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The process of PRC license renewal used to be complicated and time-consuming.
Thankfully, since September 1, 2018, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has fully implemented the Online Renewal System (ORS) to all its regional and satellite offices, including the service centers for OFWs.
This means that all professionals who want to renew their licenses are now required to secure an appointment with the PRC and pay the renewal fee online.
In this guide, you’ll learn all the important information and helpful tips to help you go through the process of renewing your PRC license without unnecessary hassles.
Applying for the board exam? Read this guide instead. Just passed the board exam? Here’s everything you need to know about initial registration and PRC ID/license application.
Table of Contents
- What is a PRC license?
- Who should renew their PRC license?
- What are the PRC license renewal requirements?
- How much is the PRC license renewal fee?
- How to Renew Your PRC License Online: 9 Steps.
- 1. Check if you have all the needed requirements.
- 2. Go to PRC’s official website to start your online renewal.
- 3. Log in or create an account if you don’t have one yet.
- 4. Complete your profile by providing all the required details.
- 5. Upload your photo.
- 6. Choose RENEWAL as the transaction type.
- 7. Select your preferred PRC office where you’ll claim your PIC (Professional Identification Card).
- 7. Choose your preferred payment option.
- 8. Confirm payment and print your documents.
- 9. Claim your Professional Identification Card.
- How to Update and Renew Your PRC License After Getting Married.
- Tips and Warnings.
- Frequently Asked Questions.
- 1. I want to update or correct my personal information before renewing my license. What should I do?
- 2. Is there any courtesy lane available for PRC license renewal? If so, who can avail of it?
- 3. Is it possible to renew my license without the required CPD units?
- 4. Can I walk-in to a PRC office instead of applying for a renewal online?
- 5. What should I do if I forget my login details on the PRC website?
- 6. How can OFWs renew their PRC licenses?
- 7. Can I renew my PRC license in advance?
- 8. I won’t be able to make it to my scheduled appointment. Can an authorized representative claim my renewed PRC license on my behalf?
- 9. Can I renew my PRC license after it expires?
- About the Author.
What is a PRC license?
A PRC license in the form of a PRC ID is issued to every passer of a board examination. It has a validity of three years and should be renewed from time to time in order to keep practicing a PRC ID owner’s profession.
A PRC license is usually renewed on the birth month of the PRC ID owner.
Some of the professionals licensed under the PRC are dentists, engineers, guidance counselors, medical technologists, nurses, policemen, and teachers, among others.
Who should renew their PRC license?
Every professional licensed under PRC should renew his/her license before it expires. As long as you’ll meet the requirements which vary according to the profession, you’ll be able to successfully renew your PRC ID and continue practicing your profession in the country.
The Professional Regulation Commission or PRC now offers online services which make it easier for professionals to process different transactions. PRC’s online system can be accessed 24 hours each day, 7 days a week.
The renewal process of PRC licenses now involves two stages: online application and personal appearance to claim the renewed ID at the PRC office.
These are the professions that can renew their licenses online:
- Aeronautical Engineer
- Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer
- Certified Mine Foreman
- Certified Plant Mechanic
- Certified Public Accountant
- Certified Quarry Foreman
- Chemical Engineer
- Chemical Technician
- Civil Engineer
- Customs Broker
- Dental Hygienist
- Dental Technologist
- Electronics Engineer
- Electronics Technician
- Environmental Planner
- Fisheries Technologist
- Foreign Medical Professional
- Geodetic Engineer
- Geologic Aide
- Guidance Counselor
- Interior Designer
- Landscape Architect
- Master Plumber
- Mechanical Engineer
- Medical Laboratory Technician
- Medical Technologist
- Metallurgical Engineer
- Metallurgical Plant Foreman
- Mining Engineer
- Naval Architect and Marine Engineer
- Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapist Technician
- Ocular Pharmacologist
- Physical Therapist
- Physician (Medical Doctor)
- Professional Electrical Engineer
- Professional Electronics Engineer
- Professional Mechanical Engineer
- Professional Teacher
- Radiologic Technologist
- Real Estate Appraiser
- Real Estate Broker
- Real Estate Consultant
- Registered Electrical Engineer
- Registered Master Electrician
- Respiratory Therapist
- Sanitary Engineer
- Social Worker
- X-Ray Technologist
Aside from license renewal, the following transactions can also be processed online through PRC’s online service system: license verification of registered professionals, replacement of lost PRC card, exam application, verification of rating of successful passers, and initial registration of new board exam passers.
