This entry is intended for professionals with expired PRC ID. 😉
Woot! I am currently on Day 12 of my 15-day vacation in the Philippines. Aside from the sightseeing and the road trips, I also have to run some errands during my stay.
✓ CFO seminar
✓ IELTS Academic Exam
✓ Dental check-up
✓ Medical check-up
✓ Hair spa/Body massage (DIY mode! Thanks to Watsons products, haha)
? Eye check-up (Won’t probably manage to do this)
✓ Renew PRC ID
My PRC ID expired 7 months ago. I actually thought of skipping this errand because of the heat and traffic jam and all the hassle that is Manila and public service. But I changed my mind after learning that if your PRC ID, or your professional license, had expired for 5 years and more, you will have to take refresher courses before you can renew it and practice your profession again. Now, I wouldn’t want to do that. So I forced myself into getting a good night sleep, and at 5:30am, I headed off to Manila from Laguna. Yes, that early! The Philippine Regulation Commission opens at 8am, but queues start as early as 6 or 7am. That’s how it works.
So, how does one renew an expired PRC ID? Easy. It takes approximately 10-20 minutes, depending on the time of the day and the length of the queues.
Things to bring: your old PRC ID, Php 450 (renewal fee) + Php 30 (annual fine for expired IDs), 1 passport-sized ID with white background and name tag, a black pen and a pastetube/glue. 😉 It is also important that you know your board exam date.
Now, if you are not familiar with the directions going to PRC and your only option is commuting (taking public transpo), please do yourself a favor and avoid believing websites or individuals telling you that you can take any jeepney or bus with a bold P.R.C. sign on the windshield! If you don’t heed my advice, you might find yourself lost on the streets of the Philippine Racing Club, which is also abbreviated as P.R.C. Again, do not just take any public transportation vehicle with a P.R.C. sign. The safest thing to do is to take any public transpo going to Taft, and then transfer to another transpo mode going to Quiapo. Kindly ask the driver to drop you off at PRC/Morayta. Some jeepneys also have PRC/Morayta signs on their windshields. Take that jeep!
Now, once you are at PRC, get a renewal slip from the Information counter, which you will find to your left as soon as you pass the gate. I was expecting to get the big renewal form I saw on some websites (you can print them out and use them), but the staff handed out only a small slip of paper. That’s more economical, if I may say. Fill out the slip and paste your ID picture, and then, proceed to Window 16, Ground Floor of the second building. Give it to the staff, and then, wait for your name to be called.
Get your assessment form from Window 17, and then go to the Cashier to pay the Php480 fee. You can pay at Window 23, Window 1, or at the Cashiers outside the building.
Don’t forget to take your Official Receipt and your claiming stub, which looks like this:
It contains the date on which you can claim your renewed ID from Window 27. In my case, I can claim my renewed ID after one week. I am no longer in PH at that time, so a relative will go and pick it up for me. 😉
NOTE: As of December 2015, there is no option for Speed ID or Express or Regular Mailing service. Don’t expect to get your renewed ID after 1 hour, 2 hours, or within the day as you might have read from other websites.
I made this entry for future reference. I hope you’d find it useful as well. Good luck! 😉