID different from the older one?
Unlike the basic postal ID, the improved postal ID is rich in security features, making it extremely hard to counterfeit.
The old postal ID has security features too but they’re too basic and can only work with the use of a special equipment.
In the new postal ID, the security features are much more visible even to the naked eye, not to mention the identity of the cardholder can be verified with the use of a smartphone app.
The list below summarizes the main security features of postal ID:
a. The database is stored and all postal IDs are printed at one central location to ensure every card released is genuine.
b. Every applicant’s biometrics are captured at the postal office, including the photo, signature, personal details, and fingerprints. This prevents some individuals from creating fake identities that would have been easier to pull off in the old system.
c. The card comes with a hologram or 3D image of a mailman that can be viewed at certain angles (see image below). It also has a ghost image and UV ink that illuminate in UV light.
d. It has an encrypted QR (‘quick response’) code which, when scanned with a Postal ID Verification app, can verify the identity of the cardholder.
e. The applicant’s unique identity is confirmed through the use of Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) which compares the fingerprint collected with the fingerprint in the database.
Due to these value-added features, everyone is encouraged to apply for the improved postal ID.
Meanwhile, those with basic but still valid postal ID can either wait for its expiration or convert it to the new one at a discounted price:
Who can apply for the improved postal ID?
If you’re one of the following people, grab the chance to have your own digitized postal ID:
- Filipinos of any age living in the Philippines.
- Filipinos living abroad but were in the Philippines at the time of application.
- Foreign residents who have been living in the country for at least six months.
What is the validity of the improved postal ID?
Postal ID has a 3-year validity for all Filipinos and foreign residents with Special Retiree’s Resident Visa (SRRV). For all other foreigners without the said visa, the postal ID expires after one year.
How to Get Postal ID in the Philippines in 4 Easy Steps.
1. Prepare the postal ID requirements.
Postal ID Requirements for Filipinos.
a. Personal appearance.
Because of the need to capture your photo and biometrics, you need to be physically present at the post office when applying for the new postal ID.
b. Two copies of duly-accomplished postal ID card online application form.
The application form is available at all post offices. You can also download it here.
c. Proof of identity (original and photocopy).
Submit any one of the following:
- Birth Certificate issued by PSA or Local Civil Registry. For married women, bring a marriage certificate to validate the change of name from the birth document.
- GSIS or SSS UMID Card
- Driver’s License
- Passport (READ: How to Get Philippine Passport)
If you have none of the above documents, you may also submit any two of the following documents, with at least one of them bearing your signature and photo:
- BIR ID
- Baptismal Certificate
- Certificate of Birth from the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for Filipinos belonging to indigenous people.
- Certificates of Birth from the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) for Muslim Filipinos.
- Certificates of Marriage from the NCIP for Filipinos belonging to indigenous people.
- Certificates of Marriage from the NCMF for Muslim Filipinos.
- College or Post-Graduate Transcript of Records with readable dry seal.
- Confirmation Certificate
- Elementary or High School Form 137 with a readable dry seal for applicants who are 18 years old and below.
- Marriage Certificate in SECPA issued by PSA for male and female married applicants. (READ: How to Get Marriage Certificate)
- Marriage Certificate issued by LCR for those male and female married applicants.
- Valid Alumni ID
- Valid Basic/Paper-Based Postal ID
- Valid School ID
- Valid Company ID
- Valid Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID
- Valid NBI Clearance with digitized photo. (READ: How to Get NBI Clearance)
- Valid OWWA ID
- Valid Pag-Ibig ID
- Valid Philhealth ID
- Valid PRC ID
- Valid Police Clearance with or without digitized photo. (READ: How to Get Police Clearance)
- Valid Seaman’s Book
- Valid Senior Citizen ID
- Valid Tax Identification Number card
- Valid Voter’s ID
d. Proof of address (original and photocopy).
Submit any one of the following:
- Barangay Certificate of Residency issued within three months before application.
- Certified True Copy of Lease
- Certified True Copy of Titles issued by the Land Registration Authority (LRA)
- Certified True Copy of Real Estate Tax Receipt
- Bank statement
- Credit card statement
- School billing statement or Utility bill (cable, electric, internet, landline, telephone, water).
Postal ID requirements for foreign residents.
a. Personal appearance.
The need to capture your biometrics and photo explains why you need to be physically present at the post office during application. You can’t apply for a postal ID through the mail or a representative.
b. Two copies of duly-accomplished postal ID application form.
Application forms are available at all post offices. Alternatively, you can download it here.
c. Proof of identity.
- Passport with at least 6 months of validity prior to application.
- Any of the following supporting documents (again, with at least 6-month validity prior to application): (1) Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACRI-Card); (2) Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE); (3) Temporary Resident Visa (TRV); (4) Diplomatic Visa; or (5) Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).
d. Proof of address.
Submit any one of the following:
- Barangay Certificate of Residency issued within three months prior to application.
- Certification or statement of account from the hotel, transient home, or any temporary residence within three months prior to application.
- Notarized Land, House, or Condominium Lease Contract
- Bank statement
- Credit card statement
- School billing statement
- Utility bill (cable, electric, internet, landline, telephone, water).