What are the PRC license renewal requirements?
Although the set of requirements needed to renew a PRC ID vary per profession, the following are the usual required documents:
- Duly-accomplished Application for Professional Identification Card (PIC).
- One passport-sized picture with white background and full name tag
- Payment of renewal fee
- Earned CPD units (For a complete list of required CPD units per profession, refer to this link)
- Certificate of Good Standing (for some professions only, the list can be seen below)
- Special Power of Attorney (SPA) and valid ID for the authorized representative (in case the applicant won’t be able to renew the license personally)
Those who will renew their PRC licenses and fall under one of the professions listed below will be required to submit an updated Certificate of Good Standing from their respective Accredited Professional Organization (APO):
- Aeronautical Engineers
- Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers
- Customs Brokers
- Registered Electrical Engineers / Professional Electrical Engineer / Registered Master Electrician
- Professional Electronics Engineers / Electronics Engineer / Electronics Technician
- Geodetic Engineers
- Guidance and Counseling
- Environmental Planner
- Interior Designers
- Landscape Architects
- Psychologist / Psychometrician
- Real Estate Services
- Respiratory Therapist
If you’re a dual citizen, you need to present the following additional documents:
- Current and valid Philippine Passport or
- Oath of Allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines or
- Identification Certificate where the applicant is recognized as a Filipino citizen
How much is the PRC license renewal fee?
The cost of renewing your PRC license does not come cheap since it will be valid for another three years.
These are the fees that professionals will pay when renewing their licenses:
- For professions requiring a baccalaureate degree: Php 150 per year or a total of Php 450 (for 3 years)
- For professions requiring a non-baccalaureate degree: Php 140 per year or a total of Php 420 (for 3 years)
If you’ll renew your license 20 days after your birth month, the following additional fees will apply:
- For professions requiring a baccalaureate degree: Php 30 surcharge
- For professions requiring a non-baccalaureate degree: Php 28 surcharge
How to Renew Your PRC License Online: 9 Steps.
1. Check if you have all the needed requirements.
Requirements vary per profession so before starting the online renewal application, make sure that you have all the requirements needed to renew your license. One of the most important requirements is your earned CPD units.
2. Go to PRC’s official website to start your online renewal.
Go to the official website of PRC – LERIS to start the online renewal application process. If the website’s down or under maintenance, you can just visit the site again at some other time. Alternatively, you may try to access mirror sites in this link and this link.
3. Log in or create an account if you don’t have one yet.
If you already have an account, go to the “Sign In” section of the homepage of the PRC – LERIS website. Enter your login details and then click the “Sign In” button to proceed with the renewal application.
It should be noted that if you have previously created an account with the old PRC website (prc-online.com), you have to create a new one again since your login details will no longer work on PRC’s new website.
For those who don’t have an account yet, go to the “Register” section of PRC’s home page. Read the terms of service and click the “I Agree” button to proceed with the account creation.
You have to prepare the following when creating a new account:
- A working e-mail address (preferably Gmail)
- Current phone number
- ID photo
- Valid ID
- Personal info
Once you’re in the Account Creation page, you’ll be asked to provide the following details:
- First name
- Middle name
- Last name
- Suffix (if applicable, otherwise leave it blank)
- Civil status
- E-mail address
- Your desired password (It must be at least 6 characters and should be composed of letters, numbers, and special characters.)
4. Complete your profile by providing all the required details.
After successfully creating an account, sign in using the email address and password you’ve provided during registration. You need to complete your profile before proceeding with the PRC ID renewal.
When creating your profile, you’ll be asked to provide the following additional personal information:
- Personal Information.
- Whether or not you’ve been convicted by final judgment by any court of justice/military tribunal or administrative body
- Contact Details.
