The SIM Card Registration Act or RA 11934 mandates all SIM card users, both existing and new, to register their SIM cards with their respective telecommunications providers starting December 27, 2022.
All local SIM cards, including eSIMs, are covered by the SIM Card Registration Act. All SIM card owners are required to register their SIM cards within 180 days from the date of the law’s effectivity. Failure to register your current or new Smart Prepaid SIM card within the specified period will result in deactivation, making it useless for voice calls, internet access, text messaging, and other mobile services. SIM card registration is totally free of charge.
To see the SIM registration links for all networks, visit HOW TO REGISTER SIM CARD IN THE PHILIPPINES
Registering Your Existing Smart SIM Card
Active Smart subscribers of all mobile networks, prior to the start of SIM registration (December 27, 2022), have a deadline of April 26, 2023, to register their SIMs. If you fail to register within the period specified, your SIM will be deactivated automatically.
Therefore, you cannot use the SIM for calls, texts, and mobile data. However, a deactivated Prepaid SIM card will be given a 5-day grace period to register and get reactivated. Meanwhile, the registration duration may be extended for up to 120 days by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
WHERE TO BUY A SIM CARD IN THE PHILIPPINES
Here are the top mobile networks (where you can purchase and get a SIM card) in the Philippines:
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Are minors (below 18 yrs old) allowed to purchase a SIM?
Yes, minors are allowed to purchase a SIM. But minors are not allowed to register their Smart SIM under their name. Said SIMs will have to be registered under the name of the minor’s parent or guardian.
I just turned 18 years old but the registration is under the name of my parent or guardian, can I now register the Smart SIM under my name?
Yes. You my visit an official Smart store to file a transfer of ownership.
SIM CARDS TO REGISTER IN THE PHILIPPINES
- How to Register Smart & Talk 'N Text SIM Card (Registration Link & Step-by-step Guide)
- How to Register Globe SIM Card (Registration Link & Step-by-step Guide)
- How to Register DITO SIM Card (Registration Link & Step-by-step Guide)
- How to Register Sun Cellular SIM Card (Registration Link & Step-by-step Guide)
What are the accepted IDs for SIM card registration?
Part of the registration process will require you to submit any of the valid government ID or documents with a photo listed below:
- Philippine Identification Card (National ID)
- SSS ID
- GSIS e-Card
- Driver’s License
- NBI Clearance
- Police Clearance
- Firearms License to Own and Possess ID
- PRC ID
- Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID
- Overseas Workers Welfare and Administration ID
- BIR ID
- Voter’s ID
- Senior Citizen’s Card
- Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card
- PWD Card
- Other valid government-issued ID with photo
For TAGALOG guide, visit - SIM Card Registration in TAGALOG (Paano mag-register ng SIM?)
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