2. Go to your nearest post office to submit all the requirements and pay the postal ID fee.
After receiving the requirements, applicants will then be asked to pay the fixed fee for the improved postal ID.
As of this writing, the postal ID fee is Php 504 which covers the cost of printing, delivery, and the 12% value-added tax (VAT).
3. Proceed to the postal ID capture station.
The postal ID capture station is where your photograph and fingerprints/biometrics will be taken and recorded digitally.
This capture station is located at the same post office where you submit all the requirements.
There are 260 postal ID capture stations located at selected malls and different post offices throughout the country.
Please refer to the following links for complete addresses of all postal ID capture stations in the Philippines:
In addition to these capture stations, you may also apply for postal ID at any mobile capturing center in select locations.
This is part of PhilPost’s project called Postal ID Mobile Capturing Service which aims to issue postal IDs to people who don’t have the time to visit the post office.
If you want to know the places where this mobile capturing center is scheduled to visit, check out the new Postal ID official Facebook page or make a request to PhilPost to have them visit your government agency, office, or locality.
4. Wait for your new postal ID to be delivered to your mailing address.
If you applied at any post office within Metro Manila, expect to receive the improved postal ID approximately 10 to 15 working days from application.
For major cities and municipalities outside Metro Manila, the waiting time is approximately 20 working days.
Lastly, if the application is done at post offices in island provinces and remote barangays, the postal ID is usually delivered after 4 to 5 weeks or 30 working days.
Frequently Asked Questions.
1. Can I use postal ID for passport application?
A 2016 letter by DFA Undersecretary Ariel Y. Abadilla confirms that the new postal ID should now be considered a primary ID for passport applications.
And this is where the confusion began.
Unfortunately, the Philippine government sucks at coordinating its various services. A lot of DFA branches still don’t and won’t accept postal ID as a primary ID.
It became official when DFA announced recently that it won’t accept Postal ID, Philhealth ID, or TIN ID as valid IDs for passport application or renewal.
If you want to see the complete list of primary IDs and supporting documents for passport application, click here.
2. What are the other perks of getting an improved postal ID?
Under the Postal ID Privilege Program, you can avail of discounts, product upgrades, freebies, and other exclusive deals or promos at any merchant partner in the country.
Simply present your new and improved postal ID when buying, dining, or shopping at the following commercial establishments:
Food and Beverage
- Allegra’s Kitchen
- American Legacy Restaurant
- ARNY-DADING Peachy Peachy
- Brand X Burgers
- ByPass Burger
- Cafe De Apati
- Cafe Harry Naga
- Chateau de Busay Inn & Restaurant
- Chixboy Grill
- Corner Route Restobar
- Crepeman Cafe
- Dampa sa Paseo
- J. Tea Cafe
- La Tango Pizza (Style Pizza)
- Manang’s Chicken
- Mrs. Fields
- New Asia Restaurant
- Noy Maki-Siomai
- Off The Grill
- Pits Burger
- Pompey’s Resto Grill
- Raha Grill & Resto
- Relics Cafe
- RB City
- Samuel’s Plate
- Sangkalan Grill and Restaurant
- Shake and Brew Cafe
- Tahong Island
- Woodstone Kitchen & Bar
- Ying Ying Tea House
Beauty, Health, and Wellness
- Acebedo Optical
- Ariana’s House of Beauty, Fashion and Wellness
- Dr. James Dental Clinic
- Eider Cut Salon
- Elements Salon
- Head2Toe House of Spa
- Holiday Spa
- Junca Salon
- Levana Dermatology Clinic
- Magic 7 Beauty & Wellness, Inc. (Fresh Salon, Fresh Touch Spa, Derm Magic)
- Mahiwagang Haplos Body Massage and Spa
- Nail Kitchen (Nail Spa + Cafe)
- Nico Salon for Men & Women
- Oriental Touch Shiatsu Center
- Paradasia Royale Spa
- Rose Serenity Body Massage
- Russel Tan’s Evolution Salon and Day Spa
- Skinfinity Skin and Body Spa
- St. Lukes Diagnostic Center
- Tashyo Cuts & Spa
Home and Living
- Automatic Centre
Travel and Leisure
- Chateau By The Sea
- Club Morocco Beach Resort & Country Club
- Continental Travel and Tours
- Hotel Sogo
- La Breza Hotel
- La Mirada Hotel
- Let’s Go Travel Services
- Naga Pilgrims Hotel
- Residencia Boracay
- Soto Grande Hotel & Resort
- Splendido Hotel
- Stradella Hotel
- Urban Escape Travel & Tours
- Via Ticketing Services
- Vistamar Beach Resort & Country Club
- Zamboanga Town Home (Bed & Breakfast)
Fitness and Recreation
- Ark Avilon
- Avilon Wildlife Conservation Foundation
- AX Fitness
- Enchanted Kingdom
- Laresio Lakeside Resort & Spa
- Splash Island
- Trampoline Park
- Flying V
- Metro Gas
- Amesco Drug Corporation
- Shabby Chic Shoppe
- Art Republic Print Technology (Computer Services & Souvenirs)
- Echomusic Center for Talent & Skills Development
- Great Image
- Papel at Pluma
- SMS Tyre Depot