Nearly three years after Republic Act (RA) No. 11055 also known as the Philippine Identification System Act, was signed into law, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has launched the online registration portal for the country’s national ID.
The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) aims to “eliminate the need to present other forms of identification when transacting with the government and the private sector, subject to appropriate measure based on a biometric identification system” as a “central identification platform” for Filipinos and non-Filipinos residing in the country.
Personal information collected by PhilSys will be similar to what already exists in the databases of other government agencies such as the Commission on Elections (ComElec) and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
However, as of writing, the registration website is not accessible due to technical issues. The PSA has apologized for the inconvenience and has asked the public to check for updates via their Facebook page: fb.com/PSAPhilSysOfficial.
Registration into PhilSys is free, voluntary, and consists of three major steps. Completing the process will grant the applicant a PhilID (physical card) and a PhilSys number (PSN), or 12 digit identification number unique to every individual.
Step 1 Visit the PhilSys website at www.register.philsys.gov.ph and fill out the necessary information. Select an appointment date at the nearest registration center.
PSA has partnered with local government units (LGUs) as well as Robinsons Malls for registration sites.
For in-person appointments applicants must strictly follow public health measures and bring their transaction number, filled-out application form, and original copy of any listed primary or secondary document (a list of approved documents can be found at https://www.neda.gov.ph/philsys/).
Step 2 Attend the scheduled appointment, submit the necessary documents and have biometric data captured (fingerprint, iris scan, and photograph).
Step 3 Simply wait for your PhilID and PSN to be delivered to your address.
Due to the personal nature of the information found on the PhilID, the PSA advises individuals to refrain from posting pictures of their card on social media.