DFA: “The public is advised that the details in the printed ePhilID must be clear, readable, and contain the same details as the presented documentary requirements during the passport application”
DFA — The Department of Foreign Affairs announced that the printed digital version of the national ID can now be used and accepted in applying for passports.
The DFA-Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) said in an advisory that it will be accepting the printed digital version of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) ID or ePhilID as an accredited government-issued valid ID for passport applications starting October 21, 2022.
According to DFA-OCA, the public is advised that the details in the printed digital version of PhilSys ID must be clear, readable, and contain the same details as the presented documentary requirements during the passport application.
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) chief Dennis Mapa said that the printed digital version of the national ID contains features in the actual national ID — PhilSys number, front face photo, demographic information, and a unique QR code that can be scanned for authentication.
Mapa also said that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) issued a memorandum to all its supervised financial institutions (BSFIs) for the use and acceptance of the printed ePhilID and other formats of the digital ID.
“The printed ePhilID shall be honored and accepted as the official government-issued identification document of a person for his or her transaction in all national government agencies, local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions, financial institutions, and private sector,” Mapa said.
The issuance of the printed digital version of the national ID was according to the directive of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to issue 50 million IDs by the end of 2022, of which 30 million are physical cards and 20 million are digital printed versions.