Philippine Postal ID: Requirements, How to Apply, and More

Public and private sectors often require government-issued IDs for transactions and for getting other valid IDs as well. One of the easiest IDs you can apply for and get is the Postal ID. Originally used by postal carriers to verify the identity of a parcel’s recipient, the ID can also be used for holders to avail of government and banking services and transactions. In some cases, it can be an essential requirement when applying for a job.

With all its benefits, here’s everything you need to know about the PhilPost Postal ID.

What is a PhilPost Postal ID (PID)?

A Postal ID is a card accepted for identifying any postal transactions worldwide. In the Philippines, it is presented to mailmen or postal carriers for verification to ensure that the parcels and letters are delivered to the correct receiver. You can also use it to do government and private institutional transactions.

Can You Apply for a Postal ID?

Anyone can get a Postal ID as long as they are a:

  1. Filipino living in the country.
  2. Filipino who works and lives abroad but is in the Philippines during the time of application.
  3. A foreign resident in the Philippines living here at least six (6) months before the application.

What to Expect with the New Philippine Postal ID

Before, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) issued paper documents, but they have now upgraded it into an ID card with upgraded security features and can be verified with a smartphone app.

These are the features you can expect in the new Postal ID:

  • A security hologram of a mailman viewable at different angles.
  • All information and biometrics of the ID holder are captured at the postal office only, so all personal data are legit.
  • An Automated Fingerprint Identification System is used to verify an individual’s fingerprint and match it with the one kept in the database.
  • The Postal IDs are printed at one central location to prevent duplication.
  • The Postal ID Verification app can scan the embedded QR code on the Postal ID to verify the cardholder’s identity.
  • The Philippine Postal ID is valid for three (3) years for Filipino holders and foreigners with Special Retiree Resident Visa. For foreigners in the Philippines with a different type of visa, their Postal ID is valid for one year only.

What Requirements Are Needed to Apply for a Philippine Postal ID?

For Filipinos

The original and photocopies of the following documents are required to apply for a new Postal ID in the Philippines:

  1. Two (2) copies of the duly-accomplished Postal ID Application form you can get at any post office or downloaded online.
  2. Proof of Identity:
    1. One (1) of the following:
      1. NSO or Local Civil Registry-issued Birth Certificate
      2. GSIS or SSS UMID card
      3. Valid passport
      4. Valid driver’s license
  3. Two (2) of the following if they cannot provide any of the above identity requirements. At least of these documents should have the person’s signature and photo:
    1. Voter’s ID
    2. Tax ID
    3. Senior Citizen ID
    4. Seaman’s Book
    5. Police Clearance
    6. PRC ID
    7. Philhealth ID
    8. Pag-IBIG ID
    9. OWWA ID
    10. BIR ID
    11. NBI Clearance
    12. Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID (IBP ID)
    13. Company ID
    14. School ID
    15. Birth Certificate
    16. Marriage Certificate
    17. Confirmation Certificate
    18. Baptismal Certificate
    19. Transcription of Records (College or Post Graduate)
    20. Elementary or High School Form 137
  4. Proof of Address (any of the following):
    1. Utility Bill (Electricity, Landline, Internet, Credit Card, Cable, Water, etc.)
    2. Bank Statement
    3. Certified True Copy of Real Estate Tax Receipt
    4. Certified True Copy of Lease
    5. Barangay Certificate of Residency (issued at least three [3] months before the Postal ID application)
    6. School Billing

For Foreigners

The following documents are required for foreign residents who wish to apply for a Philippine Postal ID:

  1. Duly accomplished Postal ID Application form you can get at any post office or download online.
  2. Proof of identity:
    1. Passport (issued at least six (6) months before the application)
    2. Any of the following documents that show proof of stay in the Philippines (issued at least six (6) months before the Postal ID application)
      1. Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)
      2. Diplomatic Visa
      3. Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
      4. Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE)
      5. Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card
  3. Proof of Address (any of the following):
    1. Utility Bill (Electricity, Landline, Internet, Credit Card, Cable, Water, etc.)
    2. Bank Statement
    3. Notarized Land, House, or Condo Lease Contract
    4. Certificate from a hotel, transient home, or temporary residence (issued within three [3] months before PID application)
    5. Statement of Account from a hotel, transient home, or temporary residence (issued within three [3] months before PID application)
    6. Barangay Certificate of Residency (issued within three [3] months before PID application)

What Requirements are Needed to Renew or Replace a Philippine Postal ID?

