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  • How To Get A PRC ID Online: The Oath-Taking Ceremony Is Also Virtual

    The oath-taking is now called e-OATH
    by Jocelyn Valle .
How To Get A PRC ID Online: The Oath-Taking Ceremony Is Also Virtual
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  • After hurdling your licensure exam and passing it, you need to fulfill just one last requirement before you can officially start practicing your chosen profession — to register with the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) for your license and ID.

    The PRC is mandated by law to regulate and supervise the practice of various professions (except in the field of law, which is under the Supreme Court of the Philippines). It is also tasked to conduct and administer licensure examinations to aspiring professionals, such as doctors, accountants, teachers, among others. 

    Since its creation in 1973, the PRC has entered into partnership with 43 Professional Regulatory Boards (PRBs) in the fields of health, business, education, social sciences, engineering, and technology.

    The PRBs oversee the practice and compliance to ethical standards in the professions under their governance. They also accredit the professional organizations representing the professionals.

    Every year, the PRC serves more than 4.3 million professionals from those 43 PRBs, as well as hundreds of thousands of aspiring professionals taking the licensure examinations. 

    How to get the PRC ID

    Having a license means you’re authorized to practice your profession in the Philippines. The ID proves you’re a registered professional in the country.

    The widely known PRC ID is actually called the Professional Identification Card (PIC). It also serves as a valid government-issued ID that you can use in transactions with other government agencies, banks, and other institutions.

    Registration steps

    The first step in securing your PIC is to file an application through the PRC Online Services. Click the “Register” button and start creating an account (make sure you have a digital ID photo). You will be asked to book an appointment and download the Oath Form, which you will fill it out.

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    There are fees involved in applying for the PRC ID. It is Php1,050 for those with baccalaureate degrees, and Php879 for non-baccalaureate degrees.

    If you’re a medical representative or real estate salesperson, you’ll pay Php450. It’s Php1,200 if you’re an ocular pharmacology passer.

    You can pay using either online banking or e-wallet. You can also physically pay over the counter of any UCPB branch or at the cashier of any PRC branch. Once your payment is confirmed, print out the Oath Form.  

    PRC ID application requirements

    On the day of your pre-booked appointment at the PRC branch of your choice, you have to bring the following requirements:

    • Printout of the Oath Form
    • 2 passport size photos with white background and full name tag
    • 2 documentary stamps for the Oath Form and Registration Certificate
    • Community tax certificate or cedula

    Take note, though, that additional requirements may be asked by the Philippine Regulatory Board.

    Filing of PRC ID application 

    At the PRC branch, submit all your requirements. Sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals, which is also called the Registry Sheet, and get your claim slip.

    Before COVID-19 happened, you will have to return on the date indicated on the claim slip to attend the mass oath-taking ceremonies. Afterward, you claim your PRC ID and Registration Certificate.

    Pandemic rules for getting PRC ID

    Now that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, however, mass oath-taking ceremonies are held via Zoom. Those who will join the online rites need to secure an appointment, also through the PRC Online Services.

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    Choose “e-OATH” as transaction and follow the procedure. Check out also the specific registration and ceremony protocols.

    During the c, inductees are required to wear a formal or business attire and use a white physical or virtual background.

    When you get your ID, take note that it is valid for three years regardless of your profession. You can renew it any day during your birth month. You will just follow the process of getting get your PRC ID and if necessary, PRB will ask for additional requirements.

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