Getting The New Philippine Postal ID
Identification cards are essential when it comes to doing official transactions in the Philippines, from banks to services - you need to have a valid identification card. Unfortunately, the Philippines still doesn't have a national ID like our neighboring countries and we have to rely on getting individual identification cards from different government offices with different requirements.
One of the most easy way to get an identification card is by getting a postal ID where you only need to present a barangay certificate to obtain one. Unfortunately, this can be faked easily because it is made only in cardboard paper and you also need to have it laminated. This is why PHLPOST recently relaunched their modernized Postal ID with added security features. Of course with this upgrade, expect higher fees as well because that's how the Philippine Government rolls.
Getting the new Postal ID can be a little tricky now as they also updated the requirements needed to obtain one. Aside from Proof of Address (which can be a barangay certificate or proof of billing), you also need to bring an NSO or Local Civil Registrar certificated Birth Certificate, and shell out P414.44.- they actually advertise it as P370 but on the fine print, it says that the 12% VAT is not yet included.
One last thing you need is a fully accomplished Postal ID application form which can be downloaded through the PHLPOST website. You can click here to download the form, print & fill up double copies. Reminder to have every requirement photocopied!
How to Apply for a the New Postal ID?
Now that you have the requirements, how to apply for one?
Head to your nearest Postal Office in your area during office hours - in my case it's the Quezon City Central Post Office in NIA Road. If you want to check out the complete list of PHLPOST offices that offers the ID capturing service, click here. I heard that they will be having ID capturing service as well on select malls soon.
Head to the Postal ID window and present the requirements mentioned above. In their website, it is indicated that they need your photocopies for their file, but unfortunately in the Quezon City Central Post Office, they got my ORIGINAL NSO birth certificate (even though I said I have photocopies for them!) which is a total bummer because that means I need pay and get a new one from NSO soon. I already got in touch with PHLPOST about this on their website and social media, but still no response from their end.
After the staff checks your requirements, you'll proceed with the data capture where they digitally get your fingerprints and signature. Once you're done with the data capture, they'll take your photo, so it's best to dress appropriately since you'll be using your ID for 3 years.
The last step is checking the encoded details. The PHLPOST staff will ask you to check your details on the ID one last time and if it looks good already, you'll have to approve it by scanning your thumb once again in their data capture device.
Getting Your New Postal ID
Luckily, getting your new Postal ID is a breeze compare before because they will have it delivered straight to the address registered in your application. PHLPost promises that they'll deliver your card within 10-15 working days. I applied March 12th and got my ID March 31st, that's exactly 13 working days, still within their promised delivery period. First time I transacted with a government office who kept their promise(!!!)
Once it arrives to your place, it should be sealed and placed in a white envelope. Inside are some details about your card including how long is the validity of your card and contact details in case you have comments or suggestions.
If you're still confused om how to get the New Postal ID, you can check out the Frequently Asked Questions that our friends from the Philippine Postal Corporation has prepared. This should cover most of the general questions about the New Postal ID.
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They also opened new hotline numbers for Postal ID and delivery concerns which is really helpful if you want further information about the New Postal ID. Aside from the new hotline numbers, they are also on social and also opened an official website where you can find details like where to apply, requirements, more information, & so much more.
Philippine Postal ID Hotline
Landline: (02) 7427349 / (02) 2309875
Overall, getting the new Postal ID is still a breeze but the higher fee and them getting my original copy of my NSO birth certificate instead of a photocopy is definitely a thumbs down for me. Lastly, I wish they increased the validity of the card to 4 or 5 years because 3 years is really too short.
Let me know your experience getting the new Postal ID, or if you are planning to get one and have questions, please do not hesitate to comment below. I'll gladly answer your question the best that I can. :)