How fast time flies as 2021 is almost over. In a few days, we will welcome another year: 2022! It’s time to set some new goals and plans for the New Year, which can likely include a change in jobs, businesses, financial investments, and travel opportunities. But no matter what lies ahead, or whatever choices we make for our personal or professional improvement, we are hopeful that the year ahead will be better.
When planning to travel, even local or overseas, it is essential for a person to have proper identification, especially if you are applying for your passport. And for this, you will have to present your valid identity card before you can facilitate and finalize your transaction. Automatically, one of the main identity documents recognized specifically in banking, private and government transactions is the unified multipurpose identity card issued by the social security system. Why is this so? Mainly because it easily verifies the identity of the card holder as who they claim to be, it gives access to the member’s file, and EMV chip credentials can even be used as an ATM or as a non-payment method. contact as what SSS has added to the functionality of its UMID card.
UMID card can be used to transact with government agencies, not only with SSS, but also with Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG. During the 2020 pandemic, we have suspended UMID capture effective April 2020 as basic precautionary measures to prioritize the health and safety of our members.
As of September 27, 2021, SSS has resumed accepting UMID card applications at its branches. As per the guidelines, UMID card applications should be submitted at SSS branches through the digital coding system or by scheduling an appointment with your preferred branch using the meeting system in the member portal. My.SSS. Visit the SSS website to find the list of SSS branches / service offices that accept UMID card applications.
Those who are qualified to apply for UMID cards issued by SSS are members with at least one published contribution. It’s free for new applicants, but for those who have lost their UMID cards or need to update them, they will have to pay a P200 replacement fee to the SSS agency.
Members who have applied for an SS number online from December 10, 2020 will no longer need to complete a UMID card application form. All they need to do is schedule an appointment with their preferred SSS agency for biometric data entry and submit their printed SS number request and transaction number slip. However, they can still choose to file a manual UMID card application at SSS branches / services and overseas offices.
To apply, members must bring the following:
1. A correctly completed UMID application form.
In order to minimize the time spent in the branch and to facilitate the filing of the UMID application, we encourage you to download the form from the SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph and to do the same before to go to the SSS branch.
2. One valid primary identity document or in its absence, two valid secondary identification documents.
A notification will be sent to UMID card applicants when their cards are available for pickup. For members applying to work in Taiwan, the SSS will continue to issue a certification instead of the UMID card issued by the SSS to facilitate their visa application.
The SSS is the only institution authorized to produce the UMID card for workers in the private sector. Beware of scammers and tricksters who offer their services online or on the street claiming that they can produce the UMID card for a small fee. Don’t risk the integrity of your personal information by sharing it with unscrupulous people trying to make money by cheating on other people. If you know someone who is involved in this illegal activity, you can report it to:
Special Investigations Department
Main office 4 / F SSS, East Avenue, Quezon City
Phone number: 8709-7198 local 5313 to 5316
Let me also add that the Philippine Identification Card (PhilID) issued by the Statistical Authority of the Philippines (PSA) is now included in the standard list of Identification Cards / Documents (IDs) for SSS transactions. . It will be accepted as sufficient proof of identity. This is in accordance with Republic Law 11055, also known as the Philippines Identification System Act (PhilSys), dated August 6, 2018.
Always keep your credentials secure. Please also refrain from posting your IDs online, as this could lead to identity theft and other cases of fraud.
Let’s keep us safe and healthy this holiday season. My warmest greetings to all.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Aurora C. Ignacio is President and CEO of SSS.
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