Anyway, here's my adventure.
7:30am - left the house.
7:45am - reached SSS San Francisco del Monte branch. There was a lot of people lined up already but only a few employees were available.
7:50am - got the E-6 form. The form in their website is not updated so might as well get from an SSS branch.
8:00am - finished filling up the form and figuring out where to line up. I swear this was the most confusing part.
8:10am - the line is moving! Figured out that one of their employees is now available.
8:35am - presented E-6 form to SSS employee. For valid IDs, I showed him my company ID and ATM card with complete name. I forgot to take a photo of the IDs required, but here's what I can remember:
- Primary IDs like passport, seaman's book, PRC.
- Secondary IDs (present two of these with one of them with your photo):
- Valid NBI clearance (validity is up to one year from date printed, so check first)
- Company/school ID
- ATM card with complete name (if no name, present bank certification)
- Credit card (not specified if complete name is needed but maybe same with the ATM card rules)
- Birth certificate
- Baptismal certificate
- Baranggay clearance
- Driver's license
- Postal ID
- Voter's ID
- TIN ID (although I don't think the BIR issues this anymore, not sure)
8:37am - my identity has been verified and I proceeded to biometrics. This is the last step. It takes around 3-5 minutes to finish.
8:40am - out of the SSS office and off to Jollibee. Yahoo! :)
- Bring all the valid IDs you can think of. You'll never know how strict/overbearing the employee assigned to verify your identity will be. In my case though, he wasn't strict and was really following the list of requirements.
- If you brought your own E-6 form, make sure that it is not outdated. Better yet, get a new one from the branch and fill it up. Some people brought outdated forms this morning and unfortunately those were not accepted.
- Do not wear any jewelry near the face like earrings, nose rings, necklaces. They will ask you to take them off before taking your photo anyway.
- Do not wear contact lenses, for the same reason as tip #2.
- Do not be afraid to ask. Guards and employees assume that you already know what you are doing once you're inside the branch. They don't help out if you don't ask.