Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How To Get A Postal ID: Step-by-step Guide


Postal ID Application

Most establishments nowadays require at least two (2) valid IDs when doing transactions.

Hence, it is advised that someone should have at least 2 valid IDs, other than the government documents that also prove someone’s identity such as Birth Certificate, to be able to successfully transact with banks, government agencies, and other institutions.

While there are a lot of valid IDs and documents, getting a Postal ID is still a good option for someone who needs additional ID and for someone who does not have any valid ID at all as it is by far the easiest and fastest to get of all the government IDs without the need for membership which will be obtained from the Philippine Postal Corporation, also known as PHLPOST. 

Moreover, all Filipinos residing in the Philippines can get this type of ID. Even foreigners can apply for the Postal ID given that they had stayed in the country for at least six (6) months.

Postal ID, however, is only valid for three (3) years for Filipinos and for foreign residents with Special Retiree’s Resident Visa (SRRV). But since it’s the easiest to obtain, I think three years is not a short time if the ID could get you somewhere. 

Even if you also have to pay for it, but if you do not have any valid ID, especially government-issued ID, then, having the Postal ID is not a waste of money as having one could really come in handy when claiming money remittances, applying for a passport and traveling either locally or internationally.

Furthermore, the security features of the Improved Postal ID positions the ID as a primary card, thus, adding weight to its usefulness.

So, how do we get a Postal ID?

Improved Postal ID Application


Government agencies nowadays have gone digital. They make sure that they are not left behind with the technology and that they have delivered the best service possible to all Filipinos.

The Philippine Postal Corporation is also in the move of providing quality service. Due to the reliability and authenticity issues of the old Postal ID or the Basic Postal ID, 

PHLPOST has released the Improved Postal ID with additional physical security features that can be easily identified using the naked eye. PHLPOST has restrained from issuing the laminated old postal ID and has paved the way to the release of the more elegant PVC-type ID.

The application process is relatively the same. We still have to go to the Post Office to apply for the Improved Postal ID. It is just that a biometrics-based uniqueness test is added to fully guarantee an individual’s identity. 

The following are the steps to successfully get one.

Step 1 - Prepare Supporting Documents


Prepare the necessary supporting documents before heading to the Post Office. Prepare one (1) proof of identity and one (1) proof of address.

Proof of identity could be a Birth Certificate, GSIS or SSS UMID Card, Driver’s License or a passport. 

If the primary proofs of identity are not available, provide two (2) valid IDs and/or documents, at least one with a photo and signature of yours. Proof of address could be a Barangay Certificate or a Utility Bill.

To know more about the supporting documents, please check the Requirements for Improved Postal ID Application.

Married females are also required to bring their marriage certificate to validate the change of name from the birth document.

Step 2 - Go to the Post Office


Head over to the Post Office with your supporting documents and of course, with your payment. 

Fill out two (2) copies of the Postal ID application form. You can opt to download the form from the PHLPOST website and fill it out beforehand.

Step 3 - Pay the Postal ID


Submit the documents to the assigned staff and pay the fixed fee of PHP504.00 for the Postal ID. 

The fee is inclusive of a 12% VAT and a delivery fee. Yes, it includes a delivery fee as the Improved Postal ID will be delivered right at your doorstep. Just make sure to enter your correct address on the application form.

Step 4 - Time for ID Capture


Lastly, go to the nearest ID capture station where you will be photographed and fingerprinted. 

The capture station may be within the vicinity of the nearest Post Office or it may be on another Post Office. The Post Office staff may advise you to what station you have to go to.

As per PHLPOST, there are 260 Postal ID capture stations nationwide. You can check www.philpost.gov.ph to see the locations.

After the data capture process, your information will be forwarded to another department which is in Manila for centralized ID printing. 

Expect to receive your Improved Postal ID approximately 15 working days from application day if you are living within Metro Manila, approximately 20 working days if you are living in other major cities and municipalities and approximately 30 working days if you are in Island provinces and remote Barangays. 

As mentioned above, the ID will be delivered to your doorstep. But you also have an option to follow up with your Post Office.

By the way, please do wear appropriate attire when going to the Post Office. 

