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Good News – SSS Announces the Release of UMID Card on Time


UMID card is a government-issued ID that can be used when doing business with other government agencies like Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), Pag-Ibig Fund, and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

Using the card can facilitate more convenient services that’s why everyone must apply for UMID Card. The processing and issuance of UMID Card started in 2015. If you’re one of those who have applied for the card, the good news is that the Social Security System has expedited the processing time to 10 working days.

Accelerating the processing time aims to eliminate the production backlog and to speed up the release to millions of Filipinos who have applied for UMID Card. This means that the applicant will receive the UMID Card 10 days after the date of application through PhilPost delivery.


Applying for UMID Card uses biometric technology and not just the usual printing of member’s personal details and photo on a plastic card. Through the biometric technology release of multiple UMID Cards can be prevented, thus fraudulent activities can be avoided.

The processing involves data capture including the photo, signature, and fingerprints. The applicant’s name, parent’s name, address, and other demographic data is also included in the card. The fingerprint of the member is compared with other fingerprints. If the fingerprint match with another, an investigation is conducted by SSS.

Applicants who have passed the uniqueness check will be given with a CRN or common reference number. Card printing takes three working days and it undergoes visual inspection for the next couple of days. Before the card is send to the member, another day is used for data verification and readability check of the smartchip.

The target number of days for the delivery of UMID Cards is 5 to 7 working days within Metro Manila, 7 to 10 working days outside Metro Manila, and 10 to 20 working days for provinces and other remote areas.

Applicants who were unable to receive the UMID cards after a couple of months, they should check with SSS. The application might be rejected due to multiple identities. Another possibility is when the card was sent back to the SSS office after three unsuccessful attempts of mailing it.


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