When we wrote about a “how to guide” on applying for a Postal ID”, we thought that was the end of it. We never expected that we will receive overwhelming feedbacks about it. We understand that there are a lot of confusion and inconsistencies about the cost of the Postal ID. We realized that we owe the public this article to clear all the unsettled argument.
The turmoil began when several people told us different prices for Postal ID. Claiming that they actually experienced paying a much lower or higher amount (compared to what we have previously written) when they tried to get Postal IDs. You can visit our previous article for a Step-by-step guide on How to apply for a Postal ID. Before heading down to our discussion, I will not include the price of the 2×2 ID Picture that you need to submit. If you’re looking for the complete requirement for Postal ID, you can visit my related article about the requirements of Postal ID. To start of our discussion, we’ll cover the correct amount for Postal ID and the other fees you need to pay and some other related topics you need to know. First off would be the exact price of the Postal ID. To absolutely discuss the price of the Postal ID, we’ll dive and take a look at the very basic requirement when you apply for it. The Postal ID Application Form. By simply examining the application form, you can easily tell how much the postal ID will gonna cost you. As you can see, the Postal ID Application form is composed of three parts. Let’s just call it Parts A, B and C for simplicity. Part A simply carries all the applicant personal information of the applicant of the Postal ID. According to the Official website of Philippine Post and the Postal ID Application form, Postal ID only costs P175.00 only. It was clearly stated (without any doubt!) in the Postal ID Application Form. We don’t have any questions with that.
Part B (Statement of Issuing Postmaster) is usually left blank by the applicant. It is left blank because the Postmaster or any authorized personnel of the Post Office will fill this out. If you noticed (at the bottom part), an Official Receipt No. and Date is required to be filled out. That means, a payment should be made amounting to P175.00. The last part would be the Supporting Affidavit of Witness. This part must be notarized by a lawyer. It is a public knowledge that Notary Public is not for free, right? Though it has a price tag on it, it is still (I am speaking only for my opinion) affordable. Though it adds up to original amount of the Postal ID of P175. Notary Public fee ranges to P100 to P250. Some wise men out there might argue with me that they can get it at P50 or P80. We’ll, good for you! A colleague of mine told me that he paid P250 for Notarial Services for his Postal ID. Anyway, in my case, we had our notary public for P150. Still on the last part of the application form is the Documentary Stamp. As you all know, Documentary Stamp is a revenue stamps are stamps used to collect taxes and fees. They are issued by governments, national and local, and by official bodies of various kinds. The Documentary stamp is for P20 to P50. Question, why is it that the Documentary stamps is for P20 to P50. To be honest with you, we really don’t know. Some people (including me) said that they paid P50 for documentary stamp. Others said it’s only P20. I think, Postal Offices don’t have a standard amount for Documentary Stamp. Another aspect to consider is the corruption in the Postal Offices. When I applied for my Postal ID, I never saw that Documentary Stamp, Signature and the dry seal of the lawyer in my Application form. The Post Office personnel just asked me to give him P315 and she’ll do the rest for me. Another bonus is, I can get the Postal ID within 20 minutes. Take note, 20 minutes. We’ll I guess that’s what we call red tape. I didn’t complain because I’m in a hurry that day. So I hand my P350, ask for my receipt and went to the nearby canteen and waited. Going back to our discussion, we now have the three (3) components of the Price of the Postal ID. First, the Application fee for P175. Second is the Notary Public that ranges from P100 to P250. And lastly, the Documentary stamp amounting to P20 – P50.
|Postal ID & Other Fees||Amount|
|Postal ID Application Fee||P175|
|Notary Public||P100 – 200|
|Documentary Stamps||P20 – 50|
We will not sum up the total amount of the three since the Notary public and Documentary Stamps varies depending on the Postal Office and your location. But be careful, the maximum and allowable amount of Postal ID that you should be paying is P425. That is P175, P200 and P50. If you were asked to pay more than that, better ask question why the price is so high. Please note that all the prices we have mentioned a while ago will vary depending on the location where you are. This is why we only wrote price ranges for Notary Public and Documentary Stamps. Just to be safe. We highly respect and carefully consider your comments/feedbacks about this article. We encourage you to share your experience on how much did you spent in getting a Postal ID. Just leave a comment below :) A big thank you to all the readers of this blog.