Transacting with the government, financial institutions, businesses, schools, etc., often requires the person to present a valid identification card or ID. In the Philippines, there are several IDs widely accepted for legal, financial, and business transactions.
If you have 2 or 3 IDs from our updated list of Philippine valid IDs aka primary ID then you can breathe easier since chances are your transactions will push through with little or no hitch with respect to presentation of proof of identification.
There are some government IDs and documents which are accepted only as secondary documents and not as primary IDs like Philhealth card, TIN card, NBI clearance, Barangay Clearance or cedula, Professional tax receipt, etc.
Private Institutions Use
Valid IDs are also required if you want to open bank accounts, stock investment with an authorized stock brokerage firm like COL or Philstocks, claiming Western Union payments, remittance claiming in Cebuana, Palawan, M Lhuillier, LBC, etc.
VALID IDs in the PHILIPPINES
These IDs are also considered as PRIMARY IDs. This is list is updated as of April 2017.
- Philippine passport issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
- Driver’s License issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
- SSS UMID card issued by the Department of Social Security System (SSS).
- GSIS ID or eCard issued by the Government Services and Insurance Corporation (GSIS).
- Digitized Postal ID (new and improved) issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation
- PRC ID issued by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
- IBP ID issued by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).
- OWWA ID issued by the Overseas Worker’s Welfare Administration
- Senior Citizen ID
- Voter’s ID
- Diplomat ID issued by the Philippine Embassy
- OFW ID issued by the Department of Labor and Employment
- GOCC and Government Office ID issued by a branch or agency of the government
Example: PNP ID, AFP ID, DENR ID, etc.
SECONDARY IDs and DOCUMENTS
These are secondary documents and proof of identity which can be used to supplement your lack of the required number of valid IDs. Although take note that not all establishment will accept secondary documents.
iSensey recommends that you will contact the company or office you plan to transact with and ask them what they consider as valid IDs, also ask if the IDs you have is enough for them, if they will accept what you will bring.
List of secondary documents and identification card – bring as many as you can to have a higher chance of a successful transaction.
- NBI Clearance
- Police Clearance
- Barangay Clearance
- Cedula or Community Tax Certificate
- Voter’s Certification
- Government Service Record
- School ID for current students
- Elementary or High School Form 137 for students
- Transcript of Records from University or College
- Land Title
- PSA Marriage Contract
- Seaman’s Book
- Old Postal ID
- Philhealth card
- PWD ID
- TIN card
- Firearms’ License Card
- NSO Birth Certificate
- NSO Marriage Certificate
- PLRA ID
- Company ID
- Alumni ID
- Credit cards with photo
Having a valid ID is important because there are many instances when Filipinos are required to present one or two valid ID cards before one is allowed to proceed with whatever transaction one is trying to accomplish and complete.
If you don’t have a Philippine valid ID yet, one of the easiest ID to get would be the new and improve postal ID. This ID is even accepted by the DFA for passport application.
Apply for valid IDs now, it is better to be ready ahead of time.