PhilSys: What you Need to know

Primary Objective of the Act

Section 3

  • 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;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

Terms Defined

Sections 5, 6, 7

  • Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) – the government’s central identification platform for all citizen and resident aliens of the Philippines
  • Citizen – refers to a Filipino citizen, as defined in the Constitution, including those with dual or multiple citizenships, in accordance with Republic Act No. 9225, otherwise known as the “Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003”
  • Resident Alien – refers to an individual who is not a citizen of the Philippines but has established residence in the Philippines for an aggregate period of more than one hundred eighty (180) days
  • Registration – refers to the process of entering demographic and biometric information of citizens or resident aliens in the Philippines to the system
  • Personal Information – refers to any information whether recorded in a material form or not, from which the identity of an individual is apparent or can be reasonably and directly ascertained by the entity holding the information, or when put together with other information would directly and certainly identify an individual as defined in the Republic Act No. 10173, otherwise known as the “Data Privacy Act of 2012”
  • 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
  • PhilSys Registry – consist of the PSN, registered records and information of all person registered in the PhilSys shall be created and maintained by the PSA, as repository and custodian of all data
  • PhilID – a nontransferable card shall preferably be issued to all citizens or resident aliens registered under the PhilSys subject to the guidelines to be issued by the PSA

PhilSys Registry Data

Section 8

Information to be collected and stored under the PhilSys shall be limited to the following:
Demographic Data
  • 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)
Biometric Information
  • Front Facing Photograph
  • Full set of fingerprints
  • Iris scan

Uses of PhilSys ID

Section 13

Application for eligibility/services and access to:
  • Social welfare and benefits granted by the government
  • passports, driver’s license
  • tax-related transactions
  • admission in schools/government hospitals
  • opening of bank accounts
  • registration and voting purposes
  • transactions for employment purposes
  • carholder’s criminal records and clearances 

Sample PhilID Card

Registration Centers

Section 9

The following shall have necessary facilities to capture the information required to be contained in the registry:
  • PSA Regional and Provincial Offices
  • Local Civil Registry Offices (LCROs)
  • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
  • Social Security System (SSS)
  • Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)
  • Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF)
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC)
  • Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost)
  • Other government agencies and GOCCS as may be assigned by PSA

Implementing Agency

PSA as Implementing Agency with the Technical Assiistance of DICT

Section 15

PSA as Implementing Agency
  • Shall be responsible on the over-all planning, management and administration of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys)
  • The PhilSys shall be managed, maintained, and administered by the PSA with technical assistance from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)

Creation of the PSPCC

Section 16

The PhilSys Policy and Coordination Council (PSPCC)
  • Shall formulate policies and guidelines to ensure effective coordination and implementation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys)
  • Shall ensure the compatibility of the respective technology infrastructure of different government agencies in order to comply with the requirements of PhilSys
  • Secretary, NEDA
  • National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, PSA
  • Undersecretary, DBM
  • Undersecretary, DFA
  • Undersecretary, DICT
  • Undersecretary, DOF
  • Undersecretary, DSWD
  • Undersecretary, DILG
  • Chairman, NPC
  • Deputy Governor, BSP
  • President and General Manager, GSIS
  • President and CEO, PhilHealth
  • President and CEO, SSS
  • Postmaster General, PHLPost

Information Campaign

Section 21

Within three (3) months from the effectivity of this Act, the PSA, together with the DFA and other government agencies, shall undertake an extensive information campaign to promote the PhilSys to all citizen and resident aliens

What is PhilSys

Philippine Identification System

Philsys Latest Releases

PhilSys Registration Centers for Online Step 1 Registrants Now Open for Caraganons

Twenty-two (22) Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registration centers for online Step 1 registrants are now open to serve the Caraganons.



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Date Released: 

September 07, 2021