If you have been an SSS member for some time now you are entitled to an SSS ID.
Every SSS Member have a right to have his or her SSS ID as a proof of identification of membership to the said government agency. Years ago, the issuance of SSS ID was discontinued and was replaced by UM ID. Unified Multipurpose (UM) ID still carries the same purpose of SSS ID such as:
To facilitate SSS member identification.
Get rid or clean the SSS Database through one-to-one matching with the biometric information embedded in the ID.
Deter fraud among its members due to unique information contained in the card which allows for direct validation with the data.
Enable self-service transactions such as loan application, issuing of SSS Numbers and receiving/viewing Member’s reports.
Note: For the purpose of our discussion, we still use the SSS ID instead of UM ID.
The New UM ID / SSS ID carries several Identification numbers. It is officially recognized by other agencies such as Pag Ibig (HDMF), Philhealth (PHIC) and GSIS. Though, those Identification Numbers cannot be found written on the face or back of the ID, it is encoded in magnetic stripe that cannot be seen by a naked eye.
When we first wrote about applying for an SSS ID, we heard a lot of feedbacks that there were a lot of confusion and it was really unorganized in the sense that several SSS Members who already applied for their SSS ID waited for like half year (five to eight months) before their SSS ID be delivered to their home addresses. The reason was never disclosed to us and we never had a chance to confirm it. We wasn’t planning at all to know! :)
Well, those days are over. You can now easily apply for your SSS ID! As I have experienced, I got my SSS ID in just one month and seven days. Not bad right? I don’t really need it actually, it just so happen that I was accompanying a friend to apply for an SSS Loan then I instantly decided to apply for my SSS ID.
Remember the rule, “No ID, No Entry”? Your SSS ID application will not go through if you don’t have at least two valid IDs to present. You can pick from the list of valid ID on the list below:
Once you secured the required two valid IDs, fill up the SSS E6 (Application for Social Security ID) Form.
You can download the SSS E6 (Application for Social Security ID) Form here and fill it out or you can just ask the guard or any SSS Personnel for the SSS E6 application form.
In my case, the guard stationed at the door is in charge of the forms to be given to the applicants. He asked me to present two valid IDs before he gave me the SSS E6. One applicant was denied of entering the SSS premises because he failed to present the valid ID. The guard was very strict with the two (2) Valid ID requirement.
I immediately filled out the SSS E6 and fall in line. They have seats for the applicants and wait for the queue line to move.
Before I forget, It is also mandatory to have at least one SSS Premium Contribution before they allow you to get or apply for SSS ID. We’ll now move to the next step.
SSS ID or UM ID is totally free of charge, IF and ONLY IF this is your first time of issuance.
If you don’t fall in the category of “FIRST TIME” applicants of SSS ID, you are required to pay P300 for the SSS ID replacement fee. You can read more about the replacement SSS ID card.
You can apply for your SSS ID in SSS Offices and Branches that offers SSS ID Photo Capturing Facility. Some SSS Branches don’t have the facility to take photos of the SSS Member who applies for an SSS ID. So instead of guessing where to apply your SSS ID, you can call their SSS Hotline and ask where you can apply for SSS ID.
You can reach them at 920-6446 to 55, Mondays to Fridays 24 hours a day.
Assuming you already in the right SSS Branch and now waiting for your turn. This will be the events you will expect to happen:
The Photographer in charge will now instruct you some important information (since this would be the last step in applying for SSS ID). Make sure to listen carefully.
Take note that the SSS ID will be mailed to your Home Address. Make sure that you wrote your home address correctly. He will also mention when you will receive your SSS ID. I got mine for one month and seven days.
Before leaving the premises, make sure that you have the claim stub or Acknowledgement Receipt. The claim stub is the last portion of the SSS E6 application. That will be the proof that your SSS ID have been processed and waiting for release.
So if you haven’t apply for you SSS ID, maybe it’s time to take a shot at this one. For those who still don’t have SSS ID, FYI, this serves as a Valid ID and serves many purposes.
Do you have unique experienced when you get your SSS ID? Maybe problems or issues encountered? Share it with us!