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  • ICYMI: Kids 5 Years Old And Up Can Register For A National ID, And Here's How

    by Jocelyn Valle .
  • PHOTO BY Facebook/PSA Philippine Identification System

    In case you missed it, children aged 5 and up can now register for a national ID in any of the registration hubs set up by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) nationwide.

    When accompanying your children to register, if they're not more than 14 years, you just need to bring the original copy of either their school ID or their PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth.

    One of the benefits of getting children to register is the eventual smoother enrollment in their school. This is according to Emily Pagador, officer-in-charge and assistant national statistician of the PSA’s Use Case Development and Management Service (UCDMS), in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

    It should be noted, though, that by the time children turn 14 years old, they have to update their biometric information.

    What is a National ID System or PhilSys?

    It was signed into law August 2018, under Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act. The move aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens.

    Benefits of having a national ID

    1. It serves as a valid proof of identity

    You can use it to transact with the government and other private sectors.

    2. It can help boost efficiency of services

    As a social and economic platform, the ID aims to boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government and private sector services where people will only need to present the ID during transactions.

    3. It can eliminate the need for other IDs


    No need to present other forms of identification. This means easier government and private sector transactions, subject too authentication measures.

    PHOTO BY Facebook/PSA Philippine Identification System

    What you need to know

    To date, the PSA has been able to roll out the following:

    Step 1: The house-to-house collection of demographic information started in October 2020.

    Step 2: The process of validating supporting documents and capturing of biometric information at registration centers nationwide began on January 4, 2021.

    Step 3: The issuance of PhilSys Number (PSN) and PhilID is ongoing.

    It will not replace other functional IDs

    The PSA makes it clear on its website that the National ID will not replace the existing functional IDs (see list below) that serve other purposes.

    Rather it functions as a foundational ID which "serves as a valid proof of identity which would help ease transactions with both government and private sector through easier validation and authentication of identity."

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    Under the PhilSys, the following government IDs will be linked with a person's/customer's reference numbers (CRN):

    • SSS
    • Pag-IBIG
    • PhilHealth
    • Passport number
    • Voter's registration
    • Tax Identification Number (TIN)
    • Driver's license number

    Moreover, the ID has a smart chip that will contain unique information associated with a person such as biometrics, iris scan, facial image reception code, full set of fingerprint, among other distinguishing features.

    The ID will also be valid for State Universities and Colleges, as well as in government offices.

    Requirements to get your National ID

    Applicants are advised to present an original copy of one (1) of the following to be able to register:

    1. PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth together with one (1) government-issued identification document bearing full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumb mark

    2. Philippine Passport issued by the DFA

    3. Unified Multi-Purpose Identification* (UMID) Card issued by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS)

    4. Valid LTO-issued Student's License Permit or Non-Professional/Professional Driver's LicenseApplicant may find a full list of accepted documentary requirements at the back of the PhilSys Registration Form.

    Who are eligible to apply for a National ID?

    All Filipinos are eligible to apply for PhilSys and this includes Overseas Filipino Workers as well as dual citizens living in another country.

    There is no expiration for the ID once issued and will only be replaced if there is a need to update information or if the card is damaged or has a defect.

    Foreigners or resident aliens are also eligible to apply for the national ID but it will only be valid for one year.


    Where can you register?

    The PSA has established fixed and mobile registration centers in strategic locations, including malls, to register the population to PhilSys. Contact the agency's Facebook page, or through hotline 1388 for any questions about the National ID.

    In the case of Filipinos residing abroad, they may inquire or register with the Philippine Embassy or other centers identified by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    Data privacy and security

    According to the PSA website, sufficient safeguards will be in place to ensure information security, cybersecurity, data protection, and privacy in compliance with the Data Privacy Act.

    The PSA is working closely with the National Privacy Commission (NPC), the DICT, and the National Security Council regarding the processes of the PhilSys, including to identify and mitigate privacy and cybersecurity risks.

    "The PhilSys design adopts Privacy by Design principles wherein privacy is incorporated into its technologies by default and from the start," as stated in the website.

    Citing an example, the PhilSys say it only collects and stores minimal data and the PhilSys Number (PSN) is fully randomized, not revealing any information about the person such as their date of birth.

    On March 4, 2023, the PSA announced on its Facebook page that 5o million units of national ID, both PhilID and e-PhilID, have been issued.

    Done registering? Read here on how to track the delivery of your national ID.

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