Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How I got my BIR TIN ID card

As I am currently unemployed, I have all the time in the world to do the things that I failed to do when I was still working. I realized that after 7 years of working I only have 2 valid ID's so I decided to collect all the possible valid ID's that I can use.

One of the easiest ID to get is the TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) ID card from BIR. Although it is not considered as a primary ID for some offices or establishments, this card does not expire; you do not need to have it renewed from time to time thus making it the most convenient ID to have.

My Free and Easy Experience

I went to RDO (Revenue District Office) No. 38 as my previous workplace is part of the North QC district. It is located in West Ave. Building, 112 West Avenue, Quezon City - in front of St. Vincent School. Before entering the premises, be sure to wear an appropriate attire as BIR implements a strict dress code for visitors. (shorts, flip flops, short skirts, spaghetti strap and sleeveless blouses are not allowed). I went there wearing slippers, thankfully the guard allowed me to enter as it was raining during that time. I told him that I am applying for my TIN card and he told me to go to the 3rd floor.

Upon reaching the 3rd floor, there is a small reception with one office staff. I told the person about my intention, he asked me if it was my 1st time to apply for the ID and I said yes. He then gave me the application form and another piece of paper with a number in it and told me to go to Counter 5. I then sat on the waiting area, filling out the necessary details such as my name, birth date and TIN number. Much to my surprise in less than 2 minutes the lady on the counter was already shouting my number.

The lady verified the details that I wrote, she also asked me to write my address. After that she gave me the claim slip and told me that I can get it the next day from 8AM to 4PM. It's strange because she didn't asked for any requirements but I still brought 1 valid ID and birth certificate just in case. All in all, the process took less than 15 minutes and it's free for 1st time applicants. I must say that I was satisfied with BIR's service.

I came back the next day with a friend. I just told the guard and the office staff that I will claim my ID and they easily allowed me to enter. same old step, I waited for the lady on Counter 5 to call my number. When it was already my turn, she verified my personal details again before giving the card. after that I signed a log sheet containing my record, it is their basis that the ID has been claimed. The process took less than 10 minutes. Kindly take note that they will only give you a paper card. You are going to be responsible for putting your 1x1 photo and of course for the lamination.

Actual TIN ID ( personal details removed for privacy)

My Observations

All in all, I can say that I had a pleasant 1st time experience in getting my TIN ID.

Just a few thoughts and observations based on my own encounter in RDO 38:

1. They did not ask me for any requirements. upon reading other blogs and articles, it is said that most offices require a valid ID and birth certificate. Be ready to bring them just in case.

2. They do not have a cut - off period. they entertain applicants from 8AM to 4PM. Whether you were there early or late, you will get your card the next day. I noticed that most counters only have 1 staff so they don't have time to encode, print and give the card to you on the same day.