- Permanent Mailing Address
- Mobile Number
- Alternate E-mail Address (optional)
- Family Background.
- Father’s full name
- Father’s citizenship
- Mother’s full name
- Mother’s citizenship
- Name and address of the school you attended
- Degree/course related to the examination you’re applying for/you’ve applied for
- Date of graduation
- Whether or not you’re currently practicing your profession
- Valid ID (since you’re for renewal, you must tick the box that says “Check if this is for PRC ID Renewal”)
- Valid ID number
- Place it was issued
- Date it was issued
- Other Information
- If you’re a Person with Disability, choose what kind of disability you have (e.g., visual, hearing, speech, etc.)
- Whether or not you want to receive news and notifications via email
After completely filling out the profile creation page, click the “Save Information” button.
5. Upload your photo.
To upload your photo, click the “Camera” icon. Follow these photo requirements:
- The photo should be in the 2 x 2 size.
- The photo should be in white background.
- The photo should be taken no more than 6 months from the upload date.
- You should be wearing professional attire with a collar.
- Don’t wear glasses while having your photo taken.
- The photo should resemble the applicant.
- The ears should not be covered.
- The photo shouldn’t have any shadows.
Read and follow all the photo requirements and guidelines.
Click the ‘Proceed’ button to start uploading your photo.
From your computer’s files, choose the photo that you want to upload. You have the option to either zoom in or zoom out your chosen photo. Click the ‘Upload Image’ button to upload your chosen photo.
6. Choose RENEWAL as the transaction type.
Click the ‘Select Transaction’ button on the upper right-hand corner of your profile page.
Choose ‘Renewal’ (third tab) from the available transaction options. Select your profession from the drop-down menu provided. Enter your PRC License Number.
Click the ‘Proceed’ button to continue the transaction.
7. Select your preferred PRC office where you’ll claim your PIC (Professional Identification Card).
Choose your preferred PRC Regional Office or Service Center where you’ll claim your renewed ID. Your appointment date and time will be automatically generated.
Click the ‘Proceed’ button.
****In case you’ve changed your mind and you want to reschedule your appointment, you may do so but only once. To reschedule your appointment, click “Reschedule?” (see screenshot above), select your new appointment date, and provide your valid reason for the change of schedule.****
****PRC also has a “no same-day appointment” policy, meaning all appointments must be made in advance; you can’t get an appointment with them on the same day you made your online transaction.****
7. Choose your preferred payment option.
As of this writing, you have five payment options:
- Credit or Debit Card – Powered by PayMaya – VISA, this convenient payment option automatically deducts from your account the total amount of the PRC renewal fee plus 1.25% convenience fee.
- PayMaya – If you have a PayMaya wallet, you can choose it to quickly pay the PRC renewal fee plus a small convenience fee of Php 8.00
- Land Bank – For those with a Land Bank account, you can select this option to pay the fee directly via the Land Bank ePayment portal. Through this portal, you can pay online using your Land Bank account, GCash wallet, or BancNet (for those with accounts with other banks). There’s a convenience fee of Php 10 if you’ll pay using your LBP account while a higher fee of Php 20 will be charged from those who will pay either via GCash or BancNet
- UCPB – If you select this, you will be given a reference number on the screen which you need to take a photo or a screenshot of. Proceed to the nearest UCPB Branch, fill out the bills payment form, present a screenshot or printed copy of the PRC payment reference number, and complete the deposit transaction. A convenience fee of Php 30 will be charged for the transaction. Once payment is made, it will be validated within 2 to 3 working days
- PRC-Cashier – Choose this if you prefer over-the-counter payment at PRC Regional Office or Service Center. No convenience fee will be charged for the transaction.
8. Confirm payment and print your documents.
Go to your profile page and click the ‘Existing Transaction’ tab. Check the payment details and wait for the status to change into “Paid”.
Once payment is successful, you can now print the document.
To print the document, click the ‘Print Document’ button
Present the printed documents at your preferred PRC office on your appointment date.
9. Claim your Professional Identification Card.
You can claim your renewed PRC ID on your appointment date.
