Applying for a TIN ID

I lost my wallet a couple of months ago and it comes with multiple government-issued valid IDs. Now, on my quest to apply for those IDs, I need to present other government-issued IDs.

That sucks right?

Fortunately, there’s a government-issued ID that doesn’t have a lot of requirements – Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) ID. The TIN is your registration with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) which ensures that your taxes are properly credited to the government.

For this type of ID, your documentary requirements are:

  • NSO-released birth certificate
  • Valid ID

Note that it’s only a valid ID and not a government-issued ID. So, company IDs and/or school IDs may be used to prove your identity.

To get a TIN ID, all you have to do is:

  1. If you are employed, go to the BIR office that holds jurisdiction over your mother company. For me, that’s Regional Division Office 43A. Google Maps does not have the office in its database so I’m putting the nearest one.
  1. If you are self-employed, go to the BIR office where you registered your business.
  2. Get a TIN ID request form and a service number.
  3. Present to the service officer your request form and he will look it up in the database.
  4. The service officer will give you a claiming slip and advise you as to when the ID will be available.
  5. Write your birth date and address at the back of the claiming slip.

I don’t know if this is the standard process for all BIR offices. Things to note, though:

  • I thought the office will be as old as dilapidated as the building it stands in.
  • Service is fast.
  • I wonder why they need three weeks to produce the ID. It’s just a small piece of paper which we have to laminate.

Anyway, it’s a good thing that we have this government-issued ID that’s easy to get and, most importantly, free.

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