Though they don’t literally post anything about it, most government offices don’t allow someone in slippers, in shorts, and in sleeveless to get inside the premises. It is better to be safe than having to return to the office the next day. Casual attire will do as long as you look presentable.

For more information about the Improved Postal ID, you may directly contact PHLPOST via Globe (0917-521-5373), Smart (0998-844-7629), or via Sun (0925-321-2291).
 
Best of luck with your Postal ID application! 

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Improved Postal ID Application Requirements


Improved Postal ID Application Requirements


I got married last year and now waiting for our bundle of joy to arrive. As an SSS member, I want to take advantage of the maternity benefit and so I needed to submit maternity notification prior to delivery as one of the Maternity Benefit Application Requirements.

Since I am married, I also felt the need to change my civil status with SSS to avoid future problems. 

Having checked SSS websites about the documents needed, I thought our marriage certificate and my UMID ID are enough to update my records, but I was wrong. I was asked of another ID holding my married name. 

I even inquired further if our marriage certificate won’t be enough proof but the personnel reiterated that I really have to have a new ID with my husband’s last name. She advised me to get a postal ID which is by far the easiest to get as per her.

Following the advice of the SSS personnel, I opted to get a postal ID.

It was then that I knew that they now have an improvised postal ID with new guidelines and requirements.

Having visited the Post Office, I am encouraged to share with you the requirements just so you know the needed documents when applying for the ID.

Requirements for Improved Postal ID Application


PHLPOST noted to bring the original and photocopy of the following documents.

1. Two (2) copies of the Postal ID application form.

2. One (1) proof of identity, such as:

- Birth Certificate from NSO or Local Civil Registry
- GSIS or SSS UMID Card
- Valid Driver’s License
- Valid Passport

If the above-mentioned proofs of identity are not available, you can show two (2) of the following documents, one of which has a photo and signature of the applicant:

  • Alumni ID
  • Basic Postal ID
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • BIR ID
  • Certificate of Birth and Marriage from NCIP
  • Certificate of Birth and Marriage from NCMF
  • College of Post-Graduate TOR
  • College, School or University ID
  • Company ID
  • Confirmation Certificate
  • Elementary or High School Form 137
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID
  • Marriage Certificate
  • NBI Clearance
  • OWWA ID
  • Pag-Ibig ID
  • PhilHealth ID
  • PRC ID
  • Paper-based Postal ID
  • Police Clearance
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • TIN Card
  • Voter’s ID

3. One (1) Proof of Address, like:

  • Barangay Certificate
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Bank Statement
  • Certified True Copy of Lease
  • Certified True Copy of Titles
  • Certified True Copy of Real Estate Tax Receipt
  • Credit Card Statement
  • School Billing Statement
  • Utility Bill (cable, electric, internet, landline, water)

Foreign Residents Postal ID Application Requirements


Foreign residents, on the other hand, have different sets of required documents for Postal ID application.

1. Two (2) copies of the Postal ID application form.

2. Proofs of Identity, which includes:

   a. Valid Passport

    b. One of the following documents:

    • Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR Card)
    • Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE)
    • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
    • Diplomatic Visa
    • Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

3. One (1) Proof of Address, like:

  • Barangay Certificate of Residency
  • Certification or Statement of Account from the hotel, transient home or any type of home where the applicant stays
  • Notarized Land, House or Condominium Lease Contract
  • Bank Statement
  • Credit Card Statement
  • School Billing Statement
  • Utility Bill (cable, electric, internet, telephone, water)

The improved Postal ID costs Php504.00 and only valid for three years, thus, you have to renew your postal ID every three years if you can’t have other valid IDs with no expiration date.

For more information regarding Postal ID in the Philippines, you may visit their website.

PHLPOST also have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts which you can also check.

I hope you find the information above noteworthy. For questions and concerns, please use the comments section below.

Friday, July 20, 2018

List of NBI Clearance Payment Partners


NBI Clearance Payment Partners


In the interest of providing better service, NBI has utilized an online payment system to expedite the payment process of applicants who want to get NBI Clearance.

Either for pick up or delivery, NBI has made the system available for everyone’s ease and convenience.

NBI Clearance Payment Partners


As of this writing, there are six (6) payment options for paying NBI Clearance Certificate.

