National ID distribution starts September

Politics & Governance

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will start registration for and distribution of Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) identification cards in September to an initial batch of six million individuals.

This was assured by the PSA during an oversight hearing on March 12 held in Dumaguete City, Negros Occidental by House Oversight Committee on Population and Family Relations.

By 2022, PSA aims to issue PhilSys IDs to 100 million Filipinos.


“I am happy that it’s all systems go for the National ID system based on the timeline they have presented to us this morning,” former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said at the sidelines of the oversight hearing.

PhylSys is a foundational identification system to provide a valid proof of identity for all citizens and resident aliens as a means of simplifying public and private transactions; a social and economic platform which shall serve as the link in the promotion of seamless service delivery, enhancing administrative governance, reducing corruption, strengthening financial inclusion, and promoting ease of doing business.


Information to be collected and stored under the PhilSys shall be limited to the following: Full Name, Sex, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Blood Type, Address, Filipino or Resident Alien, Marital Status (optional), Mobile number (optional), Email address (optional), Front Facing Photograph, Full set of fingerprints, and Iris scan.

PhilSys Number (PSN), a randomly generated, unique, and permanent identification number that will be assigned to every citizen or resident alien upon birth or registration by the PSA, will be given to each registrant.