With the SIM Registration Law now in effect, the government requires subscribers to register all SIM cards. This law also covers roaming SIM cards that our kababayans use overseas, according to a statement from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
SIM card registration will begin on December 27 and be completed 180 days later. If you are a current subscriber, you will wait for your telecom provider to send instructions on how to register online. Meanwhile, if you buy SIM cards during the registration period, you can register before using them.
Your Guide to SIM Card Registration
Starting December 27, 2022, all current SIM cards will need to be registered. This is in accordance with the recently signed SIM Card Registration Bill, as reported by the Philippine News Agency. Subscribers have 180 days to register their SIM cards. And there is another 120-day extension to register. When the SIM card is not activated within the given period, it will become deactivated.
According to DICT, this law not only covers the SIM cards used in the Philippines but also those used for international roaming. The three major telecommunications companies: Globe Telecom Inc., Smart Communications Inc., and DITO Telecommunity, will send instructions or a link for their subscribers to register. If you have an international roaming SIM card, your telco provider will send you a message with the link or app to register.
Subscribers will provide some personal information to the telco provider. In turn, the telco provider will verify the information before completing the registration process.
SIM Card Registration Procedure
Don’t let your SIM card get de-activated. Rappler provided instructions regarding the registration.
In case you are wondering which SIM cards need registration, these refer to embedded SIM, SIM used with a broadband modem, and internet-of-things devices. Registration is free. And the telecommunications provider will provide the website or link for their subscribers to use.
You will provide the following information to your telco provider:
- Full name
- Present or official address
- Government-issued ID and ID number
Here are the government-issued ID card or document with a photo that you can use:
- Philippine Identification System ID
- SSS ID
- GSIS ID
- Driver’s license
- NBI clearance
- Police Clearance
- Firearms’ license
- PRC ID
- IBP ID
- OWWA ID
- BIR ID
- OWWA IF
- Voter’s ID
- Senior citizen card
- PWD card
- Other similar government-issued IDs with photo
Both prepaid and postpaid subscribers will register the SIM. If you are a postpaid user, you will only need to confirm the information in the app or link that the telco company will provide. Meanwhile, prepaid subscribers will provide the personal information mentioned above via a link or website from the telco.
Meanwhile, the SIM cards of minors also need to be registered. However, the registration will be made under the name of the parent or guardian. The minor will also give their consent.
In the event that you lose your SIM card, you should report it to the corresponding telco provider. On the other hand, you should also update your telco provider regarding any changes in your information.