The following documents should be submitted when claiming the renewed PRC ID:
- Original and photocopy of each certificate with earned CPD units
- Original and photocopy of the expiring PRC ID
- Printed Online Application for Professional ID Card
- Printed Payment Confirmation Form
How to Update and Renew Your PRC License After Getting Married.
Female licensed professionals who recently got married and wish to change their marital status and use their husband’s surname by license renewal can walk in at PRC’s main office for this transaction.
It must be noted that female professionals don’t have to wait for their licenses to expire; it can be changed any time they want to as long as they already have their marriage certificate from PSA.
Here’s the step-by-step guide to renewing a PRC license due to changes in marital status:
1. Complete the requirements.
Here’s a list of the usual requirements when renewing a PRC license due to changes in marital status:
- Photocopy of your PRC Card
- Petition for Change of Registered Name Due to Marriage form. Fill out this petition form completely and accurately. These are some of the details that you’ll be asked to provide: your full name, date of birth, place of birth, month and year when you passed your board exam, name of your husband, date of marriage, and place of marriage.
- Original marriage certificate/contract (issued by PSA)
- Metered documentary stamps (can be claimed at PRC’s main office and cost Php 25 each)
- Renewal fee with a Php 225 statutory fee
- 2 pcs. passport-sized ID pictures (with a full name tag and should have a white background)
2. Have your petition form notarized.
On the second floor of PRC’s main building, you’ll find the legal division where you can have your petition form notarized.
3. Complete verification of your registered names and assessment of fees.
On the ground floor of PRC’s main building, you’ll find the Registration Division where you can complete the verification of your registered names and assessment of fees.
For teachers, go to the third floor of PRC’s annex building and head to the Registration section (Window 21 or Window 22) to complete this step.
4. Verify your examination records.
On the ground floor of PRC’s annex building, you’ll find the Records Section where you’ll forward your documents to have your examination records verified.
For teachers, go to the third floor of PRC’s annex building and head to the Records section (Window 9) to complete this step.
5. Pay the required fees.
Head to the cashier where you can pay the required amount of fees.
6. Get your metered documentary stamp.
On the ground floor of PRC’s main building, you’ll find the Customer Service section where you can get the metered documentary stamp.
7. Submit your petition form.
Go to the Regulations office and submit your completely filled out and notarized petition form, together with all the other required documents like your marriage certificate issued by PSA. Make sure to get your official receipt and claim stub.
8. Claim your new PRC ID.
Claim your renewed PRC Card at your preferred PRC office after 2 months. The maximum time for processing license renewals due to changes in marital status is 60 days after receiving the form and complete documents.
Tips and Warnings.
- Same-day appointments are not allowed. No online applicants will be allowed to set the appointment date on the same day of application. All applicants should set an appointment in advance.
- For technical concerns, you can reach PRC by sending an email to [email protected]
- For payment concerns, you can reach PRC by calling their hotline at 405-7000 or sending an email to [email protected].
- Professionals who are working abroad are no longer required to comply with the required CPD units for their profession before they can renew their licenses.
- The required CPD units are reduced to no more than 15 CPD units required for each profession.
- Newly-licensed professionals who will renew their PRC ID for the first time are exempted from the required CPD units. However, they have to comply with the required CPD units for their second renewal.
Frequently Asked Questions.
1. I want to update or correct my personal information before renewing my license. What should I do?
If you got married and want to update your registered name, or if you want to correct entries or data related to your personal information, you can file a Petition for Change of Registered Name due to Marriage or a Petition for Correction of Entries or Data, respectively, at the PRC Central Office or the nearest PRC Regional Office.
Upon receiving your completed documents, the PRC will need a maximum of 2 months or 60 days to process your request. Once the petition is approved, you can then proceed to the regular process of renewing your Professional Identification card online.
2. Is there any courtesy lane available for PRC license renewal? If so, who can avail of it?
Yes. On February 12, 2018, PRC released a memorandum order for the processing of PRC renewal for OFWs. All PRC Offices will provide a courtesy lane for OFWs also identified as Balik Manggagawa.
