The iDOLE OFW Identification Card is a recent conceptualization for OFWs that is being materialized and created this year of 2017 upon its release. This new, simplified, and modernized integrated identification system allows the OFWs to have their own identification and passport system for enhanced functionality and overall convenience. Before then, our OFWs have the traditional certificates that prove them as legitimate Filipino workers in the country or nation that they’re working in. Considered as a milestone for OFW development, its first release is expected to be seamless in processing and functions offered.

The main concern is that people involved need a chunk full of information with regards to what are the needed aspects in having this OFW ID card. There comes the array of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of the people in relation to getting their OFW ID card and possible online verification (for the ID verification purposes). In order to obtain one, questions asks as to who, what, when, where, or even why.


From online applications, future OFW ID app, digital ID card systems to be established, electronic passport database, there are several aspects of the OFW ID card that are most asked with answers correspondingly stated. Let us find, ask questions and get answers to the following:

1. How Much OFW ID? Is this FREE?
– As of concurrent moment, it is now totally FREE. No fees will be collected in order to obtain the OFW ID.

2. What if this is the very first time going back in PH. No OEC yet and everything. What do I need to present? Just employment contract and visa?
– The process of sparing new incoming OFWs without OEC will be subjected directly to OFW ID card processing. This means that convenience is greatly enhanced. Employment contracts and other supporting documents are recommended to be prepared beforehand.

3. How OFW Working abroad or outside Philippines can get the Card?
– There are online applications that can be accessed by the OFWs. This can be accessed into the central database of DOLE and furthermore, all will be preceded to the counsel stations near the designated foreign country.

4. How long is the OFW ID Processing?
– The processing can take around 20-30 minutes (verification in the official DOLE OFW roster)

5. When will the OFW cards be issued?
– The target date for the official, global launch of the I-DOLE card is August 2017. Starting August, an OFW can avail of the card from the embassy, or when on vacation, in any of the POEA regional offices and at the DoLE Building in Intramuros, Manila.

6. How can an OFW who changed their registered address as per POEA records claim the ID?
– There are POLO offices in the host country that they reside in. In there, you can claim your OFW ID card.

7. What happens to those who changed employers and have not yet updated their information with POEA?
– Updating of the central database of POLO and DOLE of the official OFW Roster will be done to confirm certain changes in registered address, employers and fees. Certain charges will apply as coordination of POEA and POLO initiates.

8. Does the OFW ID have expiration?
– The card holder can locate the expiry date (Travel Exit Clearance) which is valid for two years from the date of issuance. This is entitled travel tax exemptions.

9. Can a Former OFW be a recipient of OFW ID?
– Yes, current and former OFWs can receive the new OFW ID card.

10. Are directly hired OFWs eligible to get the OFW ID?
– Yes, they are included in the recipients of the new OFW ID card.

11. What are the other uses of the OFW ID?
– Initially made as a convenient and modern replacement of the OEC, in the future, this can act as an e-passport for Overseas Filipino Workers.
– In addition, this can serve as a debit or credit card in the OFW bank (opening soon).

12. How secured is the OFW ID?
– The new OFW ID card showcases enhanced security measures because of its anti-tampering technology.

13. Is there an available app for the OFW ID?
– Plans have been laid with regards to the creation of the OFW ID app. Development of the alpha stages for the application (Android and iOS) are planned for the OFWs.

14. What is the official website of OFW ID?
– visit: iDOLE Balikbayan eServices Official Website build in react web development and Javascript jQuery.

SEE ALSO:3 Easy Steps In Getting OFW iDOLE ID from ABROAD

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19 Comments on "15 Most Asked Questions About (Overseas Filipinos) OFW iD Card"

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I am leaving my host country by next month (Sept. 2017) for good, How will i`m going to get my OFW ID?


Good day!

Question q po paano qng nandito na kami sa abroad at gusto kumuha ng idole pwd po ba kami mg fill up thru online and pano po nmin makukuha at sure po ba na makakarting saminin..

