When you are new to the Philippines and need to open a bank account for savings—you would need to have at least two (2) valid Philippine Government ID to present upon registration. It’s a usual thing Filipino people process in a yearly time, for different purposes. As for me and my brother Joseph last June 5, we process it for our own employment purposes. Let me talk here about how we get through the day.
So, our first government stop is the Manila Police District. To get there, we ride a Jeepney to where the Police District is situated. We left at 10 AM in the morning, and we headed to Manila’s UN Avenue along Taft. Usually at times like this traffic gets real, but luckily for us, we only reach the station for less than an hour ride. If you like to live in Manila, you’re likely to have the same ride time as what we had.
The first step here upon entering is you’re going to need to sign up the registration form. This is where you write common things about you, like your name, current address, work, school, and purpose for getting the ID and so on and so forth. If you are a first timer processor of these ID’s, you would only need to present any ID, for identification purposes.
Since my brother and I are here to renew our government ID’s, we don’t need to get through the first step. We are advised to head on to the next stage—the payment.
Here we pay three hundred Filipino pesos (300) but we received two receipts for it: the one hundred (100) is allotted to one of the receipts, while the other cost two hundred (200). Here’s a picture of mine, with my old Police ID.
Next thing we did is we get on to Encoding. This is where the staff would ask you things, like changes in your previous record (address, status, purpose, birthdate, etc.,) on what you have written on your registration form if I’s your first time. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to take a picture, but that’s basically what you do there. You were supposed to line up in a row of seat, and after you mark your fingerprint for recording, the staff would verify once again your record. If you are satisfied with your updated record, you are advised to go to the next step. The checking and photo taking.
The Picture Taking and final verification were the last stages before we get our Police ID’s. After this, we are advised to wait at the waiting area.
I and my brother Joseph waits for less than an hour, like approximately 30 minutes max. Soon our names are called, and we got the certificate along with our newly, authenticated shining Police ID.
The next thing we go to was the NBI Station. Luckily, it’s just a street away from the Police District office. Once we get there many people are already on the line. If you would acquire the NBI ID at the first time, you would need to enroll in an online registration where you need to fill up a soft copy of information form with all your necessary information, pretty much the same with the Police District Form—only online.
As I have said my brother and I are here for renewal, and so we didn’t need to go over the process of online enrollment. We quickly head on over to the payment section, where my brother stays in line for additional questions regarding the information in the ID—if there was anything needed to be changed. I didn’t renew my NBI form because mine was still valid (the validity of an NBI ID expires one year from the date of renewal) and so I waited for my brother to be done with every stage there is.
I waited for my brother and after about an hour he showed up at the waiting area, and I learned that he only paid 115 Filipino pesos. The price may differ, it may be more expensive if you are applying for an ID that can be brought for traveling abroad, or when you are a foreigner. Once released, It usually looks like the photo below.
In my brother’s case, it was only 115 Filipino pesos, and he told me that the staff advised him that his ID would be released two (2) working days after registration. This duration usually took longer to some, depending if they have same names with many or has certain police records. But if you have a unique name and has no derogatory remarks, then you can get your NBI ID in less than two hours from the last stage.
These are the first two essential government ID you must have, upon staying in the Philippines. There are much more, like SSS, PhilHealth and many more legal ID’s you should have, but these two are the most common in everyday need. If you have any plans of going these two ID’s, then I hope this article helped you a lot. Good luck registering!