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Postal ID application in the Philippines

Last updated: November 21, 2023

Written by: Alyssa Divina | Reviewed by: Mark Anthony

Key takeaways:

  • The postal ID is a very versatile ID.
  • It is one of the easiest IDs to get here in the Philippines.
  • It does not require too many documents and you can have your ID in 15 working days.
  • It is widely accepted and can be used for government transactions, financial services and even discounts.

The Philippine postal ID is one of the easiest to get here in the country. Due to its relative ease and convenience, many Filipinos line up at post offices and government booths around the country to apply for one.

It is a widely-accepted secondary government ID which is helpful if you’re applying for other government documents, financial services and utilities. You can even get discounts from selected merchants using your postal ID!

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What is Postal ID in the Philippines

The postal identity card or postal ID is a form of identification here in the Philippines. It is issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost, or Philippine Post Office).

The postal ID is one of the most popular government IDs because it is easy to acquire and can be used to verify your identity. It is a commonly accepted requirement for other IDs and documents such as passport, driver’s license, NBI clearance, police clearance, etc.

Other uses for a postal ID include:

Financial services: opening a bank account or e-wallet account, applying for a loan, encashing a check, money remittance, etc.
Utilities: electric and water bills, applying for a mobile or internet plan
Applying for the Postal ID Privilege Program: through this program, you can avail of discounts, product or service upgrades, freebies and other deals from Philpost partner merchants.

What are the features of the improved postal ID?

✦ Your photo (with a ghost image)
✦ Your full name
✦ Your full address
✦ Your signature
✦ Postal ID number or PRN
Postal ID validity: the postal ID is valid for 3 years for Filipino residents and foreigners with Special Retiree’s Resident Visa (SRRV). For other foreigners, the postal ID is valid for 1 year.
Holographic image of a mailman for security

A postal ID is valid for three years if you are a Filipino citizen or foreign resident with SRRV. Otherwise, your postal ID is only valid for one year.

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Postal ID requirements

So how can you get a postal ID?

The first step of the postal ID application process is compiling all the required documents.

Here are the requirements for first-time applicants:

✦ Two copies of duly-accomplished postal ID application form
✦ Proof of identity: submit any 1 of the following:
✦ NSO-issued birth certificate
✦ GSIS or SSS UMID card
✦ Passport
✦ Driver’s license
✦ Proof of address
Barangay certificate of residency issued within three months prior to application
✦ Certified true copy of lease
✦ Certified true copy of titles issued by the Land Registration Authority
✦ Certified true copy of real estate tax receipt
✦ Bank statement
✦ Credit card statement
✦ School billing statement
✦ Utility bill

If you don’t have a birth certificate, passport, driver’s license or SSS/GSIS card, you can present any two of the following IDs provided that they bear your photo and signature:

✦ Baptism certificate
✦ Certificate of birth
✦ College or postgraduate transcript of records
✦ Confirmation certificate
✦ Form 137
✦ Marriage certificate
✦ School alumni ID
✦ Valid basic postal ID
✦ Valid school, college or university ID
✦ Valid company ID
✦ Valid IBP ID
✦ Valid NBI clearance
✦ Valid OWWA ID
✦ Valid Pagibig ID
✦ National health insurance  ID
✦ Valid paper-based Postal ID
✦ Police clearance
✦ Seaman’s book
✦ Senior citizen ID
✦ Voter’s ID


  • How much do I have to spend to get a Postal ID?
    The postal ID fee is ₱504 for first-time and renewal applications, and ₱650 for rush applications.
  • Where can I get a postal ID?
    You can get your postal ID from your local post office or government centers in selected malls.
  • How long is the waiting period for the delivery of my postal ID?
    The waiting time for a postal ID is 15 to 30 working days. However, you should expect some delays.
  • Can I track my postal ID application status?
    There are two ways to do this. First, go here and enter the 30-digit tracking number given to you. You can also reach the Philpost customer service at (02) 8288-7678 or
  • What is the validity period of the Postal ID?
    Your postal ID is valid for three years if you’re a Filipino citizen or foreign resident with SRRV, and one year if you’re a foreigner.
  • Can I get discounts with my Postal ID?
    Yes! Through the Postal ID Privilege Program, you can enjoy discounts and rewards from Philpost’s partner merchants! Just present your postal ID to avail.

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If you are a foreign resident, here are the documents you need to submit:

1. Two copies of duly-accomplished application form

2.  Proof of identity
✦ Passport with six months validity prior to application
✦ Any 1 of the following documents with six months validity prior to application
✦ ACR ID card
✦ Long stay visitor visa extension
✦ Temporary resident visa
✦ Diplomatic visa
✦ Special resident retiree’s visa

3. Proof of address
✦ Barangay certificate of residency issued within 6 months prior to application
✦ Certificate or statement of account from your hotel, transient home or any temporary accommodation within 3 months prior to application
✦ If applicable, notarized land, house or condominium lease contract
✦ credit card statement
✦ School billing statement
✦ utility bill

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How to apply for a Postal ID online

How to get postal ID? Through your local post office!

Unfortunately, you cannot apply for a postal ID online. Postal ID online registration is not yet available.

However, you can download the application form and fill it out before going to your local post office. Download the form here 

To apply for a postal ID, you must first gather the required documents and fill out the application form. Then, go to your local post office and submit your application. Pay the application fee.

Afterwards, your name will be called for the biometrics and ID photo capture. You will be directed to a small booth where your photo, signature and fingerprints will be taken.

Review and confirm your information, and you’re done!

The waiting time for the release of your postal ID will depend if you opted for a regular or rush delivery. This can take from 15 to 30 working days. However, you should expect some delays especially if you’re from the province.

Postal ID renewal

To have your expired postal ID renewed, you need to submit the following documents.

For renewal/replacement without any changes in biographic information:

1. Two copies of duly-accomplished application form
2. Original and photocopy of Basic or Improved Postal ID

For renewal/replacement due to changes in biographic information:

1. Two copies of accomplished application form
2. Original and photocopy of Basic or Improved Postal ID
3. Additional documents that support change in biographic data

Requirements due to loss or theft:

1. Two copies of accomplished application form
2. Notarized affidavit of loss

Unfortunately, you can’t process your postal ID renewal online. You still have to go to your local post office for the renewal.

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Is Postal ID a valid ID?

Yes, your postal ID is a valid secondary ID. You can use it for government purposes, financial services, utilities and discounts. However, when dealing with banks and lending companies, you will be asked to present a primary ID like a driver’s license or passport.

Unfortunately, Digido does not accept a Postal ID as primary ID when applying for a personal loan. You can present the following IDs instead:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • SSS ID
  • TIN ID
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Written by: Alyssa Divina

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Alyssa Divina pens blog articles about a wide range of topics, such as money matters and government transactions in the Philippines. Prior to joining Digido Finance Corp., she served as a journalist for Charlton Media Group, a business news magazine, for two years. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Reviewed by: Mark Anthony

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Mark Anthony is, the Finance and Accounting Manager. of Digido Finance Corp., monitoring and controlling the flow of cash that comes in and out of the company to meet the company’s business needs, preparing the financial reports and analysis of income and expenses, and monitoring tax compliance.