Please advise!



good evening po, meron po akong oec last 2015 pero ng nagpa register ako sa bm (balikmangagawa) online at pinagsasagot ko mga questions doon, ng hiningi sa akin ang oec number wala po sa database ng number, cannot be found? paano po yan eh flight ko na bukas sept 14 pm. makakaalis po ba ako?

milagros liquigan tambiao
milagros liquigan tambiao

Paano ako makakuha ng ofw id.s dole at anu ang pwedeng requirements kc ang passport ko nasa agency n ngaun ung valid id lng hawak ko pwede po ba khit valid id lng ang ipapakita ko kc my record nman n ako s poea kaya ngaun gusto ko kumuha ng ofw id bago ako umalis ulit anu ang paraan pra mkakuha ako.saka makuha ko ba agad ang ofw id.n yan

please paki explain valid na ba ho hindi ang pag kuha ng IDOLE ofw id Ohh my God paulit ulit click ko
lagi nag rereflect invalid lahat naman click ko pag open ko yong BOm online ko correct. pudpod na hintuturo ka registerd ayaw naman accept. please explain

I follow the step one by one podpod na daliri ko puro invalid lumalabas paano maging invalid correct OEC excemption naman type ko valid last oct 2017 lang at meron din me ng November exemtion


Hello please po…sa pag fill up po panu kumuha ng idole online need po ng oec n valid October ang last ko po Feb 2016…try ko rn po n ilagay pero invalid found nga po…panu po gagawin…pauwi n po ako s Dec 20 2017 balik dn po ako s January 10 2018 same employer parn po..
Salamat po…


lag in lang po kayo sa para makapag ask ng exemption, maggegenerate po siya ng new OEC number, yun po gagagmitin niyo para makapag apply ng ofw card

puro kasinungalingan many times nag try invalid credentials hayyyyyyyyyyyyy kahit updated ang oec mo may October ako may November din ako same result invalid credential


Create your OFW One-Stop-Shop Account – para magapag register ka dyan dapat ang OEC mo dated Oct 10,2017 onwards.Pano po ung may Oec per expired na or issued last April 2017. ano dapat naming gawin para makapag register at makakuha ng OFW ID? Please paki sagot naman po.


The system will only accepts OEC number/exemption number with validity date from October 16, 2017 onwards.


Create your OFW One-Stop-Shop Account – para magapag register ka dyan dapat ang OEC mo dated Oct 16,2017 onwards.Pano po ung may Oec per expired na or issued last April 2017. ano dapat naming gawin para makapag register at makakuha ng OFW ID? Please paki sagot naman po

rogelio porras
rogelio porras

paano po ang proseso sa tulad ko na nag change ng company,ano po mga need na requirements para makakuha ng IDOLE abdito po ako sa dubai at dito ko rin balak kumuha nito..

1 week nako ka registerd same nganga no one reply para malaman when schedule to pick up. if wala sa pinas paano ma pick up. no other option kundi sa poea ortigas main. really ano bang serbisyo meron tayo sa pinas. maganda promotion sa add sa katotohanan parang na ngangapa sa buwan madilim kc la naman nag feed back



yes none sense araw araw check ko wala update maybe waiting for another 1 year for their reply

Visitacion Capistrano
Visitacion Capistrano

Pede na po bang kumuha Ng I’d..


ask k lng poh paanu kng matagal kna ndi umuuwi s sting bansa my record kb ng owwa,?


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anita canuel matandac
anita canuel matandac
personally I just go to poea main ortigas last week. Yes dahil since december nag apply ako thru online so no any update\ sana don sa application may option na delivered nlang d yong pick up you pa ng personal .sayang ang oras at gastos ng 1 OFW dahil lang sa IDOLE ID nayan. ofcourse sabi nga kung meron ka IDOLE ID eh mas ok. pero kung ikaw naman pababalik balikin dahil sabi nga la pa ako don sa list nila. Hopefully gawan nila ng update don sa application online at tell nila after 3 months or 6 months or… Read more »