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The Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act was signed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on October 9, 2022. The new law is in response to the rampant scam messages many Filipinos fall victim to. But, under this new law, how do you register your SIM Card in the Philippines? This blog will detail what we know so far.
Table of contents
- When will SIM Card registration start?
- How to register your SIM Card in the Philippines?
- What are the requirements to register your SIM Card in the Philippines?
- What are the penalties for false information and fraudulent IDs used for registration?
When will SIM Card registration start?
All existing SIM Subscribers must register with their respective Public Telecommunication Entity (PTE) within 180 days of the law’s effectivity.
The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the SIM Registration Act is set to be released on December 12, 2022. This will be followed by the law’s effectivity on December 27, 2022. Hence, registration may start by January 2023 to April 2023.
However, the law also allowed DICT to extend the registration for a period not exceeding 120 days. Filipinos who failed to register within the set period may still apply for registration until July 2023. (This information is subject to change. Please standby for updates.)
Failure to register your SIM card within the allotted period will result in automatic deactivation.
How to register your SIM Card in the Philippines?
To register your SIM Card, you must duly accomplish a control-numbered electronic registration form which requires your full name, date of birth, sex, and address.
The form will also ask for the assigned SIM number with its serial number.
In addition, the form may be found on a platform or website of respective PTEs, where users must declare that the documents presented are true and correct and that they are the same person who accomplished the form.
NOTE: Please stand by for official announcements of the form by your respective PTEs.
What are the requirements to register your SIM Card in the Philippines?
To verify the identity of the end-user, they are required to present valid government-issued identification cards or documents with their photograph.
This includes the following:
- Philippine Identification, Social Security Service ID,
- Government Service Insurance System e-Card,
- driver’s license,
- National Bureau of Investigation clearance,
- police clearance,
- Firearms’ License to Own and Possess ID,
- Professional Regulation Commission ID,
- Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID,
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration ID,
- Bureau of Internal Revenue ID,
- voter’s ID,
- senior citizen’s card,
- Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card,
- Person with Disabilities card; other government-issued ID with photo
SIM Card Registration for Minors
A SIM may be registered for minors, but it shall be under the name of their parents/guardians who gave their consent and are also registered.
SIM Card Registration for Foreign Nationals and Tourists
Foreign nationals staying as tourists for less than 30 days must register their name, nationality, passport number, and address in the Philippines.
Tourists must present their passport, proof of address in the Philippines, as well as return ticket to their own country or any other ticket, which shows the date and time of their departure from the Philippines.
For foreign nationals with other types of visas and staying for more than 30 days, they are required to present the following:
- proof of address in the Philippines,
- Alien Employment Permit issued by the Department of Labor and Employment,
- Alien Certificate of Registration ID,
- school registration ID for students; or other pertinent documents.
Their registered SIMs are only valid for 30 days and shall be automatically deactivated upon expiration of validity.
SIM Card Registration for Corporations
Corporations may also register a SIM needed for their day-to-day business.
The following are their requirements:
- certificate of registration
- a duly-adopted resolution designating their duly-authorized representative,
- special power of attorney for the registration of SIM of other juridical entities
What are the penalties for false information and fraudulent IDs used for registration?
The law states that those who provide false information or use fraudulent IDs during registration will face the penalty of imprisonment from six months to two years plus a fine of up to Php 300,000.
Those who spoof a registered SIM or sell a stolen SIM will face the same punishment.
The sale or transfer of a registered SIM without compliance with the required registration process will also face penalties, including imprisonment and fines. – WhatALife!