List of Valid and Acceptable Photo Identification (IDs) in the Philippines

A valid photo identification (ID) card is needed and required whenever we do transactions, such as sending and receiving money at Western Union and other money transfer agencies, opening a savings or checking account at different banks, doing other financial transactions with banks and non-banks financial institutions, getting a passport, checking in at the airport, and transacting with other government and private agencies. An ID card helps us to enter into transactions, as well as entering premises like schools and offices. It also represents our “Identification” which we can keep in our wallet. Thus, it is best for everyone to secure and keep a valid ID. The following is a list of current valid and acceptable photo identification (IDs) in the Philippines based on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Circular No. 706 (Updated Anti-Money Laundering Rules and Regulations).

  • Passport including those issued by foreign governments
  • Driver’s license
  • Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) ID
  • National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance
  • Police clearance
  • Postal ID
  • Voter’s ID
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Barangay certification
  • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) e-Card
  • Social Security System (SSS) card
  • Senior Citizen card
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID
  • Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) ID
  • Seaman’s book
  • Alien Certification of Registration/Immigrant Certificate of Registration
  • Government office and GOCC ID (e.g., AFP, HDMF IDs)
  • Certification from the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP)
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) certification
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID
  • Company IDs issued by private entities or institutions registered with or supervised or regulated either by the BSP, SEC or IC.
  • Valid photo-bearing school ID duly signed by the principal or head of the school (for non-voting/minor age students).
  • Similar IDs duly issued by the foreign government where the customer is a resident or a citizen may be presented (for non-Philippine resident).

The BSP circular also made it to require the presentation of the original and submit a clear copy of only at least one of the valid ID above instead of the previous requirement of 2 valid IDs for people who will engage in a financial transaction for the first time with financial institutions, such as banks, Offshore banking units, quasi-banks, trust entities, non-stock savings and loan associations, pawnshops, foreign exchange dealers, money changers, remittance agents, electronic money issuers and other financial institutions which under special laws are subject to BSP supervision and/or regulation. This is 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.

Reference: Bangko Sentral nf Pilipinas Circular No. 706 issued on 01/05/2011

Victorino Abrugar is a retired CPA practitioner, a blogger, speaker, and an entrepreneur. He's the CEO of Optixor, Inc., a digital marketing company based in the Philippines. Follow him on Twitter at @viclogic.