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:
- Fill up the application form. You can download the form here.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 CITY
- Cebu Capitol
- Camp Sergio
- Cebu City Hall
- Gaisano Country Mall
- 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.
- MANDAUE CITY
- Mandaue City Hall
- Park Mall
- LAPU-LAPU CITY
- Mactan Airport
- Sta Rosa (Olango Is)
- CEBU CITY
- 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).
- 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.