Complete List: Valid IDs in the Philippines

There are a number of valid IDs in the Philippines that are accepted in doing certain transactions for validation of a person’s identity, to verify aspects of a person’s personal identity / data, such as full name, address, age and often containing a photograph.

The very moment that we were born, we are given our name, the most basic data that identifies us, while everything else are adopted from our parents’ data. Our first identifying document, our birth certificate. As we start going to schools, our school ID then bears our first photographed identity card. And as we go along with our professional lives we will be required for more proofs of our identities.

Having some form of photo ID is very important;  you need to be able to prove you are who you say you are in many situations. You’ll need a photo ID to set up a bank account, to vote, to board an airplane, to get a job.

The following are  the list of valid IDs in the Philippines and their respective agencies that issues them.

Complete List: Valid IDs in the Philippines

Philippine Passport– Department of Foregn Affairs
Driver’s License– Land Transportation Office
PRC ID– Professional Regulations Commission
National ID– Philippine Statistics Authority
NBI Clearance– National Bureau of Investigation
Police clearance– Philippine National Police
Postal ID– Philippine Postal Corporation
Voter’s ID– Commission on Election
Barangay Certification– Barangay Hall
GSIS card– Government Service Insurance System
SSS card– Social Security System
Diplomat ID– Philippine Embassy
OWWA ID– Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
OFW ID– Department of Labor and Employment
Seaman’s Book– Maritime Industry Authority
Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)/Immigrant Certification of Registration– Bureau of Immigration
Philhealth Card– Philhealth
Birth Certificate– Philippine Statistics Authority
Marriage Contract– Philippine Statistics Authority
Community Tax Certificate– Barangay Hall
TIN Card– Bureau of Internal Revenue
OSCA / Senior Citizen’s Card– Office of Senior Citizen’s Affairs
POEA Card– Philippine Overseas Employment Association
Consular ID– Philippine Embassy
PRA Special Resident Retiree Visa– Philippine Retirement Authority
NCWDP Certification– National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons
DSWD Certification– Department of Social Welfare and Development
BIR Taxpayer’s ID– Bureau of Internal Revenue
Firearms License– PNP Firearms and Explosives Office
PLRA ID– Philippine Leisure and Retirement Authority
Student’s ID– School Registrar’s Office

31. Government Office and GOCC ID

e.g. AFP ID – Armed Forces of the Philippines ,

HDMF ID – Home Development Mutual Fund

 32. Company IDs issued by private entities or institutions registered with or supervised or regulated either by the BSP, SEC or IC.

33. Other valid IDs issued by the Government and its instrumentalities e.g. DTI

For Fianancial Transactions the Following are the Valid IDs in the Philippines

According to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, BSP

” Pursuant to Monetary Board Resolution No. 553 dated 8 May 2008, the provisions of Circular No. 564 dated 3 April 2007 on the guidelines governing the acceptance of valid identification cards  for all types of financial transactions by banks and non-banks financial institutions under BSP supervision, including financial transactions involving overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), in order to promote access of Filipinos to services offered by formal financial institutions, particularly those residing in the remote areas, as well as to encourage and facilitate remittances of OFWs through the banking system,  are hereby  amended to read as follows:


For Financial Transactions, the acceptable Valid IDs in the Philippines includes

  1. Passport
  2. Driver’s License
  3. (PRC) ID – Professional Regulation Commission
  4. (NBI) Clearance – National Bureau of Investigation
  5. Police Clearance
  6. Postal ID
  7. Voter’s ID
  8. Barangay Certification
  9. (GSIS) e-Card – Government Service Insurance System
  10. (SSS) Card – Social Security System
  11. Senior Citizen Card
  12. (OWWA) ID – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
  13. OFW ID
  14. Seaman’s Book
  15. Alien Certification of Registration/Immigrant Certificate of Registration
  16. Government Office and GOCC ID,
    e.g. (AFP ID) – Armed forces of the Philippines ,
    (HDMF ID) – Home Development Mutual Fund
  17. NCWDP Certification – National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP)
  18. DSWD Certification – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Certification

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