Thursday, August 19, 2021

How to Apply for the Philippine National ID Online (Step 1 Registration)

One of my usual problems when doing some transactions is the lack of a valid ID. Currently, I have an expired PRC ID and a police clearance ID, which I cannot use in some transactions. The only valid ID left is the old Pag-IBIG Loyalty Card (which is sometimes not accepted) and the Philippine passport (which I always leave at home).

That's why I was glad when I saw a National ID registration in the SM mall in our place. Finally, I will have another valid government ID. However, my joy was cut short when the clerk manning the registration booth said that I cannot go to the Step 2 registration booth in SM without applying for a National ID online.

With that, I applied for Philippine national ID online. Here are the steps that I took to apply for National ID online:

Step 1: Go to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) website and click the "Proceed" button

Philippine National ID Application Online

Step 2: Enter your mobile phone number or email address and proceed with the application by clicking the "I am not a robot" box and "Send OTP" button.

Philippine National ID Application Online

Make sure that the mobile phone number or e-mail address that you will use is active since this is where PhilSys will send the One-Time Password of your National ID online application.

Step 3: Check your phone or e-mail for the OTP. Input it in the PhilSys website and then click the "Verify" button.

Philippine National ID Application Online

The OTP is only valid for 5 minutes so you should input it immediately.

Step 4: Click "OK" to the Privacy Notice.

Philippine National ID Application Online

Step 5: Fill up the required information like name, birthday, address etc. and click the "Next" button.

Philippine National ID Application Online

Make sure that you placed the correct spelling of your name and other info. Note that giving false info in the National ID online application is punishable with imprisonment and fine.

Step 6: Review all the information that provided and then click the "Continue" button if everything is correct. Click the "Back" button if you need to correct some information.

Philippine National ID Application Online

Step 7: Click the "Next" button in the reminders regarding minors applying for National ID online.

Philippine National ID Application Online

And that's finished. A new page will appear that shows your schedule and place for the Step 2 of the National ID application.

Unfortunately for me, PhilSys said that there is no National ID registration center in our place even though there is a registration center in the SM near our home.

Philippine National ID Application Online

I have no choice but to save my application and wait when PhilSys schedule the Step 2 for my National ID application.

NOTE: I read a Facebook post that banks and other institutions do not accept the National ID because it does not bear the signature of the ID holder. Well this is a bummer if true. What’s the point of having a National ID if it cannot be used for transactions with banks and other places. My application for a National ID is a waste of time then?

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