How to Apply for a Digital TIN ID 

Taxpayers can now apply for a Digital TIN ID and avoid enduring long lines in Revenue District Offices, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

The Bureau of Internal Revenue’s service allows taxpayers to get a TIN without having to line up in person.

Applying for a taxpayer identification number (TIN) ID can be time-consuming and a challenge. This is the problem that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) seeks to address by introducing the Digital TIN ID. 

According to the BIR’s Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 120-2023, “The Digital TIN ID is now available for individual taxpayers who want to secure a BIR TIN ID.” Anyone can apply for one whether or not a physical ID card has already been issued. 

“Instead of visiting and falling in line in BIR Revenue District Offices to secure a physical TIN Card, taxpayers are advised to secure the Digital TIN ID online,” the memorandum circular adds. 

BIR reminds the public that the Digital TIN ID is a free service, and the ID is not for sale. It likewise warns against online sellers offering TIN ID assistance due to risks involved. These include the possibility of receiving a fake TIN ID.

How to Apply Online 

Applying for a Digital TIN ID online is a simple and straightforward process. The first step of this process requires going to the Online Registration and Update System (ORUS) website and creating an account. From there, choose the “Apply for Digital TIN ID” option. 

The applicant will then be required to upload a 1×1 ID photo taken within the past six months. The photo should have a white background without a border. It should reflect the current appearance of the applicant. 

ORUS will then ask for the applicant’s information, which is a requirement that needs to be completed in order to secure a Digital TIN ID. 

What to Keep in Mind About the Digital TIN ID 

While it is not a physical ID card, the Digital TIN ID is a valid government-issued ID and is not meant to be a temporary ID. This means taxpayers can use their Digital TIN ID during transactions banks, employers, government agencies and institutions, and more. 

It should be noted that the Digital TIN ID does not contain the taxpayer’s signature. In order to verify the legitimacy of a Digital TIN ID, users can employ ORUS and simply scan the QR code using a mobile phone’s camera.