Senior Citizen ID 2023: Requirements and How To Get

In a previous article, we have given you an idea of what benefits and privileges you can avail of as a senior citizen in the Philippines. Getting your senior citizen ID is vital for hassle-free transactions in establishments required to provide you with these discounts and benefits. Don’t worry; getting one at the Office of the Senior Citizen’s Affairs (OSCA) is fast and easy.

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What Is a Senior Citizen ID?

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Senior Citizen ID issued in Brgy. Poblacion in Baliuag, Bulacan. The ID owner, Judge Florentino Floro, is donating this photo gratuitously, freely, and unconditionally to and for Wikimedia Commons, exclusively, for public use of the public domain (CC0 1.0), and again without any condition whatsoever.

The Senior Citizen ID is an identification card issued by the Office for Senior Citizens’ Affairs (OSCA) to eligible members. This valid ID entitles its bearers to discounts, benefits, and privileges at stores and specific establishments, per Republic Act No. 9994 of the Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010. To avail of the benefits, the senior citizen must present an ID proving their age and identity.

The Office for Senior Citizens’ Affairs (OSCA) is a government office tasked with the following:

  • Issuance of discount booklets and new Senior Citizen IDs
  • Replacement of missing or lost senior citizen ID and booklet
  • Replacement of mutilated or damaged senior citizen ID and booklet

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) before your application. In other cities or municipalities, the applicant must be a resident for at least one year and a registered voter (except for bedridden senior citizens). To find out if you can apply for a Senior Citizen ID, check out your city’s or municipality’s official social media account or website. You can also inquire directly by calling their phone number.

Requirements for 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:

1. Duly accomplished application form issued by the OSCA.

2. Three pieces of recent 1×1 ID photographs (some areas require 2×2 ID pictures, so verify with your OSCA before going to their office). The ID photos are intended for the application form and purchase booklets.

3. Photocopy of PSA Birth Certificate or any valid ID showing the applicant’s birth date and address, such as

Note: Documentary requirements may differ depending on the city or municipality. In some areas, both the Birth Certificate and valid ID are required, and if there’s no valid ID available, two proofs of billing or mail under the applicant’s name may be accepted by the OSCA. Other areas, like Naga City, are even stricter. In addition to the Birth Certificate and valid ID, applicants must submit a Barangay Certificate of Residency and a photocopy of the Voter’s ID/Voter’s Certification/COMELEC Registration. Therefore, please inquire at your local OSCA via its social media page or over the phone about the requirements before proceeding to the office.

4. Authorization Letter, if the applicant can’t personally apply (especially for bedridden senior citizens). The Letter of Authorization must indicate the name of the applicant and the authorized representative, the applicant’s relationship with the representative, and the reason/s for such authorization.

How To Apply for Senior Citizen ID: 5 Steps

1. 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.

2. Approach personnel or a person in charge and ask for the application form

3. Fill out the details required in the form

Details required are usually:

  • District
  • Barangay
  • Complete name, age, sex, civil status,
  • Complete address
  • Date of birth and place of birth
  • Details of your spouse and children, if any
  • Signature

4. Submit the completed form along with all other required documents

5. Wait for the release of your card

The process depends on the municipality or city, but you will usually get it in less than an hour (or a maximum of five working days).

Frequently Asked Questions

1. My senior citizen card was issued in the province. Can I use the same card in Metro Manila?

Yes, the senior citizen ID card is valid throughout the country.

2. I forgot to bring my OSCA-issued senior citizen ID card to a restaurant. Can I still avail of the 20% discount even without the ID?

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, or Postal ID;
*Other valid documents that establish you are a citizen of the Philippines and at least sixty (60) years old.

3. How much is the senior citizen ID card?

It is free. However, some cities and municipalities charge a fee (PHP 100) when you request to replace a mutilated/lost Senior Citizen ID.

4. I lost my senior citizen ID card. What shall I do?

You can visit the OSCA in the city or municipality where you reside and obtain a replacement card. The documents required and the process are as follows:

Submit two copies of the Affidavit of Loss.
Submit two copies of the Police or Barangay Report.
Submit the duly accomplished Lost/Replacement Form issued by OSCA.
Pay the ID replacement fee if required.

5. Does Senior Citizen ID expire?

No, the Senior Citizen ID has no expiration date. It is valid forever and may only be replaced when lost or mutilated. It remains valid even if the ID is already worn out.

However, the OSCA may occasionally update the design of the Senior Citizen ID, in which case members will be encouraged to apply for a new one. Note that this replacement is encouraged but not mandatory; the old version of the Senior Citizen ID will still be honored.

6. Is Senior Citizen ID a valid ID?

Yes, government and private establishments recognize the Senior Citizen ID as a valid ID. You can use it to apply for a Philippine passport, a driver’s license, and other essential transactions requiring a valid government-issued ID.

Atty. Kareen Lucero

Kareen Lucero is a lawyer previously doing litigation before working for different agencies in the government and for a multinational corporation. She has traveled to 52+ countries including a 3-month solo backpacking in South East Asia and more than 1 year of solo traveling across four continents in the world. As part of giving back, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge of law and travel. She is currently doing consulting work for a government agency. For inquiries, you may reach her via Facebook Messenger ( or email ([email protected]).

66 thoughts on “Senior Citizen ID 2023: Requirements and How To Get

  1. My Mom lost her señor citizen booklet. She’s from Mindanao but she’s currently in Manila. Can she ask for a booklet from one of the city halls there? Thank you.

  2. Good afternoon.
    May I ask if a foreign national who is 60 years of age and residing in the Philippines for a decade can avail a senior citizen ID in the municipality he resides?
    Thank you.

  3. How do I change my name on the Senior Citizen ID card from Guillermo Manalansan Pangilinan Jr. to what appear on my Birth Certificate which is
    Guillermo Gerardo Manalansan Pangilinan Jr. Thank you for your kind help.

  4. I am a resident of Manila, and recently turned 60 years old. I wish to apply for a Senior Citizen’s ID. However, I still vote in the City of Mandaluyong – my residence is in the boundary between Manila and Mandaluyong, and I decided to keep voting in the city where I grew up (Mandaluyong).
    My question: is it okay to apply for my Senior Citizen’s ID in Manila even if I vote in Mandaluyong?
    Thanks in anticipation of your favorable reply.

  5. My husband is already 60 years to get a senior citizen ID…and what is the requirements?

  6. Can I be issued a senior citizen card in January 2022 even my date of birth is September 1962?

    Kindly advise. Thank you.

  7. My Mother is already 69 and still not getting any benefits from senior citizen, I already applied to our Municipality but until now.. she’s not receiving anything.

    1. That was my problem too. Havent received anything since 2018 coz I went abroad again. Came back 2019 and got stuck in Manila since first lockdown. (2 yrs now). I went to municipal hall, they told me to ask permit to transfer from my hometown in N.Cotabato. just that. No other questions, it’s almost like saying you’re dismissed and your transaction is over. Cant they do it themselves? With the high tech communications we have..cant they trace it in the computer? I think they’d be more happy to just sit in their office and get paid than to help other citizens avail of their rights to benefits.

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