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SIM CARD Registration

Last updated: March 12, 2024
Written by: Digido Financial Writers Team | Reviewed by: Anna Kireeva

Key takeaways:

  • All SIM cards must now be registered
  • People who falsify data can go to jail or fined, or both
  • The SIM card registration act Philippines is there to protect people from fraud and crime

The SIM card registration act (1) is now in effect, and people who use a SIM card on their mobile devices should now register. This is the law, and the National Telecommunications (NTC) declared last December 12 through a publication of the IRR which came into effect on December 27, 2022.

Today, we will discuss in detail the SIM card registration bill. In the end, you should know how to proceed with your SIM card registration.

What is the SIM card registration bill Philippines?

The bill is a law that requires the registration of all SIM cards in the Philippines. If not, the SIM will be deactivated. In this law, all SIM cards, including prepaid ones, should be registered.

The law is enacted to protect consumers from text scams, spam, and fraud. Lately, a lot of criminals have used mobile communications to commit crimes. They used prepaid SIMs that allowed them to commit crimes without the fear of being identified

In this law, telecommunications companies can no longer sell SIM cards that are automatically activated. All SIM cards will be in a deactivated state and will only be activated once the SIM is registered.

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Process for SIM Card Registration in the Philippines

Once the law is in effect, all new SIM cards will be in the deactivated mode. Once you buy a prepaid SIM, it will only get activated after your registration has been validated. The deactivated SIMs will be in effect on December 27, 2022.

How to register sim card in the Philippines

To activate your SIM, you must go to the website of the telecommunications provider, like Globe, and fill out the information required. Below are the rules on how to register SIM cards in the Philippines.

Where do I register my SIM?

Here are the links for SIM card registration:

For New Users

During the SIM registration, you must provide the following information:

  • Your full legal name
  • Your birthday
  • Your sex
  • Your home address
  • Your ID

You must upload a scanned copy or photo of your ID. The government must issue the ID.

What if I purchase a new SIM? Will it expire?

If you purchased AFTER December 27, 2022, you must register it immediately. If not, the SIM has an expiration date. All SIMs have a shelf life now.

Here are the IDS you can use for prepaid SIM registration Philippines:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • SSS or GSIS ID
  • Voter’s ID
  • PRC ID
  • NBI or Police Clearance
  • License to Own a Firearm
  • BIR or TAX ID
  • Senior Citizen’s card
  • PWD Card

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Not all people use IDs, as some who use SIM cards are not individuals but companies. In this case, you must submit business documents, such as:

  • The business permit
  • Income Tax Return
  • Signatory of the authorized person using the SIM card

For Existing Users

If you already have an active SIM using your phone, you must still register it. You must also go to the same link where you must register and do it within 180 days from October 28, 2022. The registration can be extended to up to 120 days.

If you fail to comply with this law, your active SIM will be deactivated. If this happens, you can still request activation, but you can only do this within five days from the date your SIM was deactivated. If you fail to comply, your SIM card will permanently deactivate. There is no way to re-activate that anymore. Your only course of action is to buy a new one. If you let this happen, you may have some problems, especially if your SIM card is tied up with your bank accounts or other financial institutions.

For Minors

If you are a minor, which means you are below 18 years old, your SIM must be registered in the name of your parent or guardian. Even if you are a minor, you must still upload your photo and ID, along with the guardian’s consent.

For Foreigners

If you are a tourist visiting the country and you want to buy a SIM, you must upload the following information:

  • Your full name and nationality
  • Your date of birth
  • Passport
  • The address where you stay in the Philippines

The system may also ask you for your plane or flight documents. Without these, you will not be able to register your SIM. If you want, you can just ask someone you know to register the SIM for you.

The activated SIM card for foreigners will only be active for 30 days. Once the SIM expires, you can no longer use it. You can only ask for an activation extension if you present evidence that your stay has been extended.

For businesses or organizations

For business organizations, the process is the same, but you need to put a name of an authorized representative. You also need proof of your business registration.

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For postpaid subscribers

Postpaid subscribers do not need to worry because telecommunications companies already have your data. The only thing you need to do is verify your information on the same link or website.

For people living in remote areas

If you live in a remote area, the government has groups that will come to you to help you register your SIM.

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What Somebody Steals My SIM?

If your phone or SIM was stolen, you must report it immediately to the telecommunications provider. They will permanently deactivate the SIM. They will issue you a new SIM within 24 hours if you can verify your identity.

Changes in Data

You must inform your telco if you have to change your address or name because you got married. They must change the data about you within two hours.

Penalties for violating the Law

If you do not comply with this law, you should expect to be penalized. Below is a quick rundown of the penalties:

  • Providing false information – imprisonment from six months to two years;
    fine of not less than ₱100,00, but not more than ₱300,000.
  • Sale of SIM without registration – same penalty as the previous one
  • Spoofing a registered SIM – imprisonment of at least six years; fine of not less than ₱200,00

If the telco is the one that refuses to register a SIM, the first offense will merit a fine of ₱100,000 but not more than ₱300,000. If they commit the same offense for the second time, they can be fined up to half a million pesos.

Those who sell stolen SIM cards will be imprisoned for at least six months to two years. They may also be fined not less than ₱100,000 but not more than ₱300,000.

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  • What is the deadline for registration of SIM cards?
    The deadline is 180 days from October 28, 2022, or six months from that date. All existing SIM cards must be registered by April 28, 2023. New SIM cards that have never been activated have no deadline.
  • How secure will our data be once we register?
    The data will be secure since the telcos use high-end encryption processes and systems. They have measures in place to prevent hacking.
  • Can someone register more than one SIM under their name?
    Yes, you can register more than one SIM card under your name. You can have as many as you want. Keep in mind that you must track the SIM because you are liable if it is lost and used for a crime.
  • Will we be able to see the name of who is calling us?
    No, the registration is only for data keeping, not for caller ID. No one will see your name if you call them. But if someone files a report because you committed a crime, they can trace the number to you.
  • What if the government will just get all the data?
    No, the government is not interested in that. The government has data for many people—the Philippine Statistics Authority has data on your birth certificate.
  • What IDs will the telco companies accept?
    They will only accept valid IDs. You must prepare your government-issued IDs. If you do not have one, get a police or NBI clearance or birth certificate.
  • What if I am abroad?
    You still have to register your SIM even if you are abroad. For as long as the issuer is a Philippine telco, you must register it online. Otherwise, it will be deactivated.
  • How do I register multiple SIMs?
    The process is the same. Go to the link and register the different SIMs. You will upload the same information over and over again. In the future, they may have a system where you can use multiple SIMs simultaneously.

Is This the End of Scammers?

The SIM card registration act will serve as a significant deterrent to crime. Scammers will have difficulty procuring SIM cards that they can use to scam people. Overall, we believe it will protect people and reduce SIM-related incidents of fraud.

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Disclaimer and Editor’s note


Digido Financial Writers Team is a team of experts in the field of finance and credit, specializing in writing articles for Digido blogs.
Anna Kireeva
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Anna is a marketing communications professional who specializes in digital marketing strategies and long-form content.

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