Having a valid ID is a must-have for those in the adulting world, but getting it can be a hassle. Some valid IDs require you to have another valid ID, while others take so long before you get them. *cough* National ID *cough.*
But worry not! There are some government IDs that are easier and faster to get. Here's a list of these valid IDs and some of their requirements to get you started.
The Postal ID is one of the fastest valid IDs you can get and it has the least requirements. All you need is a birth certificate and proof of your address.
An application costs P504 for first-time and renewal applications and you can expect your new ID within 15 working days. You can also go for rush processing, which costs P650, so you can get it in three to four working days.
- Two accomplished copies of the PID application form.
- One proof of identity: NSO Birth Certificate, GSIS or SSS UMID card, valid Driver's License, or Passport.
- One proof of address: Barangay Certificate of Residency issued within three months prior to application, bank statement, or utility bill.
An NBI Clearance is one of the primary requirements employers ask for before hiring. Conveniently, you can apply for one online through their website and schedule an appointment for the document, which costs P130 with an additional P25 if you pay using any e-payment service.
This document will be valid for six months to a year, so you'll have to apply for a renewal when it expires.
- Two valid government-issued IDs: UMID, passport, driver's license, original copy of birth certificate, postal ID, PhilHealth ID, or BIR ID.
You can get your NBI Clearance immediately after your appointment.
Another ID that you can get online is the Unified Multi-Purpose ID or UMID, the identification card for members of the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-IBIG), and PhilHealth. If you already have an SSS number and have paid at least a month of contributions, you can apply for a UMID.
- Accomplished UMID application form
- Any one of these primary IDs: Driver's License, Passport, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) card, or Seaman's Book
- In the absence of the primary documents, you can submit two of these secondary IDs/documents: Postal ID, School/Company ID, TIN card, Senior Citizen Card, ATM card with cardholder's name, credit card, Health or Medical card, NBI Clearance, marriage contract, and more.
The UMID is ready for issuance within 30 days after your application.
Getting a passport is actually easy. This ID has a 10-year validity period, too, unlike the first two IDs in this list that expire after a few years. Not to mention, passports are necessary if you want to travel abroad.
To start your passport application, you need to book an online appointment and fill up the application form.
- Confirmed online appointment
- Personal appearance
- Accomplished application form
- Original and photocopy of PSA authenticated birth certificate
- Any of the following acceptable IDs with one photocopy: SSS card, GSIS card, UMID, Driver's License, PRC ID, Voter's ID or Voter's Certificate issued from COMELEC main office, Postal ID, school ID (minors)
You can expect your passport to be released after 12 working days.
For residents and those working and studying in Quezon City, you can easily get a QCitizen ID.
To apply, visit the Quezon City government website and register with an email address and a mobile number. Then, fill in the online application form, add one valid ID, upload a photo that will appear on the ID, and add your signature.
- One valid ID: Barangay Certification, Driver's License, DSWD Certification, GSIS e-card, OFW ID, OWWA Id, passport, Postal ID, PRC ID, school ID, SSS ID, TIN ID, UMID, or Voter's ID.
After your application, wait for an email notification for its approval. You'll be instructed to download the QCitizen app where you'll be able to see your digital ID. A physical ID will also be available.
Manila Residence ID
Likewise, those who live in Manila can get a Resident's ID through the City of Manila website.
To register, you need to create an account at ecitizen.ph/register. Unfortunately, the application is only available for residents and does not include those living in Manila.