1.    Bank Over-the-Counter


NBI has partnered with numerous banks all over the country for the payment of NBI Clearance. Anyone can pay with CASH over-the-counter to banks like:

·       BDO
·       BPI
·       Chinabank
·       DBP
·       EastWest Bank
·       Landbank
·       Metrobank
·       PNB
·       RCBC
·       Security Bank
·       Union Bank

2.    Online Bank


For others who want to avoid the hassles of falling in line at the banks, they may pay the applied NBI Clearance ONLINE using NBI online banking partners, such as:

·       BDO Internet Banking
·       BPI Express Online
·       Chinabank Online
·       Metrobank Direct
·       RCBC Access One
·       UCPB Connect
·       Unionbank EON/Internet Banking

3.    Bayad Center


And who is not familiar with Bayad Center? With thousands of Bayad Center outlets nationwide, this payment option is certainly a go-to for most applicants. To pay, just proceed to any BAYAD CENTER outlets or partners like:

·       Cebuana Lhuillier
·       Citystate Bank
·       CVM Pawnshop
·       Direct Agent 5
·       eBiz
·       Go Beyond Expectation Remittance Co.
·       Isetan
·       Landmark
·       LBC
·       Luzon Development Bank
·       Palawan Pawnshop
·       Petnet
·       Philspost
·       Prime Asia Pawnshop
·       Raquel Pawnshop
·       Robinsons
·       San Roque Supermarket
·       "Sinag Pawnshop
·       SM Savemore
·       Sta. Lucia East Mall
·       Tambunting Pawnshop
·       USSC
·       Villarica Pawnshop (selected branches only)
·       Waltermart
·       2go Express

4.    MultiPay


To those who have known Multipay, they may pay using the MultiPay Wallet or go to any Bayad Center – MultiPay Payment Outlets. To avail and load MultiPay Wallet, you may visit www.multipay.ph.

5.    ECPay


Just like Bayad Center, there are also a lot of ECPay partners nationwide which makes it a great option for paying the NBI Clearance. To pay, anyone just needs to head over to any ECPay partners such as:

·       Auto Topup Ventures Inc.
·       Enterprise Bank Inc.
·       Global Access Financial Services
·       H Lhuillier Pawnshop
·       Magic Appliance Center, Inc.
·       Metro Gaisano
·       NCCC – LTS Supermarkets
·       Petron Corporation
·       Prince Warehouse Club, Inc.
·       RD Pawnshop
·       RFC
·       San Mig Food Avenue
·       Shopwise Wellcome
·       ViaExpress Inc

6.    7-Eleven


Just head over to any 7-Eleven branches and pay the applied NBI Clearance.

How to Pay for the NBI Clearance


For those who wish to apply for a clearance certificate, I highly recommend creating an online account first to be able to set an appointment for the NBI Clearance application.

For further guidance, please check How to Create an NBI Clearance Online Account.

The applicant can directly go to any of the above-mentioned payment partners to pay for the applied NBI Clearance. He/she only has to bring the reference number provided during the application of the certificate or the printout of the application to show to the payment centers.

Do you know other NBI Clearance payment partners? If you do, please tell us in the comments section below.

Friday, July 13, 2018

How To Get NBI Clearance Appointment


How to Get NBI Clearance Appointment


Starting December 27, 2016, NBI strictly implemented the "No Appointment, No Entry" arrangement for those applying for NBI Clearance. It means that somebody needs to set an appointment first before he/she can get an NBI Clearance.

The good news is, anyone can get an appointment without having to go to the NBI Clearance center before his/her preferred application or pick-up date. We had done this and so, I will share with you how.


NBI Clearance Appointment


Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set an NBI clearance appointment online.


Step 1 - Go to the official NBI Clearance website


Visit https://clearance.nbi.gov.ph/ and set up an account or sign in to your existing one. Enter your email address and password to sign in. 


To know how to create an account, check How to Create an NBI Clearance Online Account post.

Step 2 - Review your personal information


Once signed in, take the time to review your personal information on the APPLICANT INFORMATION section for possible changes or before you apply for NBI Clearance. 


