Everything You Need to Know About the New Sim Card Registration Law in the Philippines

Last updated on May 29th, 2023 at 09:26 pm

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The Philippines recently passed a new law requiring all sim card owners to register their sim cards. This law is meant to increase security and help protect citizens from the risks associated with unregistered sim cards. As a result, it’s important for all Filipino citizens to understand the requirements of this sim card registration law and what it means for them. In this blog post, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about the new sim card registration law in the Philippines.

What is the new Sim Card Registration Law?

The new Sim Card Registration Law in the Philippines is a requirement for mobile phone subscribers to register their Sim cards with their network provider. This law will commence on December 27, 2022, and it is designed to protect the rights of mobile users. The aim of the law is to make sure that only legitimate users can access mobile services, and to reduce the risk of fraud. It will also help the government track down people who are using mobile devices for criminal activities, such as terrorism or money laundering.

Who is required to register their SIM cards?

New users, foreign nationals, minors, and existing prepaid subscribers must register their SIM cards. For those who live in remote places with limited internet connection, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ,and Department of Education will cooperate with all telecom providers to help them register their SIM cards. Registration is FREE!

List of IDs can be presented:

  1. Driver’s license
  2. PRC ID
  3. SSS ID
  4. Voter’s ID
  5. Any valid government-issued ID with photo
  6. GSIS ID
  7. Passport
  8. NBI clearance
  9. BIR ID
  10. IBP ID
  11. Philippine Identification System ID
  12. Firearms’ license to own and possess ID
  13. Senior citizen card
  14. OWWA ID
  15. Police clearance
  16. UMID
  17. PWD card

What are the penalties for not registering your SIM card?

  • For giving false information to register a SIM, you will be imprisoned for six months to two years or fined at least 100,000 pesos but not more than 300,000 pesos or both.
  • For selling or transferring an unregistered SIM card: imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of P100,000 to P300,000, or both.
  • For fraudulent use of a registered SIM card: Six years imprisonment or a two hundred thousand pesos fine, or both.
  • For telcos who refuse to register a SIM without a valid reason: For the first offense, they will receive a fine of P100,000 but not more than P300,000. For the second offense, they will receive a fine of no less than P300,000 but no higher than P500,000. And for the third and subsequent offenses -telcos could be fined no less than 500,000 pesos but not more than 1 million.
  • For all charges of stolen SIM cards-Imprisonment ranging from six months to two years, or a fine not less than 100,000 pesos but not more than 300,000 pesos, or both.
  • For violation of confidentiality: Telco providers are liable to a monetary fine between P500,000 and P4 million.

In conclusion, it is clear that the new Sim Card Registration Law in the Philippines is a welcome step towards increasing security and curbing crime. The law requires all mobile phone users to register their sim cards with the National Telecommunications Commission in order to continue using them. This law is an important measure in order to prevent the use of unregistered sim cards for illegal activities, and it is essential that everyone complies with the new law. Although the process of registering a sim card may seem cumbersome at first, it is a small price to pay for the security of our citizens and our country.

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Lorence Laudenio

Lorence is an IT grad who loves to travel. He shares tech updates, trends, and his travel journey, aiming to inspire others by blending his passions.

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