My mom who works at Asian Development Bank received an e-mail from one of their departments that they will be assisting in the application for the new Postal ID Card. They opened the application for the PID last July for all employees, as well as their dependents and house help.
Here’s a portion of the e-mail that my mom received.
On 16 May 2016, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) launched the Improved Postal ID (PID) card. Unlike other Philippine identification documents, the PID is the easiest government issued ID to get. It is secure, convenient, and is accepted as an official identification document in Philippine banks, offices, and institutions. The Department of Foreign Affairs will also accept the PID as a supporting document for passport application.FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IMPROVED POSTAL ID
1. Why release the Improved Postal ID?
Most of the security features infused upon the Basic Postal ID, though effective, could only be deciphered with the help of special equipment, making it harder for front liners to differentiate the genuine from the fake. The improved Postal ID has additional physical security features that can be identified using just the naked eyes, making ID verification simpler and more reliable. Moreover, a biometrics-based uniqueness test was implemented to fully guarantee an individual’s identity.
2. How much is the Improved Postal ID?
Applicants will pay the following fixed fee anywhere in the country:
Fee Particulars Amount Postal ID Card + Delivery Fee ₱450.00 12% VAT ₱ 54.00 Total PID Payment ₱504.00
The Improved PID shall be valid for three (3) years for Filipinos and for foreign residents with Special Retiree’s Resident Visa (SRRV). For the rest of the foreign residents, it will be valid for one (1) year.
3. Why should I avail the Improved Postal ID?
Aside from assuring safe and reliable transactions, the additional security features position the ID as a primary card. Special value-added feature will also be put to the card very soon.
4. What will happen to my Basic but still valid Postal ID?
Your Basic ID will remain valid up to its date of expiration. Post offices will stop issuing it when the Improved Postal ID becomes available in their area. Old but valid Basic IDs may also be converted to the Improved Postal ID at a discounted price:
Basic PID Discount for Improved ID Price of PID Card Delivery Fee 12% VAT Total PID Card valid for the next 36 months 25% 307.5 40.00 41.70 389.20 PID Card valid for the next 24 to 35 months 20% 328 40.00 44.16 412.16 PID Card valid for the next 12 to 23 months 10% 369 40.00 49.08 458.08
Those with valid PhilPost ID, bring two (2) copies of duly-accomplished PID application form and your existing Postal ID to upgrade it to the Improved Postal ID during the day of data capture and pay the corresponding fee.
5. What are the main security features of the Improved Postal ID?
a. On-site digital capture of fingerprint, photo, signature, and personal details
b. Centralized ID printing and database to guarantee that the cards are authentic
c. An encrypted QR (‘quick response’) code printed on the card can verify the identity of ID holder using a downloadable smart-phone application
d. Overlaid with a hologram that can be viewed only at certain angles
e. Has ghost image and UV ink that illuminates in UV light
f. Applicant uniqueness check via the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). It compares the fingerprint collected with the fingerprint database records to ensure the applicant’s identity.
6. Who may apply for the Improved Postal ID?
All Filipinos living in the Philippines and living abroad but were in the Philippines at the time of application are eligible to get an Improved PID. Foreign residents living in the country for at least six (6) months may also apply.
7. What are the application requirements?
Bring the original copy and photocopy of the following documents:
I. Two (2) copies of duly- accomplished PID application form
II. PROOF OF IDENTITY – Submit any one (1) of the following:
Birth Certificate Issued by NSO or Local Civil Registry; GSIS or SSS UMID Card; Driver’s License; or Passport. Married female must bring their marriage certificate to validate change of name from birth document.
Applicants with no birth certificate, UMID Card, Driver’s License or Passport may submit ANY TWO (2) of the following documents, at least one of which should bear the applicant’s photo and signature:
BIR ID; Baptismal Certificate; Certificate of Birth from the National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP) for Filipinos belonging to indigenous people; Certificates of Birth from the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) for Muslim Filipinos; Certificates of Marriage from the NCIP for Filipino belonging to indigenous people; Certificates of Marriage from the NCMF for Muslim Filipinos; College or Post-Graduate Transcript of Records with readable dry seal; Confirmation Certificate; Elementary or High School Form 137 with readable dry seal for applicants who are 18 years old and below. Marriage Certificate in SECPA Issued by NSO for those male and female married applicants; Marriage Certificate issued by LCR for those male and female married applicants; Valid Alumni ID; Valid Basic Postal ID; Valid College, School or University ID; Valid Company ID; Valid Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID; Valid NBI Clearance bearing digitized photo; Valid OWWA ID; Valid Pag-Ibig ID; Valid PhilHealth ID; Valid PRC ID; Valid PRC ID; Valid Paper-based Postal ID; Valid Police Clearance with or without digitized photo; Valid Seaman’s Book; Valid Senior Citizen ID; Valid Tax Identification Number Card; Valid Voter’s ID.
III. PROOF OF ADDRESS – Submit any one (1) of the following:
Barangay Certificate of Residency issued within three (3 moths) prior to PID application; Certified True Copy of Lease; Certified True Copy of Titles Issued by the Land Registration Authority (LRA); Certified True Copy of Real Estate Tax Receipt; Bank statement; Credit card statement; School billing statement or Utility bill (cable, electric, internet, telephone, cell phone, water) under the name of the applicant and his/her home address appears.
Application requirements for foreign residents:
1. Two (2) copies of duly-accomplished application form
2. PROOF OF IDENTITY
a. Passport – must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to application
b. Any one (1) of the following documents relative to the stay in the Philippines valid for at least six (6) months prior to application
· Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACRI-Card)
· Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE)
· Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
· Diplomatic Visa e.g. 9(e)
· Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)
3. PROOF OF ADDRESS – Submit any one (1) of the following:
· Barangay Certificate of Residency – issued within three (3) months prior to PID application
· Certification or Statement of account from hotel, transient home, or any temporary residence within three (3) months prior to application
· Notarized, if applicable, of Land House or Condominium Lease Contract
· Bank statement
· Credit card statement
· School billing statement
· Utility bill (cable, electric, internet, telephone, cell phone, water) under the name of the applicant and his/her home address appears.
We had the scheduled picture taking last October 4. My family’s PID card has arrived last week. They were delivered together at my mom’s office. While mine, despite it being applied the same time, hasn’t arrived yet. My guess is that because it was addressed to our house. They said, it will be delivered in 10-15 days, but mine hasn’t arrived yet.
*I will update this post when I have news for regarding my PID.
Update 1 + November 1, 2016:
I sent a message to the New Postal ID Facebook account.
Update 2 + December 19, 2016:
Finally, my ID arrived yesterday.