What is the ePhilID and How to Obtain One

The ePhilID, as part of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), provides a digital version of the physical Philippine Identification Card (PhilID). This program by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) enables Filipinos, including minors accompanied by guardians, to immediately benefit from being PhilSys-registered by offering a digital ID that holds the same validity and functionality as the traditional card. Designed to streamline transactions across government and private sectors, the ePhilID enhances access to services, improves financial inclusion, and ensures secure transactions through a unique digital QR code. 

Target beneficiaries are registered individuals awaiting their physical cards, with a particular focus on easing identity verification processes and reducing the burden of carrying multiple IDs. Participants in the program can expect a streamlined process for obtaining and using the ePhilID, significantly enhancing convenience and security in everyday transactions.

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What is ePhilID?

The ePhilID is a digital version of the physical Philippine Identification Card (PhilID) and is part of the Philippine Identification System. This proactive strategy by the PSA enables Filipinos to enjoy the benefits of being registered with the system instantly. It serves as an official government-issued identification document and holds the same validity and functionality as the physical PhilID card.

Credits: Philsys

Significance of this Document

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) emphasizes the PhilID’s significance in Republic Act 11055, highlighting its role in streamlining information and eliminating the need for multiple IDs across various transactions. This is particularly impactful in a country where the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reports 48.6 million Filipinos remain unbanked in 2021, potentially due to difficulties in proving identity. The document itself aims to address this by establishing a secure and centralized identification system, paving the way for wider financial inclusion. Moreover, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) anticipates the PhilID to expedite transactions and improve service delivery for its millions of members. This signifies the potential of the PhilID to enhance efficiency and transparency across various government and private sectors in the Philippines.

Benefits of ePhilID

  • Immediate Access: Allows registered individuals to use their ID for transactions without waiting for the physical card.
  • Widespread Acceptance: Recognized by government agencies, private businesses, and financial institutions.
  • Enhanced Convenience: Simplifies the process of proving identity and reduces the need to carry multiple forms of identification.
  • Secure Transactions: Features a unique digital signature through its QR code, which enhances security and authenticity.
Credits: Philsys

Eligibility for ePhilID

The ePhilID can be availed by any registered person with a PhilSys Number (PSN) who has not yet received their physical PhilID card. Even minors below 18 years can obtain an ePhilID, provided they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during the claim process.


To claim your ePhilID, you’ll need:

  • A transaction reference number (TRN) from your Step 2 registration.
  • One valid government-issued identification document.
  • An appointment slip for ePhilID collection.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from ePhilID

  1. Check Eligibility: Visit the official PhilSys portal (appt.philsys.gov.ph) to check if you have been issued a PSN.
  2. Book an Appointment: If eligible, use the portal to book an appointment and select a PhilSys registration center.
  3. Prepare for the Appointment: Gather your transaction slip, a valid ID, and your appointment slip.
  4. Visit the Registration Center: Go to the chosen center on your appointment day to claim your ePhilID.
  5. Receive and Use Your ePhilID: Once claimed, your ePhilID is ready to be used across multiple platforms as a valid form of identification.

Security Features

The ePhilID ensures security through a digital signature encoded in a QR code. This QR code can be authenticated online via PhilSys Check at verify.philsys.gov.ph, ensuring that your identity is safeguarded during transactions.

Recent Updates

PNB Accepts National ID for Transactions, Digital Version Available

The Philippine National Bank (PNB) now recognizes the National ID as a primary identification document for transactions, including cash loan applications. Additionally, the eGOVph app offers a digital version of the National ID, providing a convenient alternative to the physical card. However, some individuals have expressed frustration with the delay in receiving their physical National ID.

PSA Confirms National ID Database Security

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has officially refuted claims of a data breach within the national ID system, ensuring the public of the system’s security and integrity. Following an investigation, no evidence of a breach was found in the Philippine Identification System. The PSA encourages the public to remain vigilant against unverified information while reaffirming the safety of PhilSys and its commitment to protecting citizens’ data. (Manila Bulletin)

PhilSys Registration Now Open for Children Aged 1 to 4

The Philippine Identification System has broadened its registration scope to include children between the ages of one to four years. Their PhilSys Number (PSN) will be linked to their parent or guardian’s PSN, who must already be registered in the system. The registration process requires essential supporting documents like a birth certificate or passport and involves verifying demographic information and capturing a frontal image of the child. (PSA)

PSA-7 Urges PhilSys ID Holders to Report Non-Acceptance

The Philippine Statistics Authority in Central Visayas (PSA-7) is urging Philippine Identification System ID holders to report any instances where their IDs are not accepted by certain entities. Edwina Carriaga, the PSA-7 chief administrative officer, emphasized that the PhilSys ID is a valid form of identification, even though it does not include a signature. Carriaga encouraged individuals facing acceptance issues to contact the PSA through email or social media to address the circumstances surrounding the non-acceptance of their IDs. (Cebu Daily News)

BSP Urges Banks to Prioritize National ID in Transactions

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has instructed banks and financial institutions to prioritize the use of the national ID, PhilID, as a valid proof of identity and age in all financial transactions. This move aims to enhance acceptance and streamline processes by utilizing the PhilSys Check identity authentication tool. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) supports this move and encourages establishments to honor the PhilID as an official government-issued identification document. (Business Mirror)

Video: Key Privacy Theme: Philippine Identification System (PhilSys ID)

To ensure the safety of your personal data during the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys ID) registration, it is important to process it only through official government registration sites and avoid dealing with unauthorized individuals. With the significant amount of personal data collected, it is important to be cautious and follow the tips provided by the National Privacy Commission (NPC) to safeguard your information. Prioritize your data privacy and watch the NPC’s tips to ensure the security of your personal information for this ID.



The ePhilID is not just a digital ID card; it’s a testament to the Philippines’ commitment to digital innovation and accessibility. It facilitates smoother transactions, ensures security, and provides a reliable and convenient identification method for all Filipinos. By understanding and utilizing the ePhilID, you’re stepping into a future where your identity and transactions are streamlined for ease and efficiency. Embrace this digital shift and make the most out of the opportunities it brings to your doorstep.

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