PH National ID Online Registration: 3 Steps to Apply

Good news, kabayan! The Philippine government has opened the online registration for the Philippine National ID or the PhilSys ID starting April 30.

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If you want to get your national ID even if you live abroad, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that the procedure would be simple for all, including overseas Filipino employees (OFWs), since the registration will be done entirely online.

PH National ID Online Registration: 3 Steps to Apply
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Guide to Applying for the Philippine National ID Online: 3 Simple Steps

The PSA stressed that obtaining a national ID would only take three steps to complete:

STEP 1: Collection of Demographic Data

Interested applicants can go to the PSA’s official website ( and fill out the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Sex
  • Blood type
  • Address
  • Date and place of birth

In addition to these pieces of information, you’ll need to fill out the online registration form with your email address, marital status, and phone number.

STEP 2: Capturing of Biometric Information

To move on to the next stage of the application, the applicant must schedule an appointment to visit the registration center and provide their biometric data. OFWs can complete this step at any DFA-designated registration center in their host country, or the nearest Philippine Embassy, Consular Office, or any other DFA-designated registration center.

Important: Before you go to the registration center for your appointment, make sure you have all of the necessary paperwork.

You will need to include your biometric details, including your fingerprint, photo, and iris scan, after scheduling an appointment and arriving at the registration center on the scheduled date. Other supporting information would be needed for verification.

STEP 3: Issuance of PSN and PhilID

Your PhilSys Number (PSN) will be assigned to you in the third phase, and your PhilID will be delivered to your residence address.

Reminder: Do NOT share your PhilID on social media because it contains personal information that others can use against you.

In terms of physical registration centers, the PSA will establish several mobile registration centers in various locations. As a result, make sure to stay up to date on this by following the Philippine Embassy’s official social media pages in your host country.

According to the PSA, these locations are being determined in collaboration with local governments, government agencies, and the private sector.

What Are The Documents Required?

  • Primary Documents:
    • PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth
    • One (1) government-issued ID (passport, GSIS/SSS ID, Driver’s License) or any of the following:
      • PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth/NSO-issued Certificate of Live Birth with Birth Reference Number (BreN)
      • LCRO-issued Certificate of Live Birth
      • PSA-issued Report of Birth
      • PSA-issued Certificate of Foundling
      • Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Identification Card
      • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
      • Seaman’s Book
      • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID
      • Senior Citizen’s ID
      • SSS ID
      • Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ID
      • License to Own or Possess Firearms (LTOPF) ID
      • NBI Clearance
      • Police Clearance/ID
      • Solo Parent’s ID
      • PWD ID
      • Voter’s ID
      • Postal ID
      • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) ID
      • Philhealth ID
      • Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA)-issued Special Resident
      • Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)
      • National ID from other countries
      • Residence ID from other countries
    • Secondary IDs
      • Employee ID
      • School ID
      • Barangay Clearance/Certificate
      • Barangay ID
      • City/Municipal ID

If you wish to learn more about the PhilSys, here’s a short video to give you an overview of its importance and benefits:

The National ID is one of the Duterte administration’s most significant campaigns. All residents of the Philippines, as well as Filipino citizens living abroad, will be able to use the national ID as a single document that will be recognized by all public and private institutions, making transactions and access to services easier.

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