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A Complete Guide On How To Start Applying For Valid IDs—PART 1

This is a guide on how to fill up your wallet with important identification which you’d probably use to prove that you’re a bonafide citizen of the Philippines, to open up a bank account, and to save enough time securing government-related paper works in the near future.

Start with the Cedula, Barangay Clearance, and your own Birth Certificate, and then move on to the PHLPost Postal ID, NBI Clearance, TIN (Tax Identification Number) ID, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF/Pag-IBIG), the UMID (Unified Multi-Purpose ID), and, if you’re really smart and passed a board exam or two, a PRC (Philippine Regulatory Commission) ID.

STEP 1: COMMUNITY TAX CERTIFICATE

TYPE: Supporting Document

GOVERNMENT UNIT: Barangay Hall or City Hall

VALIDITY: Until end of Fiscal Year

TOTAL COST: PHP 6 to PHP 500

TOTAL TIME: Depending upon length of cue

The Community Tax Certificate, also known as the CEDULA, can be obtained via your local Barangay or City Hall.

The cost of a Cedula is your annual gross income, divided by 1,000.

If you are unemployed, by law, you should only be charged PHP 6 (PHP 5 basic tax + PHP 1 unemployed status tax).

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STEP 2: BARANGAY CLEARANCE

TYPE: Supporting Document

GOVERNMENT UNIT: Barangay Hall

VALIDITY: 3-6 months

TOTAL COST: Varies; depending upon your local Barangay unit (some give them for free and some would charge in excess of PHP 100)

TOTAL TIME: Varies; 1-2 hours to 1 week

The Barangay Clearance is a very common requirement for a lot of establishments, processes, and even for local employment.

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STEP 3: PSA-ISSUED BIRTH CERTIFICATE

TYPE: Supporting Document

GOVERNMENT UNIT: Philippine Statistics Authority

VALIDITY: Lifetime

TOTAL COST: PHP 330 per copy

TOTAL TIME: 7-10 business days

The Philippine Statistics Authority, or PSA, was formerly known as the National Statistics Office (NSO), and it is the only government agency authorized to distribute original, machine-certified copies of your Birth Certificate, Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR), Marriage License/Certificate, and lastly, the Death Certificate.

To order, just dial (02) 737-1111 and follow the prompts. You may need to pay via Metrobank or Bayad Center, then to wait for the delivery of your certificate/s and or document/s.

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STEP 4: PHLPOST POSTAL ID

TYPE: Primary/Secondary ID

GOVERNMENT UNIT: City Central Post Office

VALIDITY: 3 years

TOTAL COST: PHP 504

TOTAL TIME: 7-10 business days

The Postal ID is one of the most basic forms of identification. Legally, the Postal ID should be accepted in any and all establishments as a valid ID.

To apply for one, you would need the following:

  1. Proof of Identity (PSA Birth Cert. / Valid Passport / Driver’s License)
  2. Proof of Address (Brgy. Clearance / Utility Bill in your name)
  3. A fully-filled PHLPost Postal ID Application Form

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STEP 5: NBI CLEARANCE

TYPE: Secondary ID / Support Document

GOVERNMENT UNIT: National Bureau of Investigation

VALIDITY: 6 months to 1 year

TOTAL COST: PHP 130

TOTAL TIME: Same day process or up to 1 week

The National Bureau of Investigation’s NBI Clearance is a way for employers to know that legally, you are not a criminal and a liability to the company. It is also a way of clearing yourself for international travel.

Take a copy of your Birth Certificate, Barangay Clearance, and your Postal ID, and head to the NBI HQ at the corner of Taft and UN Avenue to apply for an NBI Clearance.

  1. The actual cost is PHP 130. However, if paying online, or through a Bayad Center, it may cost you a bit more.
  2. It could take as long as week, if your name has a hit.

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STEP 6: TAX IDENTIFICATION ID (TIN)

TYPE: Secondary ID

GOVERNMENT UNIT: Bureau of Internal Revenue

VALIDITY: Lifetime

TOTAL COST: Free (for the first ID)

TOTAL TIME: 1-2 hours (may take 2-3 days)

The Tax Identification Number (TIN) is one of the very first numbers you should get before you even get a job.

Assuming you’re already of legal age (18+), you could apply for a TIN at the nearest BIR branch. No valid IDs are needed. Just bring a 1×1 picture and a copy of your Birth Certificate.

Some branches issue numbers and IDs on the same day, but most other branches would ask you to come back another day for the ID.

Occasionally, your FIRST employer would do this all for you. However, if self-employed, you may have to do everything above.

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For the second set of VALID IDs, kindly follow this link.

Please dedicate a couple months or so of your life in waiting time, both in queues, and in actual waiting at home for the delivery guys to arrive.

This guide has been originally posted in Crap About Filipinos page so keep tabs on them to be able to see any and all updates to the post and for additional information.

The said page is NOT affiliated in any way, shape, or form to the Philippine Government, its NGOs, and any and all government and/or state subsidiaries. Kindly refer to the respective government body/ies for clarifications, etc.

SOURCE: Crap About Filipinos

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