How to apply national ID online: PhilSys registration guide, updates

MANILA, Philippines – Online application for the national ID started on Friday, April 30, with the goal to register 70 million Filipinos to Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) by the end of 2021.

How to apply national ID online

It is under Republic Act No. 11055 otherwise known as “Philippine Identification System Act”, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 6, 2018, to establish a single national identification system that aims to provide a valid proof of identity for Filipino citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines.

As of March 23, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said a total of 25.7 million Filipinos already registered through house-to-house collection of the demographic information since its rollout in October 2020.

The PSA developed an online system that will allow the registrants to undergo registration and set an appointment using an online portal.

Unfortunately, the PSA encountered downtime on the pilot launch of the PhilSys online registration website.

"We received more than 40,000 registration requests during the first minutes of the pilot launch. This caused delays in the sending of the one time passwords (OTPs) necessary to proceed with the registration," said Dennis Mapa, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Undersecretary.

The agency is currently looking into the issue and said to release update once the technical challenge was resolved.

Meanwhile, here's 3-step registration process for national ID:

STEP 1: Submission of demographic data and set schedule of appointment for the Step 2. This can be done online through the Philsys web portal at

The system will collect the following information: name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, address and optional information like marital status, mobile number and email address.

STEP 2: Validation of demographic data and capture of biometric information (fingerprint, iris scan and front-facing photograph) at the registration center. Average time is 15 minutes.

NOTE: Don't forget your transaction number and supporting documents! Check out list of supporting documents below.

STEP 3: Issuance of PhilSys Number or PSN and PhilID

NOTE: PSA partnered with PHLPost to deliver your PhilID to your home address. Once received, DON'T share or post your PhilID on social media as it contains sensitive information.

How to apply national ID online

About PSN and PhilID

The PhilSys Number (PSN) is a unique and randomly-generated 12-digit permanent identification number that is assigned to every citizen or resident alien upon successful registration to PhilSys.

The PhilID refers to the physical ID card that serves as a valid proof of identity that can be used to transact with the government and the private sector. The card is non-transferable and is issued upon successful registration to the PhilSys. It is free of charge.

The PhilID will not replace the existing functional IDs that serve other purposes.

For Filipino citizens, the PhilID has no expiration and will only be renewed upon updating of demographic information and biometric information. For resident aliens the PhilID is valid for only one (1) year and may be renewed annually.

What are the requirements/documents needed for the national ID registration?

The registrant is required to bring the original copy of any of the following primary documents:

1. PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth AND one (1) government-issued identification document which bears full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumb mark.

2. Philippine Passport or ePassport issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA);

3. GSIS or SSS-issued Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card (UMID);

4. Land Transportation Office (LTO)-issued Student’s License Permit or Non-Professional/Professional Driver’s License

If the registrant does not have any of the above-mentioned documents, he/she may bring original copy of any of the following secondary documents:
  • PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth/NSO-issued Certificate of Live Birth with Birth Reference Number (BreN)
  • LCRO-issued Certificate of Live Birth
  • PSA-issued Report of Birth
  • PSA-issued Certificate of Foundling
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Identification Card
  • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • SSS ID
  • Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ID
  • License to Own or Possess Firearms (LTOPF) ID
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance/ID
  • Solo Parent’s ID
  • PWD ID
  • Voter’s ID
  • Postal ID
  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) ID
  • Philhealth ID
  • Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA)-issued Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)
  • National ID from other countries
  • Residence ID from other countries

The following identification documents shall be accepted as secondary supporting documents provided that they have a front-facing photograph, signature/thumbmark, full name, permanent address, and date of birth.
  • Employee ID
  • School ID
  • Barangay Clearance/Certificate
  • Barangay ID
  • City/Municipal ID

Is registration for national ID mandatory?

As stated in the law, national ID registration is not mandatory. However, since the PhilSys will be used for the issuance and provision of government services, it is strongly recommended for citizens to register.

What is the minimim age for national ID registration?

Registration to Philsys is open to all ages, even to newborn children.

For children below five (5) years old, only the demographic information and front-facing photograph will be collected and their PSN will be linked to their parent or legal guardian. Their demographic data and complete biometric information will still be captured at the time of registration but they will have to update and have their biometrics recaptured once they reach the age of fifteen (15).

How can OFWs register for national ID?

The PSA, in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), said to develop a registration strategy within 2021 for the registration of our Overseas Filipinos. The PSA targets to start the rollout of the registration for our OFWs within 2022.

Do you have other questions?

Hotline: 1388 (fees may apply)

You may also leave a comment below for any clarification.

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  2. Para maging successful
    Dapat may application number
    ibinigay to set an appointment

    may tanong lang po
    1) anong ZIPCODE ang ginamit po ninyo?

    Answer: automatic ito

    2) kelan po kayo nag register online, umaga o madaling araw ba?

    Answer: 7am today May2

    3) anong exact date po kayo na online register? Saan?

    Answer: May2 sa Cebu

    eto na ang dahilan:
    Demographic assignment

    4) ano pong version yung ginamit po nyo?

    Answer: n/a

    pero hindi successful

    is it for Version: 1.0 only?

    is there another Version?

    or the queuing of appointments
    (Successful online registration today may2 7am at demographic Cebu is scheduled for "tentative physical" starts on may7 awaiting list from future website inquiry

    just like the previous RFID problems ....
    OR difficulties with
    i. hardware capacity or
    ii. assigning/sorting demographic
    of online entries to physical
    registration sites without
    returned error (in millions)
    and additional labor intensive
    manual amends like house-to-house
    iii. assigning Application number (hashing....256)

    Side comments

    Every Model of a System is wrong but can be useful... quoted

    useful for what (extent)?
    Is it for the sake of going live? for a certain period or duration of being live, until noise (errors) interference accumulated into an unmanageable volume (in millions) that challange the hardware capacity of the system and its developer

    Use for what (extent)? Throlling?
    To the extent of making other people to be edgy and make an unnecessary comments (negative)
    like the FEATURE:
    1) currently updating system
    2) automatic errors for metro manila online registrants, unlike in easy places of Cebu at 7am today may2

  3. How about maam and sir halimbawa nag pa regestered na ako sa isang ciyy ngunit umuwe ako sa province namin pwedi po ba mag apply ulit ? At ang gagamitin kona address ay yung sa province ko ngayun

  4. Hi ma'am/ sir, pwed po ba mgpagawa ako national I'd thru online at mgkano po ang bayad? Pls help me po...salamat ng marami & God bless po.

  5. sana maayos muna ung website before kayo nagparegister online.

  6. Bkt ang hirap mag online reg po

  7. Pno po namin malalaman if successful yung process ng registration nmin ,kung nklgy po sa appointment pending po,Kpg po b un ang nakalagay uulit po ba kmi ng pagregister

  8. puro error code po sana nga ayusin muna website bago sabihin sa mga tao na may online reg.Lagi sa mga Govt offices ganyan ang online services nila

  9. How does Philsys guarantee that the information that will be given shall not be hacked or used by people that have access on illegal activities? Will the information given be linked to any financial institution (i.e., banks, companies) that will trace the financial record of the applicant?

  10. Your website is useless. Error! Bulok na system.

  11. As of this day, July 15 2021, I can't register online.

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