Scam and spam messages continue to spread and are not stopping. Good thing, the Philippine government created a way to stop these crimes. Republic Act No. 11934 or the “Sim Card Registration Act” is a law that attempts to stop crimes perpetuated through SMS. Sim Card Registration starts on December 27. Every SIM card holder must register their cards, regardless if they are new or existing SIM card holders. If you want to know how is the process, this might help you.
Sim Card Registration Guidelines
Registering your SIM card is completely FREE. Subscribers will have 180 days starting December 27 or the effectivity of the law to register their SIM cards. Do note that an unregistered sim card will be deactivated but may be reactivated within five days of deactivation.
How to Register Sim Card:
New and Existing Prepaid Users
To register a new or existing SIM card, users will need to provide the following details:
- Full name
- Present or official address
- Identification card and ID number
- Any valid government-issued ID, including:
- Philippine Identification System ID
- SSS ID
- GSIS ID
- Driver’s license
- NBI clearance
- Police clearance
- Firearms’ license to own and possess ID
- PRC ID
- IBP ID
- OWWA ID
- BIR ID
- Voter’s ID
- Senior citizen card
- PWD card
Postpaid subscriber needs to confirm their information and data through the online registration form provided by the Telco provider.
Businesses and Organization
If your sim card is for business purposes, you need to provide the following information:
- Business Name
- Business Address
- Full Name of Authorized Signatory
All minors or users under 18 years of age will have to register their sim cards under the name of their parent or guardian. A valid ID and proof of consent must be provided by their authorized guardian.
Foreigner users will need to provide the following details:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Address in the Philippines
- Type of travel or admission document presented
- ID number or number of the document presented
NOTE: If you hold a tourist visa, your sim card will only be valid for 30 days. You may request an extension if your visa extends as well.
Link Where to Register:
Lost Sim Card
If you lose your sim card, you need to report it to your telco provided right away. You will be asked to provide the following information.
- Date of Birth
- Mobile subscriber number
- Other relevant and reasonable information
Penalties and Violations:
Not registering your sim card will lead to the following penalties:
- First offense: Fine from ₱100,000 to ₱300,000
- Second offense: Fine from ₱300,000 to ₱500,000
- Third and subsequent offense: Fine from ₱500,000 to P1,000,000 for every offense
- Selling or transferring registered sim card without complying with registration requirements: Fine from ₱100,000 to ₱300,000 or imprisonment for six months to two years
- Inaccurate information to defraud six years imprisonment or a fine of ₱200,0000
It is important that we Filipinos follow all the laws to make the Philippines a better place for each and every one. So, set your alarm on Dec 27 and register your sim card as soon as possible.