To add or change some data, click the EDIT INFORMATION button located on the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Click the SAVE INFORMATION button for every change made.

Step 3 - Set up your appointment schedule


If everything is fine, start to set your appointment schedule by clicking the APPLY FOR CLEARANCE button still located on the upper right corner of the screen.

You will then be asked what ID you are going to present during your appointment. Enter the type of ID you have. Make sure to bring the document for verification. You may use the following documents and/or IDs:

  • Voter’s ID
  • SSS ID
  • PRC License
  • Passport
  • Postal ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS UMID
  • School ID
  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • Philhealth Card
  • TIN Card
  • NSO/PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate
  • Senior Citizen Card
  • Copy of Previous NBI Clearance


Step 4 - Confirm your ID


Hit I ''AGREE" button so as to confirm the type of ID to present, as well as, to certify that all information is true and correct.

Step 5 - Finalize the date and location


Now, set a specific date, time, and place of your appointment. Select the NBI Clearance Center nearest you. You may type the location for you to easily find the right branch.

Also, select if it’s AM or PM. Make sure you are available on the scheduled date and time of appointment as NBI has the right to forfeit fees collected if the applicant fails to appear on the chosen schedule.

Step 6 - Decide how to pay


After setting the schedule, proceed for payment by choosing from the available payment options. Your option determines the total fee of your transaction which includes the NBI Clearance charge and the e-payment service.

You may pay thru Bank Over the Counter, Online Bank, Bayad Center, MultiPay, ECPay, and 7-Eleven. Hover your mouse to any of the payment options to see the specific payment centers.

Step 7 - Finalize your payment options


Just hit the “Proceed to Payment” button when shown of the transactions summary.

Take note of the REFERENCE NUMBER provided to you which will serve as your code in paying the requested document and as your gate pass when entering the NBI Clearance Center.

Step 8 - Proceed to payment centers


Lastly, pay the NBI Clearance through your selected payment option. Show the reference number so the payment will be tagged to your applied document.

And that was how we did it! It’s time for you to wait for your appointment date. Remember to bring at least two (2) valid IDs just in case they will need more than one, your reference number and the proof of payment.

Best of luck with your appointment for NBI Clearance! If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to post in the comments section below.

Monday, July 9, 2018

How To Apply For NBI Clearance


How to apply for NBI Clearance


With the title itself, we could think of going immediately to the nearest NBI Clearance Center to get a copy of the document. It sounds so easy, yet, there are instances wherein we get confused and lost in the process.

To help you cope up, I have created a guide for you to be able to prepare beforehand before you apply for NBI Clearance.

NBI Clearance Application

Here's what to do when applying for NBI Clearance.

Step 1 - Go to the nearest NBI office


Head over to the nearest NBI Clearance Center to schedule an appointment. Tap the assigned personnel to set your schedule.

For some NBI offices, there are actually standby kiosks offering for appointment scheduling service. You can immediately approach any of them if you want to avoid long queues inside the premises. You just have to pay for the service fee.

You can also opt to set an appointment before going to the office via the NBI Clearance online facility in which you can choose your preferred schedule of appointment and pay the document through   NBI’s Payment Center partners.


It is best to bring your old NBI Clearance if your purpose is to renew as it will expedite the process.

Step 2 - Pay the document


After setting your appointment schedule, pay the document immediately.

Due to the NBI Clearance Online Payment System, the assigned personnel may instruct you to pay the document at a specific payment center nearest the office.

Be advised that effective March 12, 2018, the NBI is charging Php130.00 per clearance certificate to comply with Documentary Stamp Tax rate adjustment.

There could also be a service fee if you are going to pay the document at NBI’s payment center partners.

Step 3 - Head back to the office for photograph and biometrics


After paying for the document, head back to the office for photo capture and biometrics. I am sure you are familiar with photo capture. As for biometrics, it only needs to scan your fingerprints on a device.

Step 4 - Wait for your clearance certificate


Now, it’s time to wait for your NBI Clearance to be handed to you.

Depending on the office’s policy, they may issue a priority number for the release of the document or they may just call your name. All you really have to do is be attentive to the assigned personnel. You will know which station or desk assigned to the task as the applicants will flock on the area.

