The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is finally accepting the use of postal IDs as a valid ID for passport applications starting August 1, 2019. That means it’s now easier for Filipinos to get a passport, as postal ID requirements are easier to acquire than other government IDs.
Previously, the postal ID was removed from the list of valid IDs for passport applications in 2016 as its online verification system was not yet ready, according to a report by Rappler. But after the verification system was completed in 2019, the DFA and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLpost) signed a memorandum of agreement to provide the DFA access to the Postal ID Online Verification System (POVS). The web-based POVS will be used to verify if the postal IDs presented to the DFA are authentic or not.
The postal ID has long been regarded as the easiest to get out of the various government IDs. With the POVS in place, the improved postal ID has features that are not typical of an ID card.
Additional physical security features have been added to the card, like a ghost image of the applicant and hologram of the running mailman. These new features will make it easier for tellers to verify that the card is authentic without having to use special equipment. A special ink that illuminates when subjected to ultraviolet light was also added to the card.
Each applicant is checked via the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a biometrics-based uniqueness test that compares an applicant’s fingerprint to the fingerprints database records, which ensures the identity of the individual.
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The improved ID is valid for three (3) years for Filipinos and for foreign residents with a Special Retiree’s Resident Visa. All other foreign residents get one (1) year validity.
Fill out the application form and submit it along with your requirements and payment to any post office. Application forms are available in all post offices. You may also download it here.
Once requirements are approved, proceed to the nearest ID capture station, located in designated post offices and selected malls. (Click here for the full list of stations.) You will be digitally photographed and fingerprinted here.
Upon completion of the ID data capture process, your postal ID will be delivered to your mailing address. For Metro Manila residents, expect delivery to be within 10 to 15 working days. Residents of island provinces and remote barangay can take up to four to five weeks.
Just bring two (2) copies of the filled out postal ID application form and a notarized Affidavit of Loss.
Postal ID requirements for renewal or replacement without a change in biographic data
Just bring two (2) copies of the filled out postal ID application form and the improved or basic postal ID card, whichever is applicable
Postal ID privileges
Your postal ID comes with special perks and discounts from PHLpost’s merchant partners across the Philippines. This includes dining at restaurants, staying at hotels or resorts, visiting theme parks, shopping for appliances, or availing services in salons, spas, clinics, fitness centers, training schools, etc. (You may find the list of merchant partners here.)