Aside from the required documents for PRC renewal, OFWs who wish to use the courtesy lane should also present a proof of their status as a Balik Manggagawa OFW in the form of OEC or Overseas Employment Certificate.
There is also a courtesy lane for senior citizens, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and Persons with Disability (PWDs). OFWs may also use any of these lanes if there are no courtesy lanes for OFWs at their preferred PRC Office.
A member of the PRC staff will be assigned to process all renewal applications coming from the mentioned courtesy lanes.
3. Is it possible to renew my license without the required CPD units?
For now, yes.
Due to the transition period, professionals are allowed to renew their PRC IDs even without fully complying with the required CPD units. Applications with incomplete required CPD units will be accepted until December 2020.
On February 13, 2018, PRC amended parts of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the CPD Act of 2016 through the PRC Resolution No. 2019-1146. In the new resolution, PRC stated that it will follow a transition period in order to comply with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law.
During the transition period, PRC will relax its CPD requirements for professionals who will renew their licenses.
Under the old resolution, the minimum CPD requirement is 45 units. However, during the transition period, the required CPD credit units shall be reduced to a minimum of 15 units.
It must be noted that the only professions affected by the transition period are those that fall under the Professional Regulatory Laws. Professions that are currently regulated by regional, international, or bilateral agreements will not be affected by the transition period.
Newly-licensed professionals and professionals working overseas are exempted during the transition period. For newly-licensed professionals, the requirements will only apply to them on their second renewal cycle
According to PRC officials, the transition period will continue until all antecedents have been met and upon the approval of the commission.
4. Can I walk-in to a PRC office instead of applying for a renewal online?
No, walk-ins are no longer allowed since the renewal process now has two stages: submitting the renewal application online and then claiming the renewed ID from the selected office on the appointment date.
Professional who’ll renew a PRC ID will have to go through the online application process first before proceeding to the nearest PRC office.
5. What should I do if I forget my login details on the PRC website?
You can click “Forgot Password?” below the “Sign In” button. Enter your email address and click “Submit”. Open your email address then click the link provided to reset your password.
Alternatively, you can also send an email to [email protected] and provide details about your issue, whether it’s a forgotten email address, password, or both.
6. How can OFWs renew their PRC licenses?
OFWs can renew their license just like everyone else. First, they have to submit an online application at PRC’s official website. They just need to ask a representative to claim their renewed ID on their behalf on the day of the appointment.
The representative must bring the following additional documents: Authorization Letter or Special Power of Attorney; and valid IDs of both the professional and the representative.
7. Can I renew my PRC license in advance?
Yes, you’re allowed to renew your PRC ID in advance and doing so will not result in losing a year of validity. According to the PRC, the advance renewal of the ID card is accepted exactly one year from the date of birth of the professional.
Therefore, if your PRC ID will expire on June 14, 2021, for example, you can renew it anytime from June 15, 2020, to June 14, 2021, without incurring any penalty.
Yes, as long as the representative will present the required additional documents for verification.
If a representative will be claiming your renewed PRC card, and that representative is also a PRC-licensed professional, the following additional documents must be submitted:
- Valid PRC ID of the authorized representative
- Authorization letter (should indicate that you’re allowing your representative to claim your renewed PRC Card on your behalf)
If a representative will be claiming your renewed PRC card, and that representative is NOT a PRC-licensed professional, the following additional documents must be submitted:
- Valid ID of the authorized representative
- Your own valid ID
- Special Power of Attorney (should indicate that you’re allowing your representative to claim your renewed PRC Card on your behalf)
9. Can I renew my PRC license after it expires?
Yes, you can still renew your PRC ID even if it’s past its expiration date. However, there will be applicable penalties to be incurred for late renewal, the total cost of which depends on how long your PRC license has been expired and the type of profession you’re practicing.
About the Author.
Anna Pamela R. Capistrano is an experienced content writer who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in multimedia studies at the University of the Philippines – Open University. She has been working as a freelance writer for over 6 years and has created a wide range of content for various websites. Aside from writing, she also loves cooking, baking, dancing, and watching K-dramas. As an Aquarius woman, she’s passionate about making the world a better place one step at a time.