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SSS ID Application Procedure

Applying for an SSS ID is easy and fast. However, it takes time to receive it.

In this post, I'm going to share the procedure of securing an SSS ID.

When I initially applied for an identification card, I was expecting to get what I have seen from various blogs, but I was surprised when I got a different one. I just found out after receiving the letter in the mail that SSS is no longer issuing the previous design. Instead, they are processing UMIDs (Unified Multi-Purpose ID).

Here's what it looks like:

SSS ID or UMID Front Side

That's the front side, and here's the back:

SSS ID or UMID Reverse Side

A UMID shows the member's photo, signature, Common Reference Number (C.R.N), complete name, gender, birthdate, and permanent address in the front side. At the back, a magnetic stripe is embedded, and below it are the logos of four government agencies namely SSS, Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, and GSIS. Take note, the card can be used in transacting to the said institutions. Hence, its name.

The standard processing time (including delivery) is 30 days as per the old SSS website. Now, they usually inform members that it can take up three to six months. Yes, it's longer, but it's worth the wait though. If you need to secure another valid ID that you can use to open a bank account, to apply for a utility bill, to verify your identity for any financial transactions, et cetera in the future, UMID is one of your best options. It is considered a primary identification which most institutions are accepting.

SSS or UMID Application Procedure

Before I further discuss the procedure of getting a UMID, here's the list of requirements to prepare or to check before you visit an SSS branch:

1. One valid identification like Driver's License, Passport, Professional Regulation Commission Card, or Seaman's Book. If you don't have any of these, you should prepare two of any of the following documents instead (the other ID should bear the member's photo, and signature):
  • Postal ID
  • School or Company ID
  • Taxpayer's Identification Number (TIN) card
  • Membership card issued by private companies
  • Overseas Worker Welfare Administration card
  • Senior Citizen card
  • Voter's Identification Card / Affidavit / Certificate of Registration
  • ATM card with cardholder's name, or with certification from bank, if without name
  • Credit card
  • Fisherman's card issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
  • GSIS card / Member's Record / Certificate of Membership
  • Health or Medical Card
  • ID card issued by LGUs (e.g. Barangay/Municipal/City)
  • ID card issued by professional association recognized by PRC
  • Permanent Residency ID
  • Birth Certificate
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Marriage Contract
  • NBI Clearance
  • Pag-IBIG Member's Data Form
  • Permit to Carry Firearms issued by Firearms & Explosive Unit of PNP
  • PHIC Member's Data Record
  • Police Clearance
  • Seafarer's Registration Certificate issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA)
  • Temporary license issued by Land Transportation Office (LTO)
  • Transcript of Records
  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • Bank Account Passbook
  • Certificate from Office of the Southern/Northern Cultural Communities, or Office of Muslim Affairs
  • Certificate of Licensure / Qualified Documents / Seafarer's ID & Record Book from Maritime Industry Authority
  • Certificate of Naturalization from the Bureau of Immigration
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Birth / Baptismal Certificate of children, or its equivalent

2. Fully accomplished Unified Multi-Purpose ID Card Application Form. You may download and print a copy from the SSS website.

3. You should have made at least one monthly contribution. You may call SSS contact center at 920-6446 to 55 from Mondays to Fridays (24-hour operation) to check your premiums. Their Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) number is 917-7777.

The Procedure

Now, here's the step-by-step guide on how to apply for a UMID.

Note: The procedure may vary depending on the servicing branch.

1. Go to any SSS branch with an ID capturing facility near your place. Mine was processed in Cainta Junction.

Not all SSS offices are processing identification card applications. Go to the Directory page, and find the nearest branch in your place so you can phone them to inquire.

2. Fill out a Unified Multi-Purpose ID Card Application form, and get a service number slip.

3. Present your one or two valid IDs together with the form to the customer service rep. He or she will validate your record on file. You will be instructed to affix your fingerprint afterwards.

4. Get another service number slip for Biometrics, and ID picture.

5. Get your acknowledgement stub and keep it for future reference.

That's it!

The entire process takes about 15 minutes or so. It might be longer depending on the queue.

SSS will deliver the UMID card in the mail via PhlPost (Philippine Postal Corporation). There is no need to claim it personally in the servicing branch.

