The Republic Act 11055, known as the Philippine Identification System Act, is a system that centralizes all personal information of Filipino citizens and resident aliens and also, generates a Philippine ID (PhilID) and PhilSys Number (PSN). The ID will be used to authenticate the identity in all government and private sector transactions, which includes the driver’s license, passport, tax related transactions, voter’s registration, application to schools and bank transactions.
Having the ID eliminates the need to gather or procure multiple IDs just to prove your identity. Providing your PhilID or PSN is already sufficient proof of identity, subject to verification. The system will record every instance you use your PhilID or PSN in a transaction, besides modification of personal information, which can result in tracking a person’s activities over an extended period.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is tasked in implementing the law with the technical assistance of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The policies will be created under the collaboration of the NEDA, budget department, finance department, foreign affairs and more.
The law imposes penalties of fines or imprisonment for any person illegally disclosing PhilSys information or using it for unauthorized purposes. Your personal data may be disclosed to enforcement or security agencies in the interest of public safety and only upon court order. The owner of the information should be notified within 72 hours of the disclosure.
If you are living abroad, you can register with the Philippine embassy in your area or any registration center designated by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The president believes that the system will pave the way for efficient service delivery, enhance the administrative governance, reduce corruption, curtail bureaucratic red tape, promote ease of doing business and strengthen financial inclusion.
Where to get the ID?
To get the ID, you can register in person with any of the offices below. Registration is not mandatory. To speed up processing, you can provide a birth certificate (for citizens) or proof of residence (for resident aliens).
- PSA Regional and Provincial Offices
- Local Civil Registry Offices
- Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
- Social Security System (SSS)
- Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)
- Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF)
- Commission on Elections (Comelec)
- Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost)
- Other government-owned and controlled corporations assigned by the Philippine Statistics Authority
Information you need to provide
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Blood type
- Whether you are a Filipino or resident alien
- Front facing photograph
- Full set of fingerprints
- Iris scan
- Other identifying features as may be determined by the law’s implementing rules and regulations
- Optional information: marital status, mobile number, e-mail address
The National ID is expected to aid in the drive against the social menaces of poverty, corruption and criminal issues as well as terrorism and violent extremism. The ID shall contain the Philippine Identification System number, full name, gender, blood type, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, address and a front facing photo.
PhilSys ID eliminates the hassle of bringing a bulk of valid IDs. With a single card, you can access private and public transactions. The authentication and verification are automatic and incorporated within the system.
Additionally, according to the bill author and sponsor Sen. Panfilo Lacson, even if you forgot or misplaced your card, but if you have your Philippine ID System Number or PSN in mind, you can still transact business.
The ID has a built in smart chip that obtains unique information of your biometrics, facial recognition data, iris scan and other verification features. Your ID is valid only for you.
The technology behind it ensures it cannot be copied or used by others. With this unique and secure ID card, identity theft will be mitigated, especially in banking and getting credit cards.
This ID is not only intended for serving a foolproof identity verification; it can also be used in the application of other government-initiated benefits such as:
- Passport ID
- Voter’s Registration ID
- TIN (Tax Identification Number)
- Driver’s License
- Admission to public hospital
- Admission to a public and private school
- Bank Transactions
With this single ID, you can now avail of the full benefits offered by the government and use it in your day-to-day transactions.
The first issuance and renewal of the PhilSys ID is free. Implementation will be a year after August 2018. Requirements may change.