We probably heard of the “UMID card” that everyone seems to ask for.
Whenever we apply for something, we hear, “May UMID card po kayo?”
Chances are that the reason you are reading this article right now is that you wish to know what a UMID card is for and how it can benefit you.
What is UMID card?
The UMID card also functions as an SSS card. Cards issued as of April 2017 make use of a contactless
Cards issued as of April 2017 make use of a contactless smartchip technology that stores the owner’s SSS information and biometrics data such as fingerprints, facial image and signature.
UMID stands for Unified Multipurpose ID card that will serve as a single ID card to be used in transactions with the following government agencies: SSS, GSI, PAG-ibig and PhilHealth.
The advantages of owning a card of your own is that you are provided with a card that can be used for multiple transactions with the government.
Owning a UMID card can make businesses with the above-mentioned agencies easier.
It also serves as a valid ID and a Primary ID and therefore it’s widely accepted in almost all establishments nowadays.
This is in line with the Executive Order No. 700 which orders all government agencies to have a harmonized streamline of information and identification system.
This avoids confusion and makes data flow for these agencies easier.
How do I apply for UMID card?
The first step before the actual application process is to first prepare all the needed documents.
1. Bring any of the primary valid IDs:
- Driver’s License
- Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) card
- Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book or Seaman’s Book
If you do not own any of the four primary valid IDs, you can substitute two items from this list and present them to the teller instead:
- Company ID
- School ID
- Postal ID
- Philhealth ID Card
- GSIS Card
- GSIS Certificate of Membership
- Tax Identification Card
- Voter’s Identification Card
- NSO Birth Certificate
- Marriage Contract
- NBI Clearance
- Police Clearance
- Senior Citizen Card
- Pag-Ibig Member’s Data Form
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Card
- ID Card issued by Local Government Units (e.g. Barangay, Municipality, or City)
- ID Card issued by Professional Associations
- Baptismal Certificate
- Alien Certificate of Registration
- Transcript of School Records
- Permit to Carry Firearms issued by the Firearms & Explosive Unit of PNP
- Temporary License issued by Land Transportation Office (LTO)
- Permanent Residency ID
- Certificate from:
- Office of the Southern/Northern Cultural Communities
- Office of Muslim Affairs
- Certificate of Licensure/Qualification Documents/Seafarer’s ID & Record Book from Maritime Industry Authority
- Certificate of Naturalization from the Bureau of Immigration
- Bank Account Passbook
Understand that there is no need for you to bring your picture because the agency will capture it during the application process. So if you want to look presentable, feel free to dress up when you come.
2. Bring the requirements on any of the following Philippine government agencies:
- Social Security System (SSS)
- Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
3. Fill out the UMID form
Forms can be found at the enrollment centers. It can also be downloaded online for convenient printing, if you wish to save yourself time and effort.
The UMID form for GSIS members is found on the official GSIS website while the one for SSS members is on the SSS website.
Below are the data asked on the UMID form, in case you wish to prepare for them beforehand.
- Full name of applicant
- Name of Father
- Mother Maiden’s Name
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Home address
- Marital status
- Any prominent distinguishing features
- Taxpayer ID Number (TIN)
4. Submit your UMID form
Have your UMID form verified by the teller together with your valid IDs.
5. Have your picture taken
Once the teller has verified the completion of your UMID form, you will then be asked to transfer to a different window where your picture is to be taken, to scan your fingerprints and for your signature to be recorded.
6. Wait for your UMID card to arrive by mail
Your UMID card will not be handed out to you instantly right after you apply for it. But you are given 30 days to wait for your UMID card to be delivered to your input address. If you fail to receive it within 30 days, it is best to notify the nearest SSS or GSIS branch near you. Preferably the one you applied on.
Now that you fully understand the process of applying for SSS ID or UMID, it is best to go over the important points in this article before actually go to the SSS office.
It is also good to recheck the list of requirements to make sure that you have all of them on hand before you visit the SSS or GSIS branch and cause trouble for yourself and the people around you.
With this card, transactions should be a breeze and it makes everything easier.
What are you waiting for? Apply for this card now and see the benefits for yourself.