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If you don’t have any government-issued ID, the easiest to obtain is probably the Postal ID. After the Philippine Post Office incorporated security features (including a QR code) into the card, supported by a centralized database containing each individual’s fingerprints, photo, signature, and personal details, the new Postal ID is now accepted as proof of identification by institutions such as banks and government offices. Last February 2015, it was reported that the postal ID can be used as one of the supporting documents for obtaining a passport and this was reiterated by the DFA in a photo advisory posted on their official Facebook page last November 2, 2016.

(For more information on securing a passport, see Passport Application/Renewal at DFA Cebu: What You Need To Know.)

Here’s how to apply for the new postal ID in Cebu:

  1. Fill up the application form. You can download the form here.
  2. Prepare the requirements:
    • Birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or the Local Civil Registrar (LCR)
    • Proof of address: either a barangay clearance or a utility bill
    • Note:
      • A marriage certificate is also required for married females in order to validate their change of name from the name in their birth certificate.
      • Bring the original and one photocopy of all requirements.
  3. Submit the application form and requirements and have your data “captured” at any of the capture sites designated by the Philippine Post Office. A complete list of sites can be found here. In Cebu, the capture sites are:
      • Cebu Capitol
      • Camp Sergio
      • Cebu City Hall
      • Gaisano Country Mall
      • GSIS
      • Pardo
      • UC
      • UV
      • SM Cebu – Update 5/14/2015: It’s been reported that the SM Government Services Center does not accept postal ID applications. I’ll verify the next time I’m there. In the meantime, the safest bet is the PhilPost branch in Plaza Independencia.
      • SWU
      • Talamban
      • Mandaue City Hall
      • Park Mall
      • GSIS
      • Liloan
      • Consolacion
      • Mactan Airport
      • Sta Rosa (Olango Is)
      • Cordova
        The Government Service Express Office in SM City Cebu (across Prime Care) is one of the designated capture sites for postal ID applications.
        The Government Service Express Office in SM City Cebu (across Prime Care) is one of the designated capture sites for postal ID applications.
        This machine stands at the entrance and dispenses tickets for each government service counter.

        There were only a few people in the SM Government Service Center on a Saturday.
  4. Pay the fee of PHP 414.44 — this includes the ID fee (PHP 330), the delivery fee (PHP 40), and the 12% VAT (PHP 44.44).
  5. Wait for your ID to be delivered within the following estimated time periods after your date of application:
    • Metro Manila – 5 working days
    • Other major cities and municipalities – 7 working days
    • Island provinces and remote barangays – 15 working days

This is all I know for now. 🙂 I will try to get a postal ID soon and let you all know how things turn out.

Sources: PhlPost |



How to Get the New Postal ID in Cebu” was created by LSS for travel site Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved. 

8 Responses

  1. Hi there!! I’d how things turned out with you getting a postal id. I went to SM city cebu last week and when i was at the Philpost counter in the SM government services center they told that they don’t accept application, and that i have to go to the PhilPost near Plaza Independencia. How did you get yours?

    1. Hi Mon. That’s strange. They’re listed in PhilPost’s list of ID capturing sites, and when I went there a few months ago to inquire if they would accept credit card bills instead of utility bills as proof of residence for the ID, the lady didn’t say they don’t accept postal ID applications. (I haven’t applied for the ID yet because I don’t have proof of residence and haven’t gotten around to securing a barangay clearance.) Anyway, I’ll check the next time in SM. Sorry you weren’t able to apply there! I’ll update the post.

    1. Hi. I went ahead and checked the PhilPost website for you but they don’t mention rush processing. I don’t think they offer it (unless there have been recent changes that they haven’t put up online).