…of postal ids and renewal

Philippines
March 15, 2013 5:45am CST
One of the best decisions I did was going for a postal ID. It’s for identification purposes since almost everyone asks for government-issued IDs. My postal ID is one of the first that I had and I am willing to hold on it. When I received a package, I noticed that mine is due to expire in a few months. I asked the lady on the renewal process and she told me indirectly that I have to pass another bunch of documents to have it renewed. In addition, the fee for the process ahs risen considerably. Now, it’s 400+ pesos and I think I paid only a half at that when I was applying for an original ID. Back then, I thought it was worth it because the ID is valid for a couple of years. But now, I think I should switch to another ID simply because I find the price too steep. Seriously, I know the postal offices might eb in need of cash but fees like this might turn me off when it comes to the effort and money involved. Anyone who can suggest a more affordable ID?
3 responses
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
16 Mar 13
Do you have a SSS id? I am not sure how much it would cost but that id needs no renewal unless you got married after getting yours then you need to update your info. I paid 350php the last time, well, supposedly 350php. but since I didn't want to come back for it, the woman in charged asked me to pay 500php instead to have it rushed. haayyy! Government magic!
• Philippines
17 Mar 13
I haven't got that card although it sounds promising. Does that mean I have to contribute coz I'm barely making money for myself. About government magic, I would agree on that. There is also another charge for a 3 day processing and personally, it's costly. I think I could wait for 7 days for an ID.
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
17 Mar 13
I had my SSS id taken when I was working.I am no longer working now. But I have kept the card coz it is one of the recognized id's.
@iluvusabado (2560)
• Philippines
16 Mar 13
my sister got a postal id i think more than a week ago and it was worth P310 in the post office plus P27 for the cedula and P60 for the barangay clearance. all in all, it's worth P397. i'm from taguig. i don't know if the price of the postal id's differ from one city to another. do you have a comelec/voter's id? i just got one at the same time my sister got her postal id. it's a valid government id so it's a useful card.
• Philippines
17 Mar 13
Been asking for my voter's ID since I am eligible for it. Someone told me that they have to dig it up from somewhere. It doesn't look promising to me.
• Philippines
17 Mar 13
i got mine at the comelec in our city hall. i registered before the 2007 elections.
@hereandthere (22909)
• Philippines
17 Mar 13
i finally got one and, my goodness, it's too big and won't fit into my card holder along with my other IDs. i've always used my sss ID card. i think driver's licenses are very useful too, but i don't drive. i was also surprised that the postal id has a three-year validity. i know you can apply for an sss id (and tin number) even if you're just a new graduate, the reasoning being that you'll start using it once you start working. i know the first card is free because when i lost the first to a pickpocket i had to pay for the replacement. then you can be a voluntary member and pick which level you can comfortably pay every month. when you're more stable, raise it one level at a time. try getting a philhealth card too.
• Philippines
17 Mar 13
here's the sss contribution table http://www.sss.gov.ph/sss/printversion.jsp?id=111&file=regi_contrib_table.html the last column is for self employed, voluntary and ofws here's the link to philhealth individually paying members http://www.philhealth.gov.ph/members/individually_paying/