DFA to accept postal IDs for passport applications by August 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Starting August 1, 2019, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will accept postal IDs as a valid recognized ID for passport applications.

The DFA and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLpost) announced  this on Tuesday, July 23 after the agencies signed a memorandum of agreement to provide the DFA access to the Postal ID Online Verification System (POVS).

The use of postal IDs as a valid ID for passport applications comes after delays stalled the implementation of the program announced as early as October 2016.

According to PHLPost information officer Alvin Fidelson, the use of postal IDs was pushed back as its online verification system was not yet ready. The development of the verification system was completed in 2019, he added.

How it will work: The web-based POVS will be used to verify the authenticity of postal IDs presented to the DFA. The verification system seeks to counter check counterfeit cards and quickly verify IDs.

Along with postal IDs, other accepted valid IDs for passport applications are the following:

– Rappler.com

Sofia Tomacruz

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