A UMID is a permanent identification card. It doesn't need to be renewed, unless you lost it, or need to update information.

The above procedure is applicable to first-time applicants, and replacement requests. The ID is free-of-charge for initial application. There's a fee of ₱300.00 that you need to pay if you will request a new one to update your details, or for damaged, or lost card.

The standard business hours of SSS offices is from 8AM to 5PM (Mondays to Fridays excluding regular holidays, and special non-working days). They are only open during Saturdays if there is a memorandum. There are no operations on Sundays.

Follow-Up Card Delivery

Again, ID card processing including delivery can take up to six months. I got mine November 26th of 2012. I applied on the 12th of October, and it took a month and two weeks overall to arrive in the mail.

If you would like to follow up the delivery of your UMID, you may contact SSS using any number provided above, or send them an email at member_relations[at]sss[dot]gov[dot]ph

Remember, the delivery method does not come with a tracking number.


  • January 6, 2015 - Changed E-6 to Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) Card Application Form
  • Added list of valid IDs
  • Added SSS contact center numbers, and IVRS.
  • Added email address
  • January 9, 2015 - Updated the business hours of SSS offices
  • Added amount to pay to request card replacement


"Republic of the Philippines Social Security System" SSS. Retrieved on January 6, 2015 from

"Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) Card Application Form" SSS. Retrieved on January 6, 2015 from


  1. Thank you for your informative post. Sad to learn that I have to pay P300 as penalty fee and secure an affidavit of loss for my lost old ID.

  2. nice write up. it helps me a lot

  3. how about im already register in sss but I don't put money on it. is it possible I can get sss id?

    1. What do you mean "but I don't put money on it"? Are you referring to the contribution. If yes, one monthly contribution is a must in order to get an ID. I clearly mentioned it in the post.

    2. What if i have been contributing before but have stopped for a few months bec of unemployment?

      Btw, thanks for your post and updates. It really helps a lot!

    3. It doesn't matter. You are still qualified to apply for an ID.

  4. how about if my address in my E1 form is different from the one i am applying now for my ID? my situation is, i got my sss in Quezon City, that was three years ago. but i am currently working here in cebu, my address was changed and my cebu address is my permanent address now. (but my TIN address is still Quezon City, and this is the only id i have with my previous address on it) is it valid if i just put my cebu address in E6 form and present my company ID instead? glad if you could help.

    1. We have the similar case. I applied for an SSN in Laguna right after I finished college, and completed my ID application in Rizal where I live together with my family. As far as I remember though, I haven't got any problem with my presented IDs with Laguna address on it. Just my two cents. Try and you'll know. XD Since your permanent address is in Cebu, that will serve as SSS's reference.

  5. Thank you Jerry! I tried applying for umid last friday with just 2 valid IDs and a pocketful of prayers. voila! Smooth and done!! i'll just have to wait for 2 months for my umid card :) Thank you again!

  6. This is a informative write up. Thank you Jerry.

  7. Thanks for this post. I and my cousin have been wondering about the fees involved, but now we know, at least we can now prepare for the things we need before we get there. Have a blessed day!

  8. Do i need to photocopy the ids or just present the cards to them? I just hate it when we've waited on queue for a long time but being denied in the end because they need a photocopy of your ids not just the original. Thanks

    1. Presenting your valid IDs will do. Not sure if they have updated the process. If my memory serves me right, I only presented my IDs before. No photocopies.

  9. Thanks dude! This article is nicely written and so easy to understand. Will process my UMID card soon.

  10. Hi! I'm currently unemployed and I haven't contributed to SSS ever. Can I contribute voluntarily even if I'm unemployed atm? Thanks!

    1. I'm not an expert when it comes to this subject matter, but SSS has a supporting answer to that and it might be applicable to you. Check it here: For the detailed procedure, you may shoot them an email or contact their customer service. XD

  11. hi.. sir i just want to ask if i can still apply for an id if my last contribution was last march 2015 and now i am currently unemployed.. thanks.. :)

    1. Why not? Of course, you may. XD You already have a contribution.

  12. For now I don't have my original copy of my NSO Birth Certificate I just have xerox copy on it,

    My question is am I still qualified to get SSS ID Card?

    Thank you. ��