November 21, 2021

The Philippine Identification Card (PhilID) has no expiration date: PSA

The Philippine Identification (PhilID) or national ID obtained as a result of Filipino citizenship has no expiration date.

According to a Thursday advisory from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), PhilIDs requested by resident aliens who are not Filipinos but have established residency in the Philippines are only valid for one year.

All Filipinos and resident aliens are eligible to apply for a PhilID at https://register.philsys.gov.ph

There are three registration steps in the application to obtain PhilID cards under the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) project.

The first step in the PhilSys process is to collect demographic information such as full name, gender, date and place of birth, blood type, and address.

Step 2 of the PhilSys process will involve the validation of presented documents in registration centres as well as the collection of biometric captures such as facial photographs, full sets of fingerprints, and iris scans.

The delivery of the PhilSys Number (PSN) and PhilID card to the owner’s home address via the PSA’s official courier partner, Philippine Post Corporation, is the third step in the process (PHLPost).

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will print the PhilID cards, ensuring that layers of security specifications for data acquired through the PhilSys project are incorporated during the manufacturing process.

The PSA and BSP signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2019 to produce 116 million blank cards in three years.

As of October 31, the PSA reported that a total of 3,102,751 physical PhilID cards had been delivered door-to-door for free.

PSA Assistant Secretary Rosalinda Bautista previously stated that the government plans to release a mobile version of the PhilID cards soon.

“We humbly request the public’s patience and support as we, along with the BSP and PHLPost, continue to do our best to accommodate millions of Filipinos who have successfully registered for PhilSys Step 1 and Step 2.” Meanwhile, please keep an eye out for the launch of the PhilSys mobile ID,” Bautista said.

Bautista advised registrants to keep their PSN private at all times.

After the PhilIDs were successfully delivered, Bautista reminded the public not to post photos of their PhilIDs on social media or other public platforms.

Republic Act 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act, was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2018. Its goal is to create a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens.

The national ID must be a valid proof of identity that can be used to simplify public and private transactions, school enrollment, and bank account opening.

It will also increase efficiency, particularly when dealing with government services, as people will only need to present their PhilID during transactions.

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