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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Postal ID is Now Accepted for Philippine Passport Application

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that starting August 1, 2019, it will accept postal IDs as a valid and recognized ID for passport applications.

Earlier the DFA and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLpost) signed a memorandum of agreement to provide the DFA access to the Postal ID Online Verification System (POVS)

According to PHLPost information officer Alvin Fidelson, the use of postal IDs was pushed back as its online verification system was not yet ready. The development of the verification system was completed in 2019, he added.

Fidelson explained that the web-based POVS will be used to verify the authenticity of postal IDs presented to the DFA. The verification system seeks to counter check counterfeit cards and quickly verify IDs.


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The postal ID is one of the easiest ID to process in the Philippine due to its few requirements. All you need is proof of your identity. 

Read: How to get Philippine Postal ID and What are the Benefits?
So along with postal IDs, other accepted valid IDs for passport applications are the following;
  • Social Security System card
  • Government Service Insurance System card
  • Unified Multi-Purpose Identification card
  • Land Transportation Office driver’s License (student permits will be accepted if in card format)
  • Professional Regulatory Commission ID
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration e-card
  • Commission on Elections voter's ID or Voter's Certification from the election officer (with dry seal)
  • Philippine National Police firearms license
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • Airman license (issued August 2016 onwards)
  • School ID (if applicable)
  • Current Valid ePassport (for renewal of ePassport)

This article is filed under passport, passport application, postal ID, passport requirements, and Philippine passport.