With the recent modification of NBI’s system, the document may be released within the day, as long as you do not have an NBI Clearance HIT

Having a HIT could mean a lot of things. But you need not worry if you do not remember any case filed to you. It could just mean that there is another person holding the same name and they just have to verify everything before they hand over the document.

If in case you do have a “HIT”, your clearance will be put on hold and you will be advised to go back on a certain date.

Additional Reminders


Please bring at least two (2) valid documents and/or IDs when appearing to the NBI Clearance Center. You may bring any of the following:

  • Voter’s ID
  • SSS ID
  • PRC License
  • Passport
  • Postal ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS UMID
  • School ID
  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • Philhealth Card
  • TIN Card
  • NSO/PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate
  • Senior Citizen Card
  • Copy of Previous NBI Clearance

Best of luck with your NBI Clearance application! If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to post in the comments section below.

Friday, July 6, 2018

How to Create NBI Clearance Online Account


How to Create NBI Clearane Online Account


For someone who lives far from the city, online access to government services and documents is absolutely a big help as it spares our time, effort, and even our finances.

Just earlier this year, my husband needed to submit an NBI Clearance for his new job. NBI Clearance is only valid for one (1) year, thus, he had to get a new one. 

Since we heard that an appointment is required before we can get a clearance certificate, we decided to do it in the comfort of our home to avoid inconvenience and long queues.

But before we can set a schedule for the appointment, we had to create an online account first. 

Here is a simple guide on how to create an NBI Clearance account online.

For Someone Who Has an Old NBI Clearance

If you do not have an internet connection at home, you can go to any internet cafe.

Step 1

Go to the NBI Clearance's official website.

Step 2

On the website’s home page, look for the REGISTER section on the right portion of the page.

Step 3

Tick the ‘YES’ checkbox since you have an old NBI Clearance. Be careful with this option as it requires different information and routes you to a different page.


Once you apply for NBI Clearance, the application type would be RENEW.

Step 4

Enter your first and last name, date of birth, and your old NBI ID Number.


Click the “What’s this” label if you do not know where to find the NBI ID Number on your old NBI Clearance.

NBI Clearance page has set the entries to capital letters. No need to worry if you type the information in uppercase or lowercase as it will automatically change to capital letters.

Step 5

Hit the “PROCEED” button.


Step 6

You will then be routed to another REGISTER screen which auto-populates your information due to the old NBI ID Number provided.


Step 7

Enter an active email address that will serve as your username upon signing into your account.


Step 8

Also, type in your preferred password which you also need to confirm on the other box to make sure both match.


Step 9

Tick the I ACCEPT TERMS OF SERVICE checkbox to confirm that you agree with their policies. You may opt to read the terms of service by clicking the link or you may read it later.


Step 10

Lastly, click the SIGN-UP button to finalize your account registration. You will know if your registration in the portal is successful as a message will pop up on the upper right corner of the screen.


And that was it! No more email confirmation needed on your part.


For a First-Time Applicant

If you are a new applicant, follow the steps below.

Step 1

Go to the NBI Clearance website - https://clearance.nbi.gov.ph/

Step 2

Look for the REGISTER section on the right side of the home page.

Step 3

Tick the ‘NO’ checkbox since you are a new applicant who has not tried to request an NBI Clearance before. Still, be careful that you tick the correct checkbox as each requires different information and routes you to a different page.

Once you apply for NBI Clearance, the application type would be NEW.

Step 4

Now, it’s time to REGISTER AS NEW ACCOUNT. Type your gender, civil status, DOB, full name, active email address, and your desired password for the account. Make sure that you take note of your email address and password as you will use them to sign in later.

Step 5

Tick the “I ACCEPT TERMS OF SERVICE” checkbox.

Step 6

Finally, click the SIGN-UP button. After you hit the button, you will be asked to confirm the previously entered information. It is recommended to check every detail including the spelling of your name as you cannot revise the information after the confirmation.

Step 7

Hit the YES button if everything that is shown is fine. Hit NO to make alterations.

You may now sign in to your account and apply for NBI Clearance. You can check How to Apply for NBI Clearance for more details.

Best of luck with your NBI Clearance online account creation!

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments section below.