The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), more popularly known as the National ID System, was created to ensure that every Filipino is in the system and that they have access to a valid ID to be used in different transactions.

That said, the Filipino government has made the PhilSys National ID really accessible to a lot of people. They have even employed several methods to ensure a convenient way for people to obtain one.

While getting a card might be relatively easy, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) — the agency behind PhilSys — wants to ensure that each card that’s been issued is real and authentic and that the person that owns the card is using real and legitimate information.

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This is why the PSA created PhilSys Check, also known as the PhilSys QR Code Verification System.

The goal is to make the verification and authentication of the National ID more accessible. This will help promote the financial inclusion of cardholders and unlock access to basic government services.

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Where can I access PhilSys Check?

The PhilSys Check is easily accessible via a web browser on your Windows desktop or laptop, Mac, or on Android for mobile devices. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for iOS or iPhone.

If you are using a desktop computer, make sure it has a webcam (or use your phone as webcam) as you’d need to scan a QR code later.

How to verify a National ID using PhilSys Check?

Step 1: On the web browser (Google Chrome, Safari, etc.) of your desktop or Android device, visit this website: https://verify.philsys.gov.ph/QrScan/

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Step 2: Tap the “Click to scan QR code”. It is right on the home page, so you won’t miss it.

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Step 3: Whether it’s on desktop or Android, you may get a prompt asking for permission to use your camera. Click “Allow”.

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Step 4: Once the camera turns on, point it to the QR code printed in your PhilSys National ID. You don’t have to press anything, just wait for the camera to correctly detect your QR code, and it should automatically process it.

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Step 5: You shall receive a confirmation saying that your “PhilSys QR Code: SUCCESSFULLY VERIFIED”.

It will then display your name, sex, date, and place of birth, PhilSys Card Number (PCN), and date of issuance.

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See also: How to track delivery status of National ID

What is the information shown on the verified PhilSys National ID?

  • PhilSys Card Number (PCN)
  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Middle Name
  • Suffix
  • Sex
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Issuance

Why is the PhilSys Check QR scanner not working?

Are you pointing the QR code to your camera, but it’s not working? Or you’re not getting a confirmation? There are a couple of things you can do:

  • Check if your camera lens is clean
  • Check if the QR code has smudges or any dirt
  • Check for internet interruptions
  • Check if you got the right angle and make sure to wait at least 3 seconds until the system recognizes the QR code

If none of the items on the checklist work, you can try restarting the browser, your computer/smartphone, or try a different browser or device altogether.

Do I need a webcam for PhilSys Check?

Yes. The verification process requires you to scan the QR code on the back of your National ID. You can only do that if you have a webcam on your computer or a smartphone camera.

Does the PhilSys Check work on iOS devices?

No. According to the official website, the PhilSys Check only works on Android devices for mobile. Support for iPhones and iPads should be available soon.

Where can I find the PhilSys ID QR code?

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As seen in the image above, the QR code of your national ID is printed on the back of the card. This code will be used for the easy verification of your card.

What do PCN and PSN stand for in the National ID?

The acronym PCN translates to PhilSys Card Number. It is the 16-digit number at the top of your picture on your ID card.

Meanwhile, the PSN means the PhilSys Number. It is a 12-digit code that’s been micro-printed on the back face of the ID meant for authentication processes. Don’t share your PSN with anyone.

My PhilSys ID has been REVOKED or INACTIVE. What does that mean?

Here are a couple of reasons why your PhilSys ID might have been revoked or tagged as not active:

  • A new ID has been given to the same person
  • The PhilSys ID could have been misused
  • The PhilSys ID could have been reported stolen or lost

If you’re having issues, you can bring your ID to your nearest PhilSys Registration Center or email them at info@philsys.gov.ph.

My PhilSys ID QR code is NOT RECOGNIZED. What to do?

Chances are, your QR code may have been damaged or the information that’s been encoded has been tampered with. If you’re having such problems, you can contact PSA through your nearest registration center or via email at info@philsys.gov.ph.

Is there an app for PhilSys National ID verification?

Unfortunately, the PhilSys Check is only accessible via the online portal that can be opened via an Android or desktop browser. Hopefully, in the future, the PSA could come up with a dedicated Android or iOS app for everything that’s related to the National ID, including the verification.


That’s the step-by-step guide and the things you should know when verifying a PhilSys National ID — whether you are a holder, merchant, or any entity that wants to verify something.



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  1. I want to know the status of my National ID. I applied a year ago but until now I did not receive it!