Is UMID and SSS ID The Same?

No, they’re different.

The SSS ID is the older card issued only to SSS members from 1998 to 2010. It’s a blue plastic card that looks like a driver’s license (see picture below). Its production stopped in 2011 to give way to the UMID that would unify the ID systems of the SSS, GSIS, Pag-IBIG, and PhilHealth.

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The old SSS ID.

The old SSS ID is still accepted as a valid ID in government and financial transactions.

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The UMID Card.

Meanwhile, the UMID (Unified Multi-Purpose ID) card, which has been issued to SSS, GSIS, Pag-IBIG, and PhilHealth members since 2011, has better security features than the old SSS ID.

UMID cards produced since 2016 got a design upgrade for improved security and functionality.

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