October 20, 2017

Quick Guide: How to Apply for UMID Card and Follow-Up Your Application Status

Quick Guide: How to Apply for UMID ID and Follow-Up Your Application Status

Who else here gets frustrated (and pissed) with establishments for requiring a lot of IDs? Especially government agencies when we're applying for an ID. That's why we're applying to get an ID so we can get a decent and valid ID, right? I only have a Company ID, a TIN Card, a PhilHealth Card, and an expired Alumni ID. So last July 28, I finally applied for a Unified Multi-Purpose Identification Card or more commonly known as UMID because I'm going to apply for a passport next month and I'm afraid that the DFA might not accept my existing IDs. I processed my application at SM City Cebu Government Services and just yesterday, I finally got my UMID! I got it it less than three months! I posted about it in my Instagram stories and I got a few inquiries on how to apply for the ID. A friend also asked if I could blog about it so here, I'll be posting a quick guide for you.

The UMID is a powerful four-in-one ID as it can be used to transact with the four major government agencies: Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Pag-IBIG Fund, and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC or PhilHealth).

Note that this guide assumes that you are already a member of SSS and have an SSS number.


I. Any one (1) of the primary valid IDs:
  • Driver's License
  • Passport
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) card
  • Seaman's book
II. If you don't have any of the mentioned above, submit any two (2) of the following secondary IDs and/or documents:
  • Postal ID
  • School or Company ID
  • TIN Card
  • PHIC or PhilHealth Card with Member's Data Record
  • NBI or Police Clearance
  • NSO Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Contract
  • Pag-IBIG Member's Data Form
  • Voter's Identification Card
  • GSIS Card/Member's Record/Certificate of Membership
  • Transcript of School Records (TOR)
  • Senior Citizen Card
Note: You can also check out the complete list of accepted secondary documents here.


I. Visit any of the following Government agencies to apply for the UMID Card:
- Social Security System (SSS)
- PhilHealth
- Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
- Pag-IBIG
Or just like what I did, visit the nearest mall with Government Services and accepts UMID Applications. For Cebu residents, Government Services at SM City Cebu has a fast and excellent service.

II. Fill out the UMID Application Form without erasures or alterations. Always indicate "N/A" or "Not Applicable", if the required data is not applicable.

III. During your turn, submit the application form together with your IDs and/or documents.

IV. Once your application has been verified, you'll be instructed to proceed with ID Capture, Fingerprint, and Signature.

After I finished with the ID Capture, I immediately asked the officer how long it will take to get my UMID card. I was told it'll only take 2-3 months since their printer is working perfectly fine already. I was honestly relieved to know that since I'm afraid it'll take longer especially when I previously heard my friends complaining that it has already been more than six months and they still haven't received their UMID card. So I went home with the hopes that it will indeed take only 2-3 months.


Fast forward to October 12, 2017 at 9:56AM, I sent a followup email to SSS to check the status of my UMID Application. At 11:53AM on the same day, I received their response. They're fast, right? :) Anyway, here's what I did:
  1. Send an email to sss_id@sss.gov.ph with the following details:
  2. Subject: INQUIRY: UMID CARD APPLICATION STATUS (of course you can customize or change this)
    Email Body:
    Full Name:
    SSS Number:
    Date of Application:
They will respond with the status of your application together with the tracking number and registry number. Once I got the tracking number, I tracked it on PHLPOST's official website. You can track your UMID Card delivery here: https://tnt.phlpost.gov.ph/. The tracking number is alphanumeric and starts with two letters.

When I tracked it on PHLPOST, I saw that its status was already out for delivery on October 12 (the same day I emailed SSS to follow-up). So I waited until the next day for my UMID card to be delivered to our home address.

TIP: It would be better if you indicate your permanent address when applying for the UMID card. Why? Your UMID card will be packaged and sent to PHLPOST for delivery via your registered address. And they say that it will be delivered to your address but MOST (if not all) of the time, it will just be delivered to the nearest PHLPOST office based on your address.

In my case, I went to the Lapu-Lapu Post Office thrice because I wasn't able to catch the assignee for our barangay the first and second time. It was only yesterday that I finally got it. The funny thing is, I waited for the assignee to arrive and when he got in, he confidently assumed and told me that they have not received any UMID cards for those who applied last July. The last batch they received was for April. But I confidently told him that I tracked it and I contacted PHLPOST to confirm that my UMID card has arrived last week. He told me there's a 50-50 chance that it's true but he's going to check it. After a few minutes... alas! He gave me the envelope where my UMID card was sealed in and took off as happy as a bee. :)

So, that's it! I hope you'll find this guide useful when you're going to apply for your UMID card too. :)

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  1. Paspasa ka blog! Hahaha! Thanks janine. Karon pako ka visit ani yay.

    1. Hahaha thanks Klah! Di pa kaau ni active nga blog gud but soon, mag update ko ani pirmi. :)