PRC IDs and how to get them

Based on my experience, the strongest IDs in the Philippines are:

  1. Passport
  2. PRC ID
  3. Driver’s License
  5. Voter’s ID

Let’s talk about PRC ID.

Getting a PRC ID the First Time

This differs per profession – you have to meet your own profession’s requirements.

In case of a CPA, we just need to pass the boards. Then I simply have to submit a valid ID, the application, documentary stamped certification of board score, etc.

How to go to the PRC Office

PRC is in Manila, around Morayta. So the target is simply to get to Morayta or UST campus, then you can walk there.

  • LRT2 – Go to Recto (the last station). As far as I’m concerned, it’s already walking distance.
  • MRT – Go to Quezon Avenue station. Go up the overpass, cross to the next street (the one on the other side of the road), and ride up an FX or jeep going to Quiapo (I think). Ask the driver to drop you off Morayta).
  • LRT1 – Sorry not sure. I think you can stop at Carriedo and ride a tricycle.


Renewing the PRC ID
The PRC ID is valid for three years, with the validity pegged on your birthday (if you think your birthday’s not important to anyone, it is to PRC).

What you need

  1. Application form
  2. Passport sized picture with name tag
  3. PHP450
  4. Your old ID (we didn’t need it but just to be safe. OR just memorize your license number)

Where to go

  1. SM service outlets. You can simply submit the requirements, pay a processing fee (on top of the PHP450), and go back when they say your ID’s available.
  2. Online. Go to the PRC site, submit requirements, pay online, and go to their Manila office to claim your ID.
  3. Manila Office. Bring a passport sized picture and PHP450. I strongly recommend this – we just filled up the application form (available at the window nearest the entrance) went to window 18 (I think), waited around 15 minutes for the assessment, paid at the cashier, went to the third floor (ask the guard which stairs), waited 20 minutes, and got our IDs!


Duplicating the PRC ID

So. If somewhere in those three years you have lost your PRC ID, first check the validity date. If it’s less than a year ’til expiration, just renew the ID. (for example, expiration date is June 30, 2017, starting July 1, 2016 you can already request renewal). If it’s greater than a year (and you can’t wait), then request for a duplicate.

What you need

  1. Application form
  2. Passport sized picture with name tag
  3. PHP250
  4. Notarized Affidavit of Loss (you can get one in front of the PRC office, at PHP100 max. haggle!)

Where to go

Manila Office. Just bring all your documents and they’ll tell you what to do. 🙂


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