How Do I apply for a Social Security System ID in the Philippines?

Social Security System in the Philippines

The Filipino Social Security System (SSS) provides social insurance, retirement benefits, and healthcare for workers in the Philippines. This Hub will explain the steps and required documents and forms needed to obtain an SSS number. Upon obtaining an SSS number, you become an active SSS member after paying at least one monthly contribution.

A Filipino Social Security System card
A Filipino Social Security System card

1. Get an SSS Number: E-1 Form and Required Documents

A person registering with the SSS for the first time as a prospective employee first needs to fill out an E-1, or Personal Record form. Submit it to your regional SSS office together with the original certified true copy and photocopy of any of the following:

  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) card
  • Seafarer's Identification and Record Book, or Seaman's book

In the absence of any of the above documents, you may present 2 of any of the documents listed below, that include a recent photograph and your date of birth:

  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • ATM card with cardholder's name
  • ATM card and, if it does not bear cardholder's name, certification from the issuing bank that the account number belongs to the cardholder
  • Bank Account Passbook
  • Birth/Baptismal Certificate of children.
  • Certificate from the Office of the Northern/Southern Cultural Communities or Office of Muslim Affairs
  • Certificate of Naturalization issued by the Bureau of Immigration
  • Company ID
  • Company Representative Authorization Card issued by the SSS
  • Credit Card
  • Fishermen's Card issued by the Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources
  • GSIS Card
  • GSIS Certificate of Membership
  • Health or Medical Card
  • ID card issued by local governments (e.g. Barangay, Municipality, or City)
  • ID card issued by professional associations recognized by PRC
  • Life insurance policy
  • Marriage contract
  • NBI Clearance
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Card
  • Pag-Ibig Member's Data Form
  • Permit to Carry Firearms issued by the Firearms & Explosives Unit of the Philippine National Police
  • PHIC Member's Data Record
  • Police Clearance
  • Postal ID Card
  • School ID
  • Senior Citizen Card
  • Tax Identification Card/Affidavit
  • Transcript of school records
  • Voter's Identification Card/Affidavit

Once you have an SSS Number, and have contributed into the system for one month, you may apply for an SSS ID card.

2. Documents Needed to Submit an E-6 Form

In order to get an SSS ID, you must be active SSS member with at least one month's contribution.

Fill out an E-6 form and submit it at your local SSS branch, along with any of the following primary documents:

  • Passport
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) card
  • Seaman's book

Or, in these absence of those, two of the following, at least one of which must have a recent photograph:

  • Driver's license
  • Valid National Bureau of Investigation clearance
  • School or company ID
  • Postal ID
  • Senior citizen card
  • Voter's ID
  • Savings account passbook
  • Alien certificate of registration
  • Government Service Insurance System member's record
  • Certification from the Office of Southern/Northern Cultural Communities or Office of Muslim Affairs
  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) card

Always remember to bring the original copies of documents and IDs at all times. The office won't require you to submit the original copies, but they need to see them in order to authenticate the photocopies and verify that they are identical.

Get to the SSS branch office as early as possible. If you arrive at 6a.m. you'll probably finish at 10a.m. At the office, get a number from the clerk responsible for giving away the E-6 Form.

One of the documents you can use to obtain an SSS card is a passport
One of the documents you can use to obtain an SSS card is a passport

3. Obtain an ID Clearance and Capture

ID Clearance is a small paper that will indicate your schedule for ID capture. You can't finish the whole process in one day, you need at least 2-3 days to complete the steps because after you submit the E-6 form, ID capture is always scheduled for a time in the few days following.

Again, be prompt arriving at the SSS office. If you are early you'll be in the front of the queue. When you arrive, you will need to get another number from the designated officer or guard for you ID Capture. Every ID capture batch has 20 people, regardless of your schedule. If you are scheduled for 7:00a.m., and you arrived at 7:30a.m., and the next people on queue aren't scheduled until8:00a.m., you'll still be left behind. They operate on the first come first serve basis.

The ID capture process only takes a few minutes. SSS Clerks will immediately obtain your personal data (fingerprints, signature, facial images, and 4-digit pin number).

4. Wait for Your SSS ID Card to Arrive by Mail

After your ID capture, you will have to wait for 30 days to receive your SSS ID by mail. If you fail to receive the ID after 30 days, inquire to your nearest SSS Branch Office and have your 4-digit PIN Number on hand.

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Comments 18 comments

Lea 4 years ago

how can i apply sss but the problem is im here in is possible in onine?

chienna mayorca 4 years ago

how to verfy my sss online?

jdalora@yahoo,com 3 years ago

how can verify my ss num, because its lost and i reall need it now,, pls help me?

Richard 2 years ago

Is there an age limit in applying

Sss ?

heya 2 years ago

^ re: the old sss id

they are not issuing the old sss id that is supposed to be for sss use only, they are releasing the umid id now because of multipurpose advantage

jez 2 years ago

i got the sss before and forgot. any idea how to get my sss?

i still got the sss mail though, just no id card inside..

manilyn 2 years ago

how can i register and/or apply an SSS ID online

Angibel 22 months ago


I'm OFW here in Abu Dhabi and i wanted to continue remitting my pending payments in SSS...Can you do me a favor to know how can i pay my remittance in SSS even though i'm still out of our country???

Thank you...

BONG ANICETO 21 months ago

how to get sss number? and what are the requirements needs?

arlene adolfo 21 months ago

good morning..

i 'll just ask if how to apply on sss online.. i am a college student and soon to graduate this year, and i need the sss for the application of my job.

hope for your response.. thank you..

Gideon Pastor 21 months ago

i don't remember if i have sss no. in the phil.I work part time for few mos. as a private duty nurse while pursuing my bsn degree.I migrated to usa in 1979 ,now i have my dual citizenship as u.s and filipino.My question is if i don't have the sss. no. in the phil., how can i apply ,and where?.Now im thinking of retiring in the phil.,and would like to contribute for my sss or buyout the years, is that possible?.thanks.

brandon 20 months ago may need to visit the nearest post office in your area...The postman may have encountered some problems in delivering it to the address you specified....That is what the SSS Employee advised me if it has been more than 2 months and I have not yet receive my UMID card.

espie castillo 18 months ago

I want to pay my loan but i will be working abroad.what are the other options to pay easily.another thing my husband wants to be a member and soon wants to get sss id..can we pay contributions good for 1 quarter?

Bebe Joy Sumaylo Alimanza 9 months ago

Hello, I just want to ask about my situation. I am a member of SSS already. But I forgot my SSS number and I want to do my contribution here in singapore coz now I am an OFW. Hope you can help me and hope I can hear from you before this month end so that I can give my contribution or I can cotinue giving my monthly contribution. One thing also Can I change into a higher contribution? Tell me how to process it. Thank you so much.

Maryann 2 months ago

How to apply online sss I'd

Rosmarie delacruz 7 weeks ago

hi..PO,I need,sss pero wla po,kong certificate,gusto ko sanang mg apply kahit temporary lng po,sayang kc ung taon at tagal ko,dto sa trbho ko,pde po,bayon mam,sir salmt po,

Marlon Jun Bacsid 3 weeks ago

hi good morning, just want to as if how can I can retrieved my sss id? i didn't have a chance to claim it since I'm already here at Iloilo City. It was processed last December 2011.

Joseph 3 weeks ago

They make it hard for Filipinos to get a social security ID....

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