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Ultimate Guide on How to Register your Smart SIM for the SIM Card Registration Law

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Overview

The registration of SIM cards (in the Philippines) began on December 27, 2022, shortly after the publication of the implementing regulations for the SIM Card Registration Act.

Republic Act No. 11934: An Act Requiring the Registration of Subscriber Identity Module

In accordance with the new law, companies that provide services in the field of telecommunications, such as Smart Communications, will be required to create a registration platform accessible to their customers, thereby enabling customers to register their SIM cards online simply.

We have listed below comprehensive steps that must be taken to comply with the Registration Act and register your Smart SIM card.

According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), all subscribers have 180 days to register their SIM cards, which ends on April 26, 2023.

Where do I sign up to register my Smart SIM card?

For the Prepaid subscribers of Smart, Bro and TNT registration is required via a special website which can be accessed here — https://smart.com.ph/simreg

Smart is also making SIM Registration easier for postpaid members, who only need to validate the personal information and IDs they gave for their postpaid plan application. Subscribers can confirm this by texting YES to 5858.

What personal information do I need to provide?

As required by the law, you need to input the following information during your Smart SIM card registration:

  • Full Name
  • Birthday
  • Sex
  • Complete address
  • Valid government-issued ID
  • Selfie photo

For Smart corporate subscribers, registering their SIM Cards, additional information is required:

  • Business Name
  • Business Address
  • Full name of authorized signatory

In case the SIM is used by a minor, registertration of your SIM card should be under the name of the parent or legal guardian.

What ID’s are accepted in the SIM Registration law?

According the Law, the acceptable Valid IDs or any similar form of documents with photo that will verify the identity of the end-users include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Valid Passport
  • Philippine Identification
  • Social Security System ID
  • Government Service Insurance System E-Card
  • Driver’s License
  • National Bureau of Investigation Clearance
  • Police Clearance
  • Firearms’ License to Own and Posses ID
  • Professional Regulation Commission ID
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration ID
  • Bureau of Internal Revenue ID
  • Voter’s ID
  • Senior Citizen’s Card
  • Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card
  • Person with Disabilities Card; or
  • Other valid government-issued ID with Photo

I am a visiting foreigner, how can I register my Smart Prepaid SIM?

In the meantime, individuals with a foreign nationality who are in the country temporarily on a tourist visa can register their SIM card for up to a month (30 days) before it is deactivated automatically.

The following forms of identification are needed in order to register a SIM card as a foreign national:

  • Proof of address in the Philippines (affidavit or letter from the owner of the location the foreign national is staying, or affidavit from the hotel or lodging where the foreign person is staying) Passport
  • A ticket with a date and time of departure that is valid for travel back to the country of departure
  • SIM card activation is permitted without the 30-day time limit for foreign citizens holding a different type of visa.

I have several Smart Prepaid SIM, can register them all?

Abosultely!

There is no cap placed on the number of SIM cards that can be registered under a single identity.

However, you will need to register EACH SIM card independently by following the links to their own registration portals.

Is there a deadline for the SIM Card Registration?

Yes, sir!

Again, the government agency who is in-charge of the implementation of the law states that all subscribers have 180 days, or until April 26, 2023, to register their SIM cards.

What happens to my SIM card if I failed to register?

All unregistered SIMs would be terminated automatically.

That means, you’ll have:

  1. No outgoing and incoming calls. You can’t make or take calls.
  2. No sending and receiving messages.
  3. No internet access.
  4. No load balances. Once your SIM is deactivated, all your remaining load balances will be forfeited.

Final words

We encourage everyone to register their SIM cards as soon as possible. Let’s not wait for the the last day.

Also, share this article to your friends so that they are fully informed about the SIM Registration Law.

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