The Philippine Postal ID is an essential ID to Filipino citizens needing a government issued ID card. An ID card is important because it is a document which can be presented to prove a person’s identity. It bears the name, the picture, and issuing agency or company of the card. Philippine Postal ID are issued in a compact, standard size (credit card size), which can fit perfectly inside our wallet and can be used for transactions requiring IDs. How to get a postal ID? Its easy. But first, we must discuss why you need to get one. Postal ID is a government ID. Government IDs are champion as compared to its private ID counterparts. Since government ID are always acceptable anywhere for proving your identity, getting this ID is critical and important since as long as you are a Filipino, or even a foreigner residing in the Philippines at least 6 months. Unlike other ID card requests, there is no need to take an exam to get one (ex. PRC ID), nor does the requester need to have special qualification or skill (ex. Drivers license holders). The simpler requirements make the postal ID our most accessible government ID card. With proper submission of required documents, and photo and signature capture, one can get the postal ID very quickly.
Uses of Postal ID includes easy transacting to PhlPost when you send mails. PhlPost also have services you may avail and make use of the card as the primary ID for doing business with PhlPost. Other PhlPost services include: Collect-on-Delivery Service (COD), Fax Mail Service, Business Reply Envelopes/Cards (BRE/BRC), Address Check Service, General Delivery Service, Proof of delivery (POD), and International Reply Coupon. The Postal ID also can be used as a supporting document or proof of identity when applying for another government ID, when getting NBA clearance, when opening an SSS membership, or other transactions requiring valid IDs. Majority of transactions in finance like banking, buying property, and money remittance claiming needs at least 1 valid ID. A postal ID is best choice, since it is easy to obtain. PhlPost also works on providing Postal ID cards with value-added services with the card.
Old Postal ID Processing
The Philippine Postal Corporation or “Korporasyong Koreo ng Pilipinas” (PhlPost) issues Postal ID. Being a government-owned and controlled corporation, the Postal ID it releases is a government issued ID. PhlPost is responsible for providing postal or mail services in the Philippines. For the past 251 years, the Philippine Postal Corporation has maintained its commitment to Filipinos with its 1,355 post offices in the Philippines. The Philippine Postal Corporation is under the executive jurisdiction of the Office of the President. Curious how many Postal IDs are already issued by PhlPost? It was more than 1 million postal IDs issued in year 2014.
Before, the old Postal ID usage on some institutions ex. banking, is not accepted or readily honoured. It is a result of low security feature of the old Postal ID which means only few institutions trust its authenticity because it can be easily forged. The old Postal ID is made of manually laminated card, with non-embedded passport-sized photo glued into the card. The cost back in 2014 is Php 400 pesos when obtained from Central post office. Application is the same as now, in which the ID requester will need go to any PhlPost office provided in the list below.
New Improved Postal ID
The PhlPost Improved Postal ID provides new physical security features. The security features can be used to identify forged and fake postal ID by simply looking at the card. This is an improvement versus the Postal old ID, hence making ID verification simpler and accurate. Other notable detailed features include: PhlPost office-only data capture for fingerprints, photo, signature and personal details ensures centralized ID printing and main database backup to guarantee that the cards are authentic, a QR or quick response code printed on the card, hologram overlaid mark with specific angle for readability, a ghost image, UV ink, and PhlPost ID holder checker that ensures uniqueness of each IDs issued (Automated Fingerprint Identification System).
How to Get Improved Postal ID Card
Since December 2015, the migration from laminated card-type to biographic/biometrics-based postal identification card. Postal ID Card plus delivery fee cost Php 450. Prepare to shell out for the 12% VAT at Php 54.00, hence the total cost of Postal ID is Php 504 with delivery.
Here are the steps:
1. Download the Application for PhlPost Postal ID Card here.
2. Accomplish in 2 copies, then prepare for these other requirements: at least 1 proof of identity and at least 1 proof of address.
a. Proof of identity can be any of the following: birth certificate issued by PSA or NSO or local civil registrar, GSIS, SSS UMID card, driver’s license, or passport. If the proof of identity stated previously is unavailable, at least one of the following as long as it has requester photo and signature can be accepted: TIN ID, unexpired senior citizen ID, voter’s ID, certificate of baptismal, college or post-graduate TOR (transcript of records), primary or secondary school form-137, current school ID, unexpired Pag-Ibig (HDMF) ID, unexpired company ID, unexpired NBI clearance, unexpired OWWA ID, unexpired PhilHealth ID, unexpired PRC ID, unexpired police clearance, certificate of marriage, unexpired alumni ID, unexpired basic Postal ID, unexpired IBP (Integrated Bar of the Philippines) ID, and unexpired seaman’s book.
b. Proof of address can be any of the following: barangay certificate of residency (within 3 months months from issuance), Land Registration Authority certified true copy of titles, certified true copy of real estate tax receipt, credit card statement, certified true copy of contract of lease, bank statement, school fees statement or any cable, electric, internet, landline, telephone, or water bill.
3. Check the List of Postal ID capturing sites from the document below from PhlPost. Download the list of postal ID capturing offices on the included link.