What are the steps to get a UMID ID in the Philippines? Below is a comprehensive guide for your reference.
The Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) card is a widely recognized Philippine document that consolidates various government-issued identification cards into one, simplifying interactions with government facilities, agencies, and institutions.
It also serves as proof of identity and allows the cardholder access to essential government transactions and services, SSS benefits, healthcare services, and banking transactions.
This article discusses the purpose of the UMID card, how you can obtain one, and how to schedule a UMID ID Online Appointment.
What is the Unified Multi Purpose Identification (UMID) Card?
The UMID ID, short for Unified Multi-Purpose ID, is issued by the Philippine Social Security System (SSS) and serves as a multi-functional document. This ID was introduced in an effort to streamline various government-issued identification cards into one comprehensive card to make transactions with government agencies more convenient and efficient.
The UMID ID typically includes the cardholder’s name, photo, date of birth, and a unique identification number. The card is embedded with a microchip that stores biometric data, such as fingerprints and a digitized signature.
The unified multipurpose identification card can be used for various purposes, including proof of identity, social security, health insurance, and banking transactions.
Who is Eligible to Apply for a UMID Card?
This card is available for all Filipinos who are members of the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
You are eligible to get this ID if:
- A SSS member with at least one (1) contribution posted
- You lost your existing UMID card and need to replace it.
- You need to update the information on your card due to changes such as a change of name, marital status, or corrections of misspellings or typos.
How to Apply for a UMID ID Card
If you are a SSS member and you do not have a UMID card yet, here are the steps and requirements you need to follow to get one.
UMID Card Initial Requirements:
- Duly completed UMID card application form
- One (1) primary valid ID or two (2) secondary valid IDs
For a list of acceptable, valid primary and secondary IDs and documents, check here.
- A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
- A copy of the applicant’s marriage certificate (if applicable) issued by the PSA
How to Get a UMID Card Application Form
- Download a blank UMID application form from the SSS website.
You can do this by logging in to your online SSS account.
- Visit the nearest SSS branch and request a copy of the blank form.
Check first with your local SSS office if their branch is a UMID enrollment facility.
UMID ID Application (2023)
When you are ready to apply for a UMID ID, ensure you have your printed SS Number Application and transaction number slip with you on your scheduled appointment date at your preferred SSS branch. This step is crucial for the photo and biometric data capture session, which is a key part of the UMID ID application procedure. Having the required documents ready ensures a smooth and efficient experience during your appointment.
UMID Card Application Before Dec. 2010
SSS members who started their UMID applications before December 10, 2010, do not need to complete the application data form. Instead, they can schedule their appointment directly with the SSS to obtain their UMID card.
This streamlined UMID application simplifies the process for those who began the procedure earlier. As a result, it eliminates redundant paperwork and allows for a more efficient appointment scheduling system with the SSS.
UMID ID Online Appointment Via the Online SSS Account (2024)
An SSS member who wishes to apply for the UMID card has the option to schedule the UMID card application using the UMID ID online appointment system.
The SSS member must login to his or her My SSS account online to set up the appointment schedule.
The UMID ID Online Appointment is ideal if walk-in applications are not available in the nearby SSS branch or if the member applicant prefers to have a prearranged schedule for application.
UMID Application for Lost or Stolen Cards
If your UMID card has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you will need to file a replacement request. Here’s how:
- If your UMID card is lost or stolen, report it immediately to SSS.
This is to prevent potential fraudulent activities if the card falls into the wrong hands. By notifying the SSS of the loss or theft, you take the necessary steps to safeguard your identity. Moreover, it ensures the security of your card’s information.
- Gather the required documents before applying for a replacement UMID card.
For lost UMID cards, prepare your valid primary IDs and a police report. In the case of lost or damaged cards, you’ll need your primary valid IDs and an affidavit of loss. These documents are essential to verifying your identity and circumstances, ensuring a smooth process when applying for a replacement card.
- Request for a Replacement UMID.
Visit the branch where you originally applied for the card. Make sure to schedule an appointment in advance. Bring the required documents, including a valid ID and the police report or affidavit of loss, depending on the circumstances. Prepare to pay the replacement fee of P200 to complete the application for your new UMID card.
- Wait for the process to be completed.
The timeframe for processing may vary, typically ranging from a few weeks to a month, depending on the specific SSS office handling the request.
- Claim your replacement UMID card.
You will receive a notification from SSS through text or email once your UMID is ready for claiming. This notification will inform you about the card’s availability and where you can claim it. You can retrieve your replacement card at the branch where you submitted your application or at a specified pick-up location.
How to Check the Status of Your UMID ID Application
To check the status of your UMID card application, you can either go to the SSS branch where you applied for your UMID card or call the UMID hotline at (02) 8841-4141. Be sure to provide your full name and date of birth for verification.
You may also login to your personal online account at the MySSS website to follow up on the status of your UMID application.
If your Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) card is ready for claiming, you will receive a notification via email or text message.
UMID Card Issuance and Delivery
Wait for your UMID card application to be confirmed and delivered.
The UMID ID typically takes approximately 30 days to be issued from the date the application data form and biometrics capture are completed. This period allows for processing, verification, and production of the card.
For SSS members who have applied for a UMID card and have different permanent and current addresses, it’s important to note that the card will be mailed to your permanent address or the address you specified in the application data form. This ensures that the card reaches the intended recipient at their specified location, taking into consideration any address discrepancies and making the process more reliable for the cardholder.
UMID Card Application FAQs
Where is the Nearest SSS Branch to my Location?
Visit the SSS website to find the nearest SSS office in your city or province.
Where Can I Submit the UMID Application Form that I Filled Out?
Prior to submitting your application sheet as a walk-in applicant, it is essential to confirm whether the SSS branches you plan to visit are designated UMID card enrollment facilities. Verifying this beforehand ensures a smooth and efficient application process, as not all SSS branches may offer UMID card enrollment services. Being well-informed about the designated locations saves time and effort for both the applicant and the SSS staff.
Walk-in applicants must also follow the SSS branch number coding system. You can find the information on the SSS website or on this page.
Can I use my UMID for Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) transactions?
Yes, you can use your UMID ID to transact with different government agencies. This includes the following:
- Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-IBIG Fund)
- Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)
- Gov’t Service Insurance System or GSIS
- Social Security System or SSS
Do I need to renew my UMID Card?
Your UMID card is a lifelong document and does not have an expiration date. However, if it is lost or damaged, you will need to apply for a replacement card to continue accessing its benefits and services. (See above for the steps and procedure on how to get a UMID card replacement.)
Related: Navigating the SSS Portal
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