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

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 a 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, if you do not have any valid ID, especially a 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 position 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.

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