The College Girl's Guide to Government IDs

Sadly, school IDs are not valid forever.
by Alyssa Jose   |  Aug 1, 2016
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Government IDs are notorious for being physical representations of torment and inconvenience. They often require an entire day spent in long queues feeling hot, hungry, bored, irritated—yup we could go on all day. But don't you give up on adult-ing just yet because we have some tips that could make the process less of a fuss for you! Just follow these tips and you'll have a valid ID (and feel just a little bit more ~*adult*~) in no time!

The Postal ID

Think e-mail address! The Postal ID is used to verify your identity and address when you receive letters and parcels. It is also one of the easiest valid IDs to obtain (it only takes fifteen minutes, tops!) so it's perfect for first-timers!

Where can you get one?

Just head on to the post office nearest you!

What you need to bring:

  • Original and photocopy of birth certificate from the National Statistics Office
  • Two copies of the application form (Download it here.)
  • Proof of Address: Barangay certificate of residency, bank statement, credit card statement, school billing statement, or utility bill

Visit their website for the complete details!


Take this shortcut: Fill up the form before you head to the post office so you're already one step ahead.

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The Passport

Ah, your ticket to the rest of the world. Well not literally, but this little booklet entitles you to travel to foreign countries. The process is a little more complicated than the first ID but it is sure worth it once you get your passport stamp collection going.

What you need to bring:

  • Personal Appearance (Schedule an appointment here.)
  • Original and photocopy of birth certificate from the National Statistics Office
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity

Take this shortcut: There are satellite offices located in malls so just choose one that is nearest to your place. Yay for convenience!

The Driver's License (Student Permit)

Remember when Cher failed her driving test in Clueless? Luckily the Land Transportation Office is so much friendlier. Here's what you need to remember before even attempting to get behind the wheel. Remember that you need to apply for a Student Permit before you can even apply for driving school and get a legit driver's license.


What you need to bring:

  • Original and photocopy of birth certificate from the National Statistics Office
  • Filled out Driver's License Application form (Download it here.)

Take this shortcut: Be at the LTO office early in the morning since the lines get pretty bad later in the day! If you come in the morning, you are more likely to get your license before lunch time.

The coolest thing is that you can already apply for these government-issued IDs even when you are still in school. Don't be intimidated by all the processing steps, because it's just a matter of researching and preparing the requirements even before you show up at the offices. And most importantly, don't be afraid to ask questions. It's still better than wasting time on making mistakes. Good luck, Candy Girls!

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A huge believer in optimism and good karma. Alyssa spends her days in pursuit of genuine and intense happiness. Her heart is an ocean of her dreams and passions, brimming with the people she loves deeply. Her immense love for good books and divine apple pies keeps her going. She adores New York, sing-alongs, hand-written letters, deep conversations, pretty flowers and cute dogs.
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