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How to Apply for SSS Number

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Social Security System in the Philippines provides multiple benefits to members such as social insurance, retirement, loans and healthcare assistance. A Filipino citizen is eligible to join this insurance system, allowing each member to save up for retirement or avail of the other benefits.

First Time Registration
To become a member, an applicant needs to fill up an E-1 or Personal Record Form and submit required documents for verification purposes.
Upon completion of the form, submit it along with certified true copy and photocopy of any of the following: the following:

  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) card
  • Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book, or Seaman’s book

If an applicant fails to secure any of the above documents, he or she can submit two of the documents listed below, each containing a recent photograph and date of applicant’s birth.

  • Alien Certificate of Registration
  • ATM card with cardholder’s name
  • ATM card and, if it does not bear cardholder’s name, certification from the issuing bank that the account number belongs to the cardholder
  • Bank Account Passbook
  • Birth/Baptismal Certificate of children.
  • Certificate from the Office of the Northern/Southern Cultural Communities or Office of Muslim Affairs
  • Certificate of Naturalization issued by the Bureau of Immigration
  • Company ID
  • Company Representative Authorization Card issued by the SSS
  • Credit Card
  • Fishermen’s Card issued by the Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources
  • GSIS Card
  • GSIS Certificate of Membership
  • Health or Medical Card
  • ID card issued by local governments (e.g. Barangay, Municipality, or City)
  • ID card issued by professional associations recognized by PRC
  • Life insurance policy
  • Marriage contract
  • NBI Clearance
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Card
  • Pag-Ibig Member’s Data Form
  • Permit to Carry Firearms issued by the Firearms & Explosives Unit of the Philippine National Police
  • PHIC Member’s Data Record
  • Police Clearance
  • Postal ID Card
  • School ID
  • Senior Citizen Card
  • Tax Identification Card/Affidavit
  • Transcript of school records
  • Voter’s Identification Card/Affidavit

Once you have an SSS Number, and have contributed into the system for one month, you may apply for an SSS ID card.

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SSS E-1 form (download)


Obtaining SSS ID

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To be able to obtain an SSS identification number, one must be an active member of the SSS with at least one month’s worth of contribution. Fill out an E-6 Form and submit the form at your local SSS office along with any of the following requirements:

  • Passport
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) card
  • Seaman’s book

If the member cannot produce any of the three documents above, he or she can submit two of the following (with recent photograph):

  • Driver’s license
  • Valid National Bureau of Investigation clearance
  • School or company ID
  • Postal ID
  • Senior citizen card
  • Voter’s ID
  • Savings account passbook
  • Alien certificate of registration
  • Government Service Insurance System member’s record
  • Certification from the Office of Southern/Northern Cultural Communities or Office of Muslim Affairs
  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) card
  • It is recommended that submissions of copies of documents should be accompanied with original authentic document. SSS office will not keep the original copies but only use them for verification.


SSS E-6 form (download)

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ID Clearance and Photo

After submission of the E-6 form and accompanying documents, you will be granted an ID Clearance which is a small piece of paper where your scheduled ID capture will be printed. Depending on the workload of the office, you may be asked to return a few days later for ID capture.

It is worth noting that during your scheduled ID capture, processing will be done on a first-come first-served arrangement. Once it is your turn, a clerk will attend to you and retrieve your personal data such as fingerprint, specimen signature, facial image and ask you to enter a confidential 4-digit pin on a keypad.

Issuance of SSS ID

After your turn at the SSS desk and ID capture, you’re basically done with your application. Next step is to wait for your SSS identification card and SSS ID by mail. Should you fail to receive the card within 30 days you may inquire at SSS office.

SSS Offices

SSS Offices in Metro Manila
SSS Offices in Rizal

SSS Inquiries

If you have any questions about SSS, please go to its Facebook page and follow the instructions for proper handling of your questions.




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