While I have an SSS number, I've never had a card. I hear that it'll be like an all-in-one valid ID. If you have an SSS # and you're a regular contributor, you're eligible to apply. Why not, right? It's free!
Applying was easy. Lines can get a bit long at the main branch, though. I finished in 2.5 hours.
Here's how to apply:
1. Fill out form. Download here! You may get a copy of the E-6 form in SSS. Read instructions! Don't forget your valid ID and no need to have it photocopied.
I noticed that the back portion of the hard copy is different from e-form. Go through this for additional instructions and reminders.
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2. Get a number at information counter.
|They were serving #380 when I got there.|
3. Enrollment / Evaluation. When your number is called, the SSS officer processes your form.
|People were called in groups of fives.|
4. Picture taking, fingerprinting, signing, and confirming of billing address.
|Selfie at a government office.|
Super lovin' the ID picture station!
After that, I went home. Card will be mailed within 2-3 months. (That long?!)
Let the waiting game begin!