UMID Card Application : Requirements and Step by Step Guide

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The Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) is a four-in-one identification card that Filipinos can use to transact with government agencies such as the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG Fund. The new UMID uses a contact-less smartchip technology that stores member’s SSS information and biometric data such as fingerprints, facial image and signature.

UMID Card Application: Requirements and Step by Step Guide

Having a unique identification is crucial part of any legal transactions, especially in a modern world where fraudulence is rampant and anyone can claim to be someone they are not. It is therefore very important for individuals to possess a true-to-themselves identification card to go through any legal procedures seamlessly and without future problems.

Aside from identification purpose, the UMID card can be used in withdrawing benefits and loans proceeds from ATMs. Loan releases and benefit payments can now be paid via deposit to the bank account of the member/beneficiary where the UMID card is enrolled as an ATM.

UMID Card Application for 2019: Complete Step by Step Guide

UMID card application is quite simpler and easier even for fresh college graduates who are starting out in their first job. UMID is free, that means that you don’t need to pay any fee for the issuance. You cannot get or apply UMID online in the moment as you need to do it personally. The procedures and requirements for getting UMID Card are discussed in this article. Here are the important things to keep in mind before you start with your UMID card application.

1.Where can I sign up and get my UMID card?

If you are a government employee, getting your UMID card is as simple as heading to the nearest GSIS Enrollment Center. For private employees, self-employed individuals, OFWs and member of SSS, the best method of getting your UMID card is by going to the nearest SSS branch in the area.


To date, there’s no UMID card application online. You Have to Do It Personally. Proxies or representatives aren’t allowed, either. But it makes a lot of sense because the government has to confirm your identity and make sure that only one card is issued to you. You need to be there to have your photo, digital signature, and fingerprints taken. No other way to do that than you making a personal appearance.

2. What are the requirements for UMID Card?

For First Time Application:
  • Member has no existing UMID Cards issued by GSIS or PhilHealth.
  • Member has at least one (1) month contribution and a valid Date of Coverage;
  • Member Information (SS Number, Name (First Name, Middle Name, Last Name), Date of Birth, Gender) must be the same in the UMID Card Application and SSS Membership database.
  • Valid Identification Card Photocopy (Bring the original card/document for verification). Click here to check the list of documents honored by SSS.

For UMID Card Replacement:
1. Replacement fee amounting to Php 200. The same fee shall apply for the following.
  • Correction/Change of name (e.g., from maiden name to married name)
  • Correction of date/place of birth and/or sex
  • Replacement of lost/damaged card
  • Change of home address
  • Change of authenticating finger due to amputation/sickness (e.g., index to middle finger)
  • Update of member’s photo
  • Change of old card to new card
  • Change of specimen signature printed on the card

2. For lost or non-received cards, the submission of a duly-notarized affidavit of non-receipt of card, or notarized affidavit of loss is required.
3. For card replacement caused by change or correction of member information, the old SS ID/UMID Card must be surrendered.

Documents required for UMID card for SSS members:
  • Accomplished SSS UMID card application form
  • Original or certified true copy of any of the following: passport, driver’s license, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) card, or Seaman’s Book.
  • If you don’t have any of those IDs, check here the other IDs and documents accepted.

Documents required for UMID card for GSIS members:
  • GSIS UMID-eCard enrollment form
  • Two valid government-issued IDs (e.g., passport, voter’s ID, driver’s license, PRC card, etc.)

3. What are PRIMARY ID CARDS needed to apply for the UMID card?

One (1) PRIMARY ID CARDS and/or documents
  • Passport
  • Driver’s License
  • PRC Card
  • Seaman’s Book (Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book)

In the absence of the above Primary ID cards and/or documents, any two (2) of the following Secondary ID cards/documents, both of which should bear the correct name of the person, and at least one (1) with the correct date of birth:
  • Postal ID
  • School or Company ID
  • TIN Card
  • Membership Card issued by Private Companies
  • OWWA Card
  • Senior Citizen card
  • Voter’s ID card/Affidavit/Certificate of Registration with COMELEC
  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • ATM card with cardholder’s name; or bank certification if without cardholder’s name
  • Birth Certificate
  • Bank Account Passbook
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Credit card
  • Firearm License Card issued by the PNP
  • Fishworker’s License issued by BFAR
  • GSIS Card/Member’s Record/Certificate of Membership
  • Health or Medical Card
  • Pag-IBIG Member’s Data Form
  • ID Card issued by LGUs (e.g., Barangay/Municipality/City)
  • ID Card issued by professional associations recognized by the PRC
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Marriage Contract/Marriage Certificate
  • NBI Clearance
  • PhilHealth Member’s Data Record
  • Police Clearance
  • Seafarer’s Registration Certificate issued by POEA
  • Student Permit issued by the LTO
  • Transcript of School Records
  • Certificate from National Commission on Indigenous Peoples or Office of Muslim Affairs
  • Certificate of Licensure/Qualification documents from MARINA
  • Certificate of Naturalization from BI
  • Birth/Baptismal Certificate of child/children or its equivalent

4. UMID Card Application Steps and Procedures

SSS is the main agency that issues UMID cards to private sector workers, while GSIS processes the UMID applications of government employees. So if you work in a private company, file your UMID card application at an SSS branch. If you work in the government, apply at a GSIS branch. Here are the step by step process to get a UMID card for SSS members and GSIS members.

UMID Card Application for SSS members:

(1.) Download and fill out the UMID card application form.
Before doing so, read the instructions on the last page of the form. There should be no erasures or corrections. When you’re done, double-check the form to ensure you’ve done the following:
  • Filled out all fields correctly.
  • Provided at least one contact detail (phone number or email address.)
  • Provided your permanent address instead of a temporary address.
  • Indicated your preferred SSS-accredited bank for enrolling your UMID as an ATM card.

(2.) Submit your form and documents to the nearest SSS branch.
Not all SSS offices have the facility to process UMID applications, though. To know the nearest branch where you can apply for a UMID card, check out this complete list of SSS branches with UMID enrollment facilities.


(3.) Have your ID photo, fingerprints, and signature taken.
The SSS staff, after verifying your documents, will ask you to go to the booth where your picture will be taken, your fingerprints scanned, and your digital signature captured.

(4.) Pay the UMID card replacement fee.
If you’re replacing your old SSS ID or updating the information in your UMID card, you’ll have to pay a PHP 200 replacement fee and submit a notarized affidavit of loss (for lost cards only). Payments for UMID card replacement are accepted at SSS partner banks such as EastWest Bank, Land Bank, RCBC, Security Bank, and UnionBank. But if you’re applying for a UMID card for the first time, you don’t have to pay anything. New UMID card applications are free of charge.

(5.) Wait for your UMID card to be delivered to your address.
According to the SSS, applicants will receive their UMID card within 30 days from the date of application. After successful application and data capture, SSS will release your UMID within eight working days. It will then be delivered to your address via Philpost within two weeks (Metro Manila) or four weeks (outside Metro Manila).

(6.) Activate your UMID card.
This will allow you to use your UMID to check information about your SSS salary loan, benefits, and contributions. You can activate your card at any SSS branch or kiosks in select malls.

UMID Card Application for GSIS Members:

  • Download and fill out the UMID-eCard enrollment form.
  • Submit two valid IDs and the accomplished UMID card application form to the GSIS staff in the eCard enrollment area.
  • Wait for a text message from GSIS about where you can claim your UMID card.

5. How to Verify UMID card status:

Has it been several months to one year already since you have filed your UMID card application in SSS? You can check the status of your UMID card in three ways.
  • Send an email inquiry to sss_id@sss.gov.ph
  • Call the SSS Call Center at 920-6446 to 55
  • Send a private message to the SSS Facebook page

Provide your full name, SSS number, birth date, and application date when verifying your UMID status.

6. Beware of UMID Text Scams

With the long waiting times Filipinos have to endure before receiving their UMID card, it can be tempting to accept any offer that promises to make things faster. Be alert—it’s likely a fraud. SSS has warned its members about a text scam that offers help in speeding up UMID card applications in exchange for a fee. When you receive such a message from an unknown sender, just ignore it. Better yet, report the incident to SSS and your mobile network service provider.


That’s it guys! Getting a UMID card is a straightforward process. If you have any questions regarding the UMID application process and its requirements, feel free to drop a comment below and we’ll try our best to help you out.

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