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All About TIN ID in the Philippines

Published: March 24, 2021. Last updated: June 22, 2022

Written by: Sean Martin D. Plantado | Reviewed by: Rafael Hular

Key takeaways:

  • A TIN ID is a prerequisite of BIR before you can pay your taxes. You cannot print official receipts without a TIN ID.
  • If you are planning to work, practise a profession, or put up a business, you need a TIN ID.
  • When you have a TIN ID, your next goal is to fund your business.
  • A better choice that you can look into is to get a loan from Digido.

Your TIN ID is an ID from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Without a TIN ID, you will have no identification number. As such, you cannot pay your taxes, and you also cannot transact with the BIR. But how do you get one?

Today, we will show you the steps on how you can acquire your TIN ID. When you get one, you can start filing your income taxes, or just give your documents to an accountant and he or she will take care of filing your income tax return.

How can I get a TIN card?

If you already have a TIN or tax identification number, the only step you have to do to get a TIN ID card is to go to the BIR office where you were issued your TIN, and then apply for a card.

Here is how to get a TIN ID if you already have TIN number: make sure you have your tax identification number with you, which the BIR issued to you or your employer when you applied for TIN. Once you have filled up the form, you will be told when to come back for the ID. The issue with the TIN ID is that it is only a piece of cardboard. You have to attach your own 1×1 photo, and then sign the card. Pretty much, there really is no need to apply for a TIN ID card because it is already part of the entire process. If you do not have a TIN yet, then the first step is to apply for one. To do this, you need to go to the Regional District Office where you live or where your employer is registered.

It’s impossible to get a TIN ID online. There are many scammers out there who will sell you fake TIN IDs. Do not fall for these traps. If you ever see an offer for a TIN ID card application online, you have to validate it from the website of BIR itself.


  • How much does it cost to get a TIN ID?
    It is free to get a TIN ID.
  • How long does it take to get a TIN ID?
    You will usually receive it within an hour.
  • What happens if you forget your TIN number?
    You need to call the BIR on (02) 981-8888. You will need to give the BIR staff some personal information before they will give you your lost TIN.

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Is a TIN card a valid ID?

Yes, the TIN ID is a valid ID, and banks will sometimes ask you for this. However, some institutions do not want to accept it.


Because it can be easily faked. There are websites that tell you how to get a TIN ID card online, but these websites are fake. The only legitimate way you can get an ID from the BIR is by going there in person.

Also, we have mentioned earlier that the card is just cardboard. The ID for BIR is not like the ID of the Social Security System or the driver’s license. With SSS and the Land Transportation Office, they are the ones who will take your picture, and they are also the ones that will print the ID. Your photo is embedded on the ID.

For the validity of your card, just take note that some companies may accept it, while others may not. It is their prerogative to decide if they want to accept it or not.

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Let’s take a look at the most commonly asked questions, and we will also provide our answers.

Is it free to get a TIN?

Yes, it is free to get a TIN. It is also free to get a TIN ID card. If people are selling this to you, do not buy it. You should also not purchase offers of TIN ID card samples, as there is no such thing.

How to get TIN ID online?

There is no way on how to apply for a TIN ID online. What you can do is to download the BIR forms online, and then fill them out. The only way to get a TIN ID in the Philippines is by going to the BIR office and submitting your documents there.

How to get a TIN ID for new employees?

If you are a new employee, it is your employer who will process your TIN. One of the best ways to apply for a TIN ID in the Philippines is to let your employer take care of it. Typically, your employer will ask you to sign an application form. This application form is how to apply for a TIN ID card. If you already have a TIN, you most likely will no longer need a card. After signing the documents, you have to submit them to the employer, and he or she will take them to the BIR. The employer may or may not get your TIN card, but he or she will hand over important documents to you.

How to get a TIN ID for the unemployed?

If you are unemployed, you do not need to get a TIN. The tax identification number is only for people who have work – they need it to be able to transact and pay their taxes accordingly. There are no requirements for the unemployed.

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How to get a TIN ID card with existing TIN number?

If you already have the TIN, you need to go to the BIR office to get a card. It is important to note here that you must go to the office where you got your TIN number. To get the card, you must be able to present the requirements for a TIN ID card: bring a valid ID plus the documents of your TIN application that were stamped by the BIR.

How many days does it take to get a TIN ID?

The answer to this varies. It can take weeks or months as it depends on the workload of the RDO in your area.

How to replace lost TIN ID?

The process for replacement is the same. You need BIR requirements for TIN ID to be able to get a new one. However, you will also have to provide an affidavit of loss that has been duly notarized. This is to ensure that people are not getting fake cards.

Can I have two TIN numbers?

No, you cannot have two TIN numbers. Each individual can only have one.

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Why do I need a TIN ID?

So, why do you need a TIN ID? You need it if you are a taxpayer, or if you are required to pay taxes. As a taxpayer, your TIN ID shows how the BIR will register your payment to the right name inside their system.

Without a TIN ID, you will never be able to pay your taxes, much less get your income tax return documents. If you need your Income Tax Return documents, you have to present your TIN ID to the BIR personnel so they can process them properly.

Without a TIN ID, you also cannot open a business. All businesses, whether sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or solo professional, require a TIN ID. You have to pay your taxes as it is stated in the law.

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Written by: Sean Martin D. Plantado

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Sean Martin Plantado is the head of Customer Care Dept. and Online Sales Dept. of Digido Finance Corp. creating articles, blogs, and other learning mediums that helps Filipinos struggling on their financial literacy. Sean also loves Cycling, Photography, Cinematography, Online gaming, Fine Arts, and dreams of becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Reviewed by: Rafael Hular

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Rafael “Raffy” L. Hular 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.  Raffy loves reading Japanese comics called manga and watching Japanese animated cartoon series. He dreams of establishing his own Accounting and Auditing Firm and teaching in a University.