In the modern world, you NEED an ID. You’ll need one to prove your age and identity, register for memberships, verify accounts, and more. For more important business like opening bank accounts and stuff, then you need a “strong” valid ID like a passport or a driver’s license, but those are far more difficult to get.
Thanks to Republic Act 11055, however, Filipinos can now get a “National ID” and it should be one of the most powerful proofs of identity in the country. It’s FREE and as of 2022 the process is relatively quick and easy, despite the extremely long waiting time before delivery. The months will pass anyway, so why not register to get one now? It should only take half an hour depending on how many people are at your registration station.
What are the requirements? One or two valid IDs, OR a PSA birth certificate.
(Click this link if you want to learn how to get your PSA Birth Certificate Online and have it delivered to your house.)
Note: The National ID is one of the easiest identity documents to get, and I really recommend it for people who do not have any IDs at all, such as people from far-off provinces or homeschooled children without school IDs. Just bring your original PSA Birth Certificate which you can get online, or from a PSA branch. Take note though that aside from the National ID, the next “easiest” IDs to get are the Postal ID (1 week to 1 month to get) and Passport. They’re not free though, and getting appointment slots for the passport is very difficult.[Read more…]