If there are no changes in your biographic data, these are the required documents you need to provide to renew your PhilPost ID:

  • Two (2) copies of the accomplished Postal ID application form
  • Basic or Improved Postal ID card (original and photocopy)

If you lost your Postal ID, you could ask for a new replacement by submitting the following:

  • Two (2) copies of the accomplished Postal ID application form
  • Notarized Affidavit of Loss

If there are any changes in your biographical data, you need to present the following documents when replacing your Philippine Postal ID:

  • Two (2) copies of the duly-accomplished Postal ID Application form you can get at any post office or downloaded online.
  • Basic or Improved Postal ID card (original and photocopy)
  • Additional requirements that support the change in biographic data.

How to Apply for a Philippine Postal ID?

Applying for a PhilPost ID is quick and easy. Here are the simple steps you need to take to apply for your Postal ID:

  1. Bring and submit all your required documents to the post office nearest you. The office personnel will be the ones to verify and validate all your submitted documents.
  2. Upon submission of the required documents, go to the Postal ID capture station, where your photo, fingerprint data, and signature will be taken. You can choose among the available 260 capture stations located nationwide at different malls and post offices.
  3. Wait for the delivery of our Postal ID. If you live within Metro Manila, your Postal ID will be delivered around 10 to 15 working days from the date of your application. If you live in other major cities and municipalities, it will take around 20 working days. If you live in a remote barangay or island province, your ID will arrive after about 30 working days.

Is There a Rush Processing for a Postal ID?

Yes, there is. When you apply for a rush processing of a Philippine Postal ID, you can get it on the same day or the following day. The process is the same as the regular application, but you have to pay extra. 

Here are the offices and places that offer rush Postal ID applications:

  • Manila Central Post Office (Liwasang Bonifacio, Intramuros)
  • Robinsons Otis Central Post Office (2/F Lingkod Pinoy, Philpost Robinsons Otis, Paz M. Guanzon St., Paco, Manila)
  • Quezon City Central Post Office (NIA Rd., Brgy. Pinyahan, Diliman)
  • Makati Central Post Office (Gil Puyat cor. Ayala Avenue Malugay)
  • Parañaque Central Post Office (Ninoy Aquino Ave., Brgy. La Huerta)
  • Las Piñas Central Post Office (Las Piñas City Hall, Real cor. Pamplona St.) 
  • SM South Mall Post Office (Lower Ground Floor, Government Services Section, SM South Mall, Almanza, Las Piñas City)
  • Valenzuela Central Post Office (Valenzuela City Hall Complex, Maysan St.)
  • Taguig Central Post Office (Taguig City Hall, Gen. Luna St., Tuktukan, Taguig)
  • SM Aura – Government Service Express (7/F, SM Aura, Taguig City)
  • Q. Plaza Central Post Office (Q. Plaza Commercial Center, Felix Ave. cor. Marcos Highway, San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal)

Note that these offices are open for rush Postal ID applications from Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM.

How Much Is the New Postal ID Application Fee?

As of 2022, here’s the cost of applying for a Postal ID:

  • Postal ID + Delivery – PhP 450
  • Vat (12%) – PhP 54
  • Total = PhP 504

For rush applications, the processing fee costs PhP 650.

If you present your old Postal ID before it expires when you apply for a new one, you can get a discount based on the remaining months it is still valid:

  • 36 months – 25% discount
  • 24 to 35 months – 20% discount
  • 12 to 23 months – 10% discount

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Main photo from Philippine Postal ID Website

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