Nov 10 2014

Alien Certificate of Registration

Alien Certificate of Registration ACR-I Card

The ACR-I card is a requirement for foreign nationals to hold after a certain period of time in the Philippines. It is also required by those foreign nationals to be able to leave the Philippines, together with an ECC (Exit/Emigration Clearance Certificate) [not instead of].

The ACR-I card is issued by the Department of Immigration.

The Tourist ACR-I card

The Tourist ACR-I card has a validity of ONE year, and must be renewed annually.

Originally, the ACR-I card had to be handed in at Immigration when leaving the Philippines. This has now changed, and you retain it now, and it is still valid if you come back before it expires.

Application for an Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)

Who can apply for an ACR-I card?

All foreign nationals who are visa holders of Temporary Visitor’s Visa or Tourist Visa who have stayed for more than fifty-nine (59) days in the Philippines, can apply for an ACR-I card.

The ACR I-Card application must be submitted together with the application for visa (Visa Extension).

Who MUST apply for an ACR-I card?

Who is required to apply for an ACR I-Card?

All foreign nationals under immigrant and non-immigrant visas including holders of Temporary Visitor’s Visa, who stayed for more than fifty nine (59) days in the Philippines are required to apply for an ACR-I Card at expiry of their first 59 days..

Some websites state: All foreigners who stay longer than 6 month in the Philippines on a Non Immigrant or Resident Visa, must have an ACR-I Card.

Renewal of an Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)

Who can apply to renew an ACR-I card?

All foreign nationals who are existing ACR I-card holders and whose basis of renewal is any of the following:

Expiration of the one (1) year validity of the card.
Re-registration of alien upon reaching the age of 14;
Change of visa status;
Replacement of ACR as required under the Alien Registration Act of 1950, as amended.

How much does an ACR-I card cost?

USD 50.00
Plus Php 500.00

Why is this price in US Dollars ?  No Idea !!!

What is an ACR-I card

ACR-I card FAQ

New ACR-I card Issue

New ACR-I card Issue

ACR-I card Renewal

ACR-I card Renewal

What are the Benefits of an ACR-I Card ?

I liked this one from the Dept of Immigration:

4: Achieves higher revenues for the Bureau and the national government through increase in number of aliens who will register and improved efficiency in collection of fees.

However, they are needed if a foreigner wants to open a bank account.

Some websites have stated that a Tourist cannot get an ACR card

ACR-I Tourist cannot get an ACR card

From an unnamed website for foreigners in the Philippines

However, they can…ACR-I card Tourist

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    • Fatima magbuhat on November 29, 2017 at 4:22 am
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    I’m naturalized Filipino born citizen now holding foreign nationality. For me to hold any transaction or simply opening a bank account I’m required to present ACR. How do I acquire it? Can do it on line.Which form to be filled up? If can be done though on line can I authorize someone to collect in behalf of me.

    • Gizelle on November 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm
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    Good day. What is the requirements to get a ACR, my friend want to get a ACR and he is chinese and he work here he only have Passport and TIN as her valid ID thanks

      • admin on November 18, 2017 at 4:26 pm
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      He needs to go to the Dept of Immigration, with passport and visa, and submit the application. They will have all the relevant forms there.

    • Ameerah on November 17, 2017 at 4:24 am
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    Hi.. just wanna ask if this ACR-I card is really required for baby? Last year, I got 1 for my daughter because she is an egyptian passport holder and we stay in Philippines for 4 mos., we just keep it, we didn’t use it anywhere. Till now it is not clear with me what is the purpose of that i-card? Can we go Philippines using that I-card, no need to process visa for her? Thanks.

      • admin on November 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm
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      An Tourist ACR-I card cannot be used instead of a visa. I am not really sure how they use it, other than as a type of ID card. When mine expired, I was told not to worry and just get another when I go to renew my visa again. You need a valid visa to get an ACR-i card.

    • Mhiya Bautista on November 1, 2017 at 12:42 pm
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    My husband is Omani we applied for voluntary ACR I Card..The BI staff told us to extend his visa first for 1month coz his tourist visa is only for 1 month just to complete the 59days requirements on applying acr i card..other says that the validity of the ACR I Card is depend on the extension that you applied to the it means that the validity of the acr card is only for 1month?…2days after the application he flew back to oman and leave SPA for me to get the ACR card..pls help me on this he always visit here in the Philippines every by the time he come back here his acr card is already expire..

      • admin on November 1, 2017 at 1:57 pm
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      It actually seems pointless getting an ACR-i card, if you are staying for a short time each trip.

      I had to get one when I left, but only because I needed an ECC to be able to leave and my ACR had already expired. Immigration had previously told me to renew it in a few months time when my 6 month visa expired. But I left before my visa expired, and, like you, had to get another months visa renewal, just to get the ACR card, so I could get an ECC and leave…
      I never picked up the ACR card, so not sure about the validity period, but I expected it to be valid for a year, as I was told I could collect it next time I came, even though my visa would have expired.
      Is there a reason he needs an ACR-i card?

