Without a choice, I have to get a Postal ID regardless of the increase because I can use it in claiming parcel, entering establishments (private or government), and other undertakings that require presentation of identification. But, based in my experience, you cannot use it to get Philippine Passport; fortunately, the SSS ID saved the day. Having said the changes and benefits, I now present details on how to apply for a Postal ID.
- Form No. 391 – you can get this (free in my area) in postal offices. Fill up the forms (two copies).
- 3 photos (2 x 2) with white background.
- Residence certificate no. or cedula.
- Barangay Clearance – don’t forget to specify the purpose: securing Postal ID.
How Much Is the Cost of Application/Renewal?
The total cost, according to the post office staff, is Php 300, a fee higher than my college student with a barcode and can be scanned upon entry and it is made of thick plastic. Until now, it is smacked in the drawer and compare to my 5-year-old postal ID, the latter looks older but not tattered.
The fee includes the following expenses:
- Postal ID card
- documentary stamp
With the increase of fee, I look forward of having a sturdier and fine-looking Postal ID card: not made of paper and computerize; since one can use it for five years in different transactions, you want to become credible starting with an identification card.
I’ve learned the process of acquiring such card, yet the French translations of information (e.g. surname and forename) still baffles me. The renewal of Philippine Postal ID is easy for me now unlike the first time on which I have to ask many questions because I didn’t know where to get the requirements.
If I get my new card, in similar appearance with the French words and I thought of the fee, I could say “Better luck next time,” in reference to the changes I, or, we are longing. Nonetheless, “Merci beaucoup,” for the benefits of having an ID from the post office.
Update (December 16, 2010)
I applied yesterday for a new card and pick it up today. That's a huge improvement. It's thinner yet smaller. However, the favorable changes are overshadowed by a great disappointment: the card is valid for only 2 years. It isn't a big deal if the fee doesn't increase anymore.