National ID System

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, August 6, signed into law the bill that will establish a national ID system in the Philippines.

All Filipino citizens and aliens are required to register in the PhilSys. Individuals born after the law takes effect shall be registered upon birth immediately.

Each registered person in the Philippines will be given a PhilSys Number (PSN) a randomly generated, unique, and permanent identification number.

A physical identification card will also be issued which will serve as “official government-issued identification document” that can be used in several transactions that require proof of identification.

How to use the phiID or PSN

The PhilID or PSN can be used when dealing with national government agencies, local government units, government-owned or controlled corporations, government financial institutions, and the private sector.

The bill lays out specific transactions that the ID can be used for:

  • Applying for social welfare and benefits
  • Applying for services offered by the GSIS, SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig, and other government agencies
  • Applying for passport and driver’s licenses
  • Tax-related transactions
  • Registration and voting identification purposes
  • Applying for schools, colleges, universities, and other learning institutions
  • Applying for employment and other related transactions
  • Opening bank accounts and other transactions with banks and financial institutions
  • Verifying criminal records and clearances
  • Other transactions defined in the implementing rules and regulations (IRR)





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