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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


1.  Philippine Passport – Department of Foregn Affairs
2.  Driver’s License – Land Transportation Office
3.  PRC ID – Professional Regulations Commission
4.  NBI Clearance – National Bureau of Investigation
5.  Police clearance – Philippine National Police
6.  Postal ID – Philippine Postal Corporation
7.  Voter’s ID – Commission on Election
8.  Barangay Certification – Barangay Hall
9.  GSIS card – Government Service Insurance System
10.  SSS card – Social Security System
11.  Diplomat ID – Philippine Embassy
12.  OWWA ID – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
13.  OFW ID – Department of Labor and Employment
14.  Seaman’s Book – Maritime Industry Authority
15.  Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)/Immigrant Certification of Registration – Bureau of Immigration
16.  Philhealth Card – Philhealth
17.  Birth Certificate – National Statistics Office
18.  Marriage Contract – National Statistics Office
19.  Community Tax Certificate – Barangay Hall
20.  TIN Card – Bureau of Internal Revenue
21.  OSCA / Senior Citizen’s Card – Office of Senior Citizen’s Affairs
22.  POEA Card – Philippine Overseas Employment Association
23.  Consular ID – Philippine Embassy
24.  PRA Special Resident Retiree Visa – Philippine Retirement Authority
25.  NCWDP Certification – National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons
26.  DSWD Certification – Department of Social Welfare and Development
27.  BIR Taxpayer’s ID – Bureau of Internal Revenue
28.  Firearms License – PNP Firearms and Explosives Office
29.  PLRA ID – Philippine Leisure and Retirement Authority
30.  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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