By CNN Philippines Staff, November 30, 2023; CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 30) — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said that a digital version of the taxpayer identification number (TIN) ID is now available.

In a memorandum circular dated Nov. 29, the BIR said that there is no need to queue in revenue district offices (RDO) as the digital TIN ID can be availed online for free.

The bureau noted that it can be presented as a valid government-issued ID for any transaction. It added that digital TIN ID holders do not need to secure a physical card version.

“With this new system, we can eliminate the practice of fixers and scammers selling TIN online while giving taxpayers a convenient alternative in getting a TIN, instead of lining up at our Revenue District Offices,” said BIR Commissioner Romeo Lumagui Jr. in a statement.

The BIR also said that the digital TIN ID does not require a signature as it can be verified by scanning the QR code on it via the agency’s online registration and update system (ORUS).

But taxpayers who want to apply for a digital TIN ID must first update their email address by submitting an accomplished registration update sheet via email to the concerned RDO.

To apply for a digital TIN ID, one must log on to the BIR ORUS and upload a 1×1 photo with white background.

The BIR warned that uploading of any unrelated photos, such as animals, artists, cartoons or other person’s photos, shall be subject to penalty.