1. What is RA 11055?
Republic Act No. 11055 otherwise known as "Philippine Identification System Act" is an act establishing a single national identification system that aims to provide a valid proof of identity for Filipino citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines, signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 06 August 2018.
2. What is PhilSys?
The Philippine Identification System or PhilSys is the government’s central identification platform for all Filipino citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines.
3. What is PhilID?
The PhilID is a valid proof of identity that can be used to transact with the government and private sector. It is a non-transferable card issued upon successful registration to the PhilSys.
4. When is the registration?
PSA targets to start the registration for low-income household heads by fourth quarter this year and eventually opening the registration to the general public by 2021.
5. Where do I register?
PSA will establish both fixed and mobile registration centers in strategic locations to register the population to PhilSys. Currently, PSA is in coordination with LGUs, government agencies, and private sector to determine these locations. Further updates on the exact locations of registration centers will be released prior to the opening of PhilSys registration.
PhilID and Documentary Requirements
6. Will the PhilID replace other government IDs?
The PhilID will not replace the existing functional IDs that serve other purposes. The PhilID is a foundational ID which serves as a valid proof of identity which would help ease transactions with both government and private sector through easier validation and authentication of identity.
7. What are the requirements in applying for a PhilID?
The applicants are advised to present an original copy of one (1) of the following:
- PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth TOGETHER WITH one (1) government-issued identification document bearing full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumb mark
- Philippine Passport issued by the DFA
- Unified Multi-Purpose Identification* (UMID) Card issued by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS)
- Valid LTO-issued Student’s License Permit or Non-Professional/Professional Driver’s License
The full list of accepted documentary requirements can be found at the back of the PhilSys Registration Form. Applicants without documentation may be registered through the Introducer-Based Registration.
8. How long is the validity of the PhilID?
The PhilID of Filipinos has no expiration date while the PhilID issued to resident aliens is only valid for one (1) year.
9. How much is the PhilID?
The PhilID is free of charge for the initial issuance for Filipinos. Fee shall only apply for the replacement of the PhilID due to damage or loss. Holders of Certificate of Indigency are exempted from the said fee as long as they present their certificate.
Data Privacy and Security
10. How will the PSA ensure the data privacy and security of the information being uploaded in the PhilSys?
The PSA takes seriously the responsibility of ensuring the privacy, security, and integrity of registered persons’ data. Sufficient safeguards shall be in place to ensure information security, cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, including in compliance with the Data Privacy Act.
The PSA has been working closely with the National Privacy Commission (NPC), the DICT, and the National Security Council regarding the architecture and processes of the PhilSys, including to identify and mitigate privacy and cybersecurity risks.
The PhilSys design adopts Privacy by Design principles wherein privacy is incorporated into its technologies by default and from the start. For example, the PhilSys collects and stores minimal data and the PhilSys Number (PSN) is fully randomized, not revealing any information about the person such as their date of birth.
Further Information / Updates
11. Where can I get further information on PhilSys?
For further information on PhilSys, you may visit the official website of PSA and/or like and follow the official Facebook page of PhilSys: @PSAPhilSysOfficial.