Words by Paul Adrian Galo of Eugenio Lopez Jr. Center for Media Arts Senior High School
WHAT IS A POSTAL ID?
The Postal ID is an identification card that is obtained from the Philippine Postal Corporation and contains verified information regarding the user’s identity and address. It can be used for different transactions as any other valid IDs.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE POSTAL ID?
Every Filipino citizen aged 18 and above can apply for the Postal ID! If a foreign resident residing in the country, you must be residing for at least 6 months or more in the country.
WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY FOR THE POSTAL ID?
What makes the Postal ID different from other Valid IDs is that it’s easily obtainable but a bit pricey. However, the ID is worth the price as the Improved Postal ID is now equipped with various features not seen in other valid Identification Cards like QR code identifiable through phone, fingerprints validation through Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and ghost image in order to increase the security in the identity verification and lessen the cases of identity theft and fraud. Its validity lasts for 3 years for Filipino residents and 1 year for foreign.
Before starting with the steps in applying for Postal ID, make sure to prepare the following requirements listed by the PostalIDPH:
PROOF OF ADDRESS
You can submit just one (1) or more on any of the following:
PROOF OF IDENTITY
If you don’t have any of the above mentioned, you can bring two (2) of the following:
The Postal ID is not available to be transacted online unlike some IDs, however their application form is downloadable and printable here in order to fill up the necessary information before proceeding in the application.
Print two copies of the form and make sure to fill up all the necessary information, especially the required sections marked with red checks.
After preparing all the necessary requirements, you can now proceed in the application by following these steps:
ESTIMATED DELIVERY TIME:
Now you see why you should obtain POSTAL ID? Not only is it easy to obtain with just some steps, but also safer to use than other ID with its features and can be used for different purposes. Just prepare the requirements and follow the steps, hassle no more in getting this valid ID!