        • Mhiya Bautista on November 2, 2017 at 1:00 am
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        Hi Admin,

        Thank you for the quick response, He need the ACR I-card coz we are planning to open a joint account when he come back..He only stays here for 2 to 3weeks every 4mos that’s why we need to prepare the necessary documents.

          • Abby Barcela on November 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm
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          Hi Ma’am Mhiya!
          Did the Admin answered already ?

    • manoj on October 16, 2017 at 11:54 pm
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    my expiry date of ACR card is on 18th january 2018, and im going for a vacation so that i will be arriving on 16th of january. so do they allow me in the airport? and what’s the re entry permit of acr card?

      • Luca on October 17, 2017 at 1:38 pm
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      ACR card could be an issue (if expired) only when dealing with the bureau or when leaving. I don’t think anyone will ever ask you the ACR card on arrival and anyway it s not even expired in this case. Is it a tourist ACR card?

        • manoj on November 9, 2017 at 12:39 am
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        it’s a student visa.

  1. Hi admin my friend over stay for 1 year and 2 months in the philippines does he need acr and how much would it be?

      • admin on October 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm
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      He will need to get an ACR card before leaving the Philippines, as it is needed to get the ECC (Exit Certificate), and of course all unpaid visas, together with all unpaid ACR fees, will need to be paid, with the penalties, before being able to leave.

      You need to review this:
      It could run up to about 40-50,000 pesos.

    • Mike Reynolds on October 2, 2017 at 11:16 pm
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    If I have a valid ACR card do I need an onward plane ticket out of the Philippines to obtain re-entry? I have been out of the Philippines for 2 months?

      • admin on October 3, 2017 at 10:09 am
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      By the rules, you almost certainly will require one, although I have never been asked to show my return/outward ticket on arrival. It has only even been asked for at the airport of departure when flying to the Philippines. The airline want you to have one in case you are refused entry, and they have to fly you back again. That is what was explained to me when I tried to go to the Philippines on a one way ticket.
      An ACR card is not a guarantee of entry.

    • mathew goodbourn on September 5, 2017 at 9:46 pm
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    Hi, is it possible to renew my Alien Card from the UK? I am not returning to the Philippines until January 2018 and my card expires in October 2017. I am wondering if i can renew at the embassy in the UK. Thanks for any advice, Matt.

      • admin on September 6, 2017 at 8:55 am
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      The need for this ACR card confuses me.

      When mine expired, while in the Philippines, I went to renew it and was told I can’t renew until my visa needs renewing. So I had to wait until I did the next visa renewal.

      Tnat was a wasted trip, but it got worse. I ended up leaving before my visa (a 6 month one) expired, and I needed the ECC to leave. To get the ECC I needed an ACR card, and to get that I needed to renew my visa even though I didn’t need the visa renewal.

      If you have no need for one, then just get one again when you return to the Philippines.

    • gretchen delacruz on August 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm
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    gd pm i ask what is the requirements of aileen certification my fiance he wants to take a aileen certification he is a france nationality..what is the processing

    1. The Bureau of Immigration will tell him when he needs it, at the time he does his visa renewal.

    • Christina estep on August 8, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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    Can my husband get an ACR card even though he was granted BB visa thru me? He wants to open a bank account in his name. Thanks

    1. The answer is maybe. I have heard that some people have got them on a Balikbayan visa, but others say they can’t.
      I suggest going in and applying, and explain why it is needed.
      Maybe the ones that didn’t get it, never explained why it was needed, and weren’t given one because it isn’t needed by law.

    • Macs on July 29, 2017 at 6:41 pm
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    Hello, i’m was a Philippine citizen and turned into US citizen recently. I got my passport changed just this month. The problem is, i already enrolled in a school at the Philippines since I’m planning to study there. I’m planning to apply for a dual citizenship when I get back, but school starts pretty soon. Do i need this still?

  2. May i know how long it will take to get the ACR id after the personal appearance in immigration? Thank you.

    • Daisy Boco on May 5, 2017 at 11:50 pm
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    Hi there. Does a naturalized citizen of any country other than Philippines still need to apply for an ACR if applying for a bank account in the Philippines? We’ve been Filipino’s since birth but changed our citizenship 3yrs ago. Thanks!

    1. If you have some suitable Philippine ID then I doubt if it would be an issue.

    • Anil on May 5, 2017 at 7:39 pm
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    My frnd is staying in phillpenes as medical student and she applied for ACRcard . But unfortunatly it will be little late, and now she want to go on vacation to India for a month. Is it a problem while returning she will face some problem due to that she don’t have acr card.
    Is it compulsory to have it?
    She is on student visa for 5year
    Plz reply
    Thank you

    1. It is compulsory to have it, but no one ever asked for mine when arriving.

      It was needed to apply for the ECC though. Or at least the receipt for payment.

    2. Hi Anil! That is my concern too.. May I know how long already since your friend applied for ACR? Did she already get her id or not yet?

  3. What and why tourist need to have the ACR ??? It this there personal background and information?? This ACR help our country to protect from terrorist ??

    1. It just seems to be another record of a tourist in the the country that stays longer than a few weeks. It doesn’t seem to be used for anything else though.

  4. Did ACR help to know forrienger come to PHILIPPINES..if good or they do bad in there country.. I’m just worried because more tourist coming to PHILIPPINES is terrorist.. this ACR help to know the personal background of the tourist ????

    • Miles on April 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm
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    Hello, good day. My friend wants to apply for ACR; what is the maximum time that she can stay here in the Philippines if she apply as TOURIST in ACR? Thank you very much. I am looking forward to your reply.

    1. Depending on the persons nationality, it can be 3 years with regular visa renewals. After 3 years people are supposed to leave and start again.

        • Miles on April 19, 2017 at 2:24 pm
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        Thank you very much.

        • Paul on April 19, 2017 at 11:12 pm
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        Can I apply online,


        1. Not as far as I am aware.
          Fingerprints and photo requirements make it a personal appearance application.

    • Charlotte Turtor on March 24, 2017 at 3:07 pm
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    A foreigner would want to buy a condominium here in the Philippines. Is ACR required in purchasing the said property?

    1. An ACR card is needed for any stay after a pretty short time (59) days, so it would be expected to have one. However, I somehow feel it wouldn’t be asked for, unless as a form of ID, although a passport would seem to be enough.

    • Luca on March 7, 2017 at 5:43 pm
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    hello i have one doubt if anybody knows please tell me. do i need to do the annual Report at immigration? Im a Tourist ACR I – Card holder. i dont think i need to do it but if anyone knows please answer

    1. I never needed to. I think it is only for residents, not visitors.

        • Luca on March 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm
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    • Camille Alcala on February 22, 2017 at 12:47 am
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    I have doubt with my korean boyfriend if he is telling the truth that he is single., but with the help of ACR i prove it that he is single..
    One day he forgot his passport together with his ACR in our house and i saw the information in civil status and he is single ..

    • Mary Grace Soriano on November 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm
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    My boss need a bank account in the Philippines as he travel here regularly. Is it possible to obtain an ACR card straight away (within the first 7 days) upon entry to the Philippines in order to open a bank account? Or would he have to wait 59 days before he could make the application

      • Cheng on December 28, 2016 at 10:14 am
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      I have the same problem here

      • Abby Barcela on November 8, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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      I have the same case here ..

    • Diane Hembra on October 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm
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    Can ACR-I Holder allowed to drive a car? He has his drivers liscensed from a country where he come from…Do he needs to get his drivers licensed here? Please answer

      • admin on October 12, 2016 at 5:57 pm
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      ACR-I card has no bearing on driving.

      Foreigners can drive in the Philippines for up to 90 days after their arrival provided that their license is in English.

      If the foreign driver’s license is not written in English, such driver’s license should always be accompanied by an Official English translation issued by the Local Embassy of the issuing country.

      They then need to get a Philippine driver licence.

    • Rob on September 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm
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    I need a bank account in the Philippines as I travel there regularly. Is it possible to obtain an ACR card straight away (within the first 7 days) upon entry to the Philippines in order to open a bank account? Or would I have to wait 59 days before I could make the application.

    • Kenjelesnie on August 20, 2016 at 5:40 pm
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    Does ACR-I that being applied by any nationality except Philippines passport holder need ticket out from Phillipines? Do they need to show the immigration a confirm ticket out from Philippines as soon as they land in Philippines?

    1. You dont get an ACR card until after you have been in the Philippines for a period.

      Also, immigration are only interested in the ACR when you leave.

      On all my trips in, I have never been asked to see a return ticket by immigration. But was always asked at the departing airport in my home country, when heading to the Philippines.

    • Jared Lindstrom on May 10, 2016 at 7:15 am
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    Do our children (both under 4 years old) require this card as well or are they covered under ours?

    1. I just found this from a 1991 regulation.

      The parent or legal guardian of any alien child who is below 14 years is required to register the child within 30 days after birth if born in the Philippines, or immediately upon the child’s entry. Within 15 days after attaining 14 years of age, the alien child must apply in person for registration.

      Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) for an alien 14 years or over P400.00. For an alien below 14 years 180.00.

      Note: These prices were quoted years ago.

        • Jared Lindstrom on May 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm
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        Thank you

    • Lyle Law MSgt USAF RET on January 27, 2016 at 4