Getting a Postal ID

It is a running joke among Filipinos that it is only in the Philippines where you are required to present a valid ID to get a valid ID. Well, here is one valid ID that may be availed by those who do not have a valid one yet but do have a birth certificate.

The Philippine Postal Corporation, or PHLPost, launched an improved Postal ID which is equipped with security features designed to prevent fraud and falsification of documents.

Apart from being biometrics-based, the improved Postal ID contains a ghost image of the applicant and the hologram of a running mailman to verify the authenticity of the card. The card is also infused with a UV ink, a special ink that illuminates when subjected to ultraviolet light.

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The Postal ID is valid for three years for Filipinos and foreign residents with Special Retiree’s Resident Visa (SRRV). Meanwhile, Postal ID for foreign residents is valid only for one year.

There are 260 Postal ID capture stations around the country located in designated post offices and selected malls.


Applicants for Postal ID need to accomplish two copies of Postal ID application. They are required to bring the original and the photocopy of any one of the following;

  • Birth Certificate;
  • Valid Driver’s License; or
  • Valid Passport

Married female applicants must also bring their marriage certificate to validate the change of name.

In the absence of any of the abovementioned proof of identity, the applicant may provide any two of the following documents, where one of which should bear the applicants’ photo and signature;

  • BIR ID;
  • Baptismal Certificate;
  • College or Post-Graduate Transcript of Records;
  • Confirmation Certificate;
  • Elementary or High School Form 137;
  • Marriage Certificate;
  • Valid Alumni ID;
  • Valid Basic Postal ID;
  • Valid College, School or University ID;
  • Valid Company ID;
  • Valid Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID;
  • Valid NBI Clearance;
  • Valid OWWA ID;
  • Valid Pag-Ibig ID;
  • Valid PhilHealth ID;
  • Valid PRC ID;
  • Valid Paper-based Postal ID;
  • Valid Police Clearance;
  • Valid Seaman’s Book;
  • Valid Senior Citizen ID;
  • Valid Tax Identification Number Card; or
  • Valid Voter’s ID

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Applicants must also provide any of the following proof of address;

  • Barangay Certificate of Residency issued within three (3 months) before PID application;
  • Certified True Copy of Lease;
  • Certified True Copy of Titles issued by the Land Registration Authority (LRA);
  • Certified True Copy of Real Estate Tax Receipt;
  • Bank Statement;
  • Credit Card Statement;
  • School Billing Statement; or
  • Utility Bill (cable, electric, internet, landline, telephone, water)

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Foreign residents who want to have a Postal ID are required to accomplish two copies of application form and submit the following;

  • Proof of identity
    • Passport;
    • Any one of the following documents;
      • Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACRI-Card);
      • Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE);
      • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV);
      • Diplomatic Visa; or
      • Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

These documents must be valid for at least six months before the application.

  • Proof of address
    • Barangay Certificate of Residency – issued within three (3) months before PID application;
    • Certification or statement of account from the hotel, transient home or any temporary residence within three (3) months before application;
    • Certification from the hotel, transient home or any temporary residence within three (3) months before application;
    • Notarized, if applicable, Land, House or Condominium Lease Contract;
    • Bank statement;
    • Credit card statement;
    • School billing statement; or
    • Utility bill (cable, electric, internet, landline, telephone, water)


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The applicant will submit the application forms and required documents to any post office. He or she will have to pay P 504.00 ($10).

Once the application is approved, the applicant will be directed to proceed to the nearest ID capture station to have their digital photograph and fingerprint taken.

The Postal ID will be delivered to their mailing address, approximately, 10-15 working days, if within Metro Manila. On the other hand, delivery will take an estimate of four to five weeks, in island provinces and remote barangays.

If the applicant has an immediate need for the Postal ID, he or she may avail of the rush processing and pay P650.

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