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Postal ID Now Accepted as Valid for Passport Applications: How to Get This ID
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  • 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.

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    How to apply for a postal ID

    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.


    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.

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    Here are the steps to apply for a postal ID, according to the official website of PHLpost:

    Step one

    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.

    Step two

    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.

    Step three

    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.

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    Postal ID requirements

    To get a postal ID, Filipinos must bring the original copy and submit a photocopy of the following documents:

    1. Two (2) copies of the filled out postal ID application form.

    2. Proof of Identity.

    A. You may submit any one (1) of the following:

    • Birth certificate issued by NSO or Local Civil Registry
    • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) or Social Security System (SSS) UMID Card
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Valid Passport

    Note: Married females must bring their marriage certificate to validate change of name from the birth document.

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    B. If you do not have the documents mentioned above, you may submit any two (2) of the following documents. At least one of these must have the applicant’s photo and signature:

    • BIR ID
    • Baptismal certificate
    • Certificate of birth
    • College or post-graduate transcript of records
    • Confirmation certificate
    • Elementary or High School Form 137
    • Marriage certificate
    • Valid Alumni ID
    • Basic Postal ID
    • Valid college, school, or University ID
    • Valid company ID
    • Valid Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID
    • Valid NBI Clearance
    • Valid OWWA ID
    • Valid Pag-Ibig ID
    • Valid PhilHealth ID
    • Valid Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
    • Valid paper-based postal ID
    • Valid police clearance
    • Valid Seaman’s Book
    • Valid Senior Citizen ID
    • Valid Tax Identification Number Card
    • Valid Voter’s ID

    3. Proof of address.

    Submit any one (1) of the following:

    • Barangay Certificate of Residency issued within three (3 months) prior to PID application
    • Certified True Copy of Lease
    • Certified True Copy of Titles issued by the Land Registration Authority
    • Certified True Copy of Real Estate Tax Receipt
    • Bank Statement
    • Credit Card Statement
    • School Billing Statement
    • Utility Bill (Cable, electric, Internet, landline, telephone, water)
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    For foreign residents, the postal ID requirements are as follows:

    1. Two (2) copies of the filled out postal ID application form.

    2. Proof of identity.

    Passport – must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to application

    b. Any one (1) of the following documents relative to the stay in the Philippines valid for at least six (6) months prior to application

    • Alien certificate of Registration Identity Card
    • Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension
    • Temporary Resident Visa
    • Diplomatic Visa
    • Special Resident Retiree’s Visa

    3. Proof of Address

    Submit any one (1) of the following:

    • Barangay Certificate of Residency – issued within three (3) months prior to postal ID application
    • Certification or statement of account from hotel, transient home, or any temporary residence within three months prior to application
    • Notarized, Land, House, or Condominium Lease Contract (if applicable)
    • Bank statement
    • Credit card statement
    • School billing statement
    • Utility bill (cable, electric, Internet, landline, telephone, water)
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    Postal ID requirements in case of loss/or theft

    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.)

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    If you're applying for a Philippine passport, it's also best to take note of other valid IDs accepted by the DFA:

    • SSS card
    • GSIS card
    • Unified Multi-Purpose Identification card
    • Land Transportation Office driver’s License (student permits will be accepted if in card format)
    • Professional Regulatory Commission ID
    • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration e-card
    • Commission on Elections voter's ID or Voter's Certification from the election officer (with dry seal)
    • Philippine National Police firearms license
    • Senior Citizen ID
    • Airman license (issued August 2016 onwards)
    • School ID (if applicable)
    • Current Valid ePassport (for renewal of ePassport)
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