PHLPost rolls out new postal ID nationwide
PHLPost Press Release
The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has announced that selected post offices have been deployed nationwide to digitally process applications for the new and modernized postal ID card.
A total of 260 centrally located post offices are being equipped for the digital capture of fingerprints, photos and signatures of ID applicants to ensure the issuance of highly secure and genuine postal IDs. According to PHLPost Business Lines Manager Eric Tagle, the government’s postal service will deploy 43 capture stations in Metro Manila, 143 in the rest of Luzon, 41 in Visayas and 33 in Mindanao. Locations of the capture stations are available in www.philpost.gov.ph. The postal ID is among a few government-issued IDs recognized by key institutions as a valid proof of identity and address.
The new IDs do not have to be picked up, Tagle added, as PHLPost will deliver them to the applicants’ addresses. The new postal ID costs P370 plus 12% VAT anywhere in the country. He reminded applicants to bring original and photocopies of two required documents, namely: (1) birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office or the local civil registrar; and (2) proof of address, which can be a barangay clearance or a utility bill showing the applicant’s name and address. Additionally, married females must show their marriage certificate to validate their change of name, while minors need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Postal ID application forms are available in post offices and can also be downloaded from the PHLPost website.
“Postal IDs are helpful for many Filipinos who have a hard time getting transactions doneâwhether in applying for a job, loan or passport or encashing a checkâbecause they lack a valid proof of identity and address,” Tagle noted. He said that an ID is also required before boarding a boat or an aircraft.
“The postal ID has become popular because applicants do not need to have a special skill, qualification or employment, unlike the requirements for obtaining a driverâs license, PRC license, SSS or GSIS card,” he explained. “Even among those who are employed, it makes sense to own a postal ID because of the requirement to show more than one valid government ID for important transactions.”