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In a previous article, we have given you an idea of what benefits and privileges you can avail as a senior citizen in the Philippines. For hassle-free transactions in establishments required to give you these discounts and benefits, it is important to get your senior citizen ID. Not to worry because getting one at the Office of the Senior Citizen’s Affairs (OSCA) is fast and easy.
Table of Contents
- Who are eligible to get a Senior Citizen ID?
- What are the requirements for the Senior Citizen ID application?
- How to Apply for Senior Citizen ID: 5 Steps.
- Frequently Asked Questions.
- Other FAQs.
Who are eligible to get a Senior Citizen ID?
For you to be eligible for the ID card, you must be a senior citizen, which means you must be:
- Sixty (60) years old or over;
- A citizen of the Philippines;
- A resident of the city or municipality where you are applying for at least six (6) must prior to your application.
What are the requirements for the Senior Citizen ID application?
Before going to the Office of the Senior Citizen’s Affairs (OSCA), make sure you have with you the following requirements:
- A recent 1×1 ID photograph;
- Photocopy of any of the following documents:
- Comelec Voter’s ID;
- Driver’s License;
- NBI Clearance;
- Police Clearance;
- Old residence certificate;
- Postal ID;
- Any combination of identification documents confirming your name, date of birth and present address.
How to Apply for Senior Citizen ID: 5 Steps.
- Visit the Senior Citizen’s Affairs Office (OSCA) in the city or municipality where you reside.
The office is usually found in the municipal or city hall of your town/city.
- Approach personnel or a person-in-charge and ask for the application form.
- Fill out the details required in the form.
Details required are usually:
Complete name, age, sex, civil status,
Date of birth and place of birth
Details of your spouse and children, if any
- Submit the completed form along with all other required documents.
- Wait for the release of your card.
The process depends per municipality or city but you will usually get it in less than an hour.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Yes, the senior citizen ID card is valid all throughout the country.
Yes, you still can. With the absence of your senior citizen card, you may present any of the following proof of identification instead:
Government-issued ID indicating your age or date of birth such as driver’s license, voter’s ID, SSS/GSIS ID, PRC Card, Postal ID;
Other valid documents that establish you are a citizen of the Philippines and at least sixty (60) years old.
It is free. However, some cities and municipalities charge a fee when you get a replacement card.
You can visit the OSCA in the city or municipality where you reside and obtain a replacement card. Documents required and the process are as follows:
Submit 2 copies of Affidavit of Loss
Submit 2 copies of Police or Barangay Report
Pay the ID replacement fee, if required.
Go back to the main article: A Complete Guide to Senior Citizen Discount and Benefits