The PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority) announced that pending the printing and arrival of the national IDs, registered citizens can get their digital national ID.
They have authorized the use of the digital, printable national ID as a valid ID and sufficient proof of identity and age.
So, what’s the catch? Well, you have to register online to process the digital ID and get an appointment, then get the printed copy at the designated center.
It’s still a hassle, really. But if you don’t have a valid, government-issued ID, this is the only way to get a valid one.
How to Get the Digital National ID
It’s been a year since the Philippine government launched the national ID, but countless Filipinos still haven’t received theirs.
With the SIM card registration law now signed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr., more Filipinos are clamoring for the national ID ASAP.
Here are the steps to get your digital national ID:
Step 1. Of course, the first step to getting your digital national ID is to apply for the Philippine national ID. Many Filipinos have already done that, so we can skip that step.
Step 2. To get your digital national ID, go to this link: ePhilID Appointment System
Step 3. Check the box for “I agree to the Privacy Notice” and click “Next.”
Step 4. Enter the TRN (transaction reference number) in the transaction slip you received after processing your national ID.
Step 5. If your digital ID is available, you have the option to book an appointment. If not, then you just have to wait.
Step 6. Search for the nearest PhilSys Registration Center in your area to set an appointment. You can choose “search by address” or use “advanced search” for a more in-depth search.
Step 7. You need to provide your information (name, email address, and mobile number) to proceed.
Step 8. Click the box with the “I agree to the collection and use of the data…” section before you can click “Next.”
Step 9. A code will be sent to your provided contact details to proceed with your appointment.
Step 10. Choose the registration center, date, and time (for the appointment) where and when you will pick up your printed national ID.
Step 11. You’ll receive an appointment slip in your email. Save a copy on your phone or print this out to present at the registration center you’ve chosen.
Can Everyone Get Their Digital National ID?
The option is supposed to be for everyone, but upon trying to use our transaction number, this RachFeed writer discovered that the option isn’t for everyone.
The PhilSys website shows that my ID is already in the process of either being printed or about to be delivered, so I just have to wait for it to arrive in the mail.
Also, the announcement states that it’s initially available in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga, but you can still try to set up an appointment in case the option is now available in your area.