In line with its goal to secure integrity of identity and eliminate fraudulent transactions, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has announced that the Improved Postal ID will be available to the public on May 16, 2016 in all post offices nationwide. Issuance of the Basic Postal ID will be discontinued on the same date as well.
The Improved Postal ID is designed to address the issues encountered by the previous ID such as challenges on identity security and institutional access. New physical security features that can be seen using just the naked eye were infused on the card, such as the hologram and ghost image, so that frontliners and tellers could outright reject questionable cards without having to use special equipment. This makes the ID verification process simpler and more reliable.
A biometrics-based test called the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) has also been added. It checks the applicant’s uniqueness and the integrity of his identity by comparing his fingerprints to the fingerprints record database.
Requirements to avail the Improved Postal ID are two (2) copies of duly-accomplished application form, a proof of identity and a proof of address. Filipinos living in the Philippines or abroad, as well as foreign residents, may apply for the Improved Postal ID. It costs P504.00 inclusive of tax and delivery fee.