The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) is developing a mobile app that will allow citizens to download a digital copy of the Philippine national ID. The app will be available “in the next few months,” sometime in early 2024.

The digital version of the Philsys ID will allow its registrants to immediately enjoy the benefits of being PhilSys-registered as they wait for their physical cards to arrive.

According to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the one tasked with printing the cards, they can only make 80,000 to 100,000 cards per day. They plan to increase it to 130,000 daily to improve rollout to more registrants.

In the next few months, we will be able to provide you a mobile app version of this. You can just download your PhilID into your mobile phone. You don’t even need to carry any paper anymore.

DICT Undersecretary Denis Villorente

In the meantime, those still without cards can set an appointment at PhilSys to get a printed copy of their national ID in paper form.

See also: How to apply for a PhilSys National ID online

The PSA is targeting to have 50 million IDs before the year ends. Around 22 million physical cards have been dispatched so far.

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