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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Getting Your Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) at SSS: A Step-by-Step Guide

The Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) card is a very important document for us Filipinos. It streamlines transactions across various government agencies, making your life a bit easier.

If you haven't gotten yours yet, don't worry! This guide will walk you through the application process at the Social Security System (SSS).

Check the Deadline: As of November 2023, SSS has stopped accepting applications for regular UMID cards. They are now offering the UMID ATM Pay Card which requires either an existing UMID card or a pending application.

Things to Prepare:
  • Original and photocopy of a valid ID: This could be your passport, driver's license, or any government-issued ID with your photo.
  • One Other Valid ID: In case your primary ID doesn't have both photo and signature, bring another valid ID that does.
  • Photocopy of IDs: Make sure the photocopies are clear and complete.
  • Accomplished UMID Card Application Form: You can download the form from the SSS website or get a copy from your nearest SSS branch.
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN): While not mandatory, having your TIN can help expedite the process.

Two Ways to Apply:

1. Walk-in:
  • SSS Branch: This is the traditional route. Find a branch accepting UMID applications based on your SSS number coding. Take note of their operating hours.
  • Fill out the UMID application form. Be sure to write neatly and provide accurate information.
  • Submit the form along with your IDs and photocopies.
  • Have your biometrics captured. This includes your photo, fingerprints, and signature.
  • Receive an acknowledgment stub. This contains your reference number for tracking your application.

2. Online Appointment:
  • Head on at My SSS Online please log in to your account or create one if you're a new member.
  • Navigate to the "Appointment System" section and choose "UMID Card Application" as the purpose.
  • Schedule an appointment for biometric capture. Choose a branch and date/time that works for you.
  • On your appointment day, go to the chosen SSS branch. Bring a valid ID and a printed confirmation email from My SSS.
  • Have your biometrics captured.
  • You'll be notified when your UMID card is ready for pickup.
After Applying:

  • Track the status of your application. You can do this through My SSS online or by calling the SSS hotline.
  • Claim your UMID card. Once notified, proceed to the branch where you applied and present your valid ID to claim your card. There are specific timelines for claiming, so be sure to take note of the deadlines.

Additional Tips:

  • Dress appropriately. SSS branches have a dress code, so avoid sleeveless shirts, shorts, and slippers.
  • Bring a pen. You'll need it to fill out the application form.
  • Prepare for a wait. Applying during peak hours can mean longer queues. If you can, schedule your appointment or visit during less busy days.

With these steps and a little preparation, getting your SSS UMID ID should be a breeze. Soon, you'll be enjoying the benefits of this handy card!



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