When you are already a part of the workforce, one thing that companies will always ask from you is your SSS number. It is essential for every working person to have this as being an SSS member gives you access to a good number of benefits such as retirement benefits, social insurance, maternity benefits, healthcare, loans, funeral, and sickness benefits.
So what exactly does one need to do to be a member? And is it difficult?
Let’s start with what the requirements you need to submit upon application.
1. SSS E1 Form
You can get this in the location itself or you can download it online and print it yourself. Either way, getting one is easy.
2. Birth Certificate
You need to bring the original and the photo copy.
3. Primary ID
You can bring any of the follwoing (original and photo copy):
- a. Baptismal Certificate
- b. Driver’s License
- c. Passport
- d. PRC Card
- e. Seaman’s Book
4. Secondary ID / Supporting Documents
If you don’t have any of the documents listed above, you may also bring any of the two:
- Alien Certificate registration
- ATM Card with cardholder’s name
- ATM card and, if it does not bear cardholder’s name, certification from the issuing bank that the account number belongs to the cardholder
- Bank Account Passbook
- Birth/Baptismal Certificate of children.
- Certificate from the Office of the Northern/Southern Cultural Communities or Office of Muslim Affairs
- Certificate of Naturalization issued by the Bureau of Immigration
- Company ID
- Company Representative Authorization Card issued by the SSS
- Credit Card
- Fishermen’s Card issued by the Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources
- GSIS Card
- GSIS Certificate of Membership
- Health or Medical Card
- ID card issued by local governments (e.g. Barangay, Municipality, or City)
- ID card issued by professional associations recognized by PRC
- Life insurance policy
- Marriage contract
- NBI Clearance
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Card
- Pag-Ibig Member’s Data Form
- Permit to Carry Firearms issued by the Firearms & Explosives Unit of the Philippine National Police
- PHIC Member’s Data Record
- Police Clearance
- Postal ID Card
- School ID
- Senior Citizen Card
- Tax Identification Card/Affidavit
- Transcript of school records
- Voter’s Identification Card/Affidavit
Once you have all the necessary requirements, just go to the nearest SSS branch. It’s advisable to go there the earliest possible time to avoid the crowd. Also, bring your own pen.
- Fill up your SSS E1 form.
- Prepare your valid ID’s, birth certificate, and the required photocopies and submit it together with the E1 form. You might need to wait in line for a certain period of time so it’s best to be patient.
- You will be given your own personal copy of the E1 form. Take note that your designated SSS number will be found at the upper part of the form. Do not lose your E1 form as you will always need a copy of it especially if you don’t have an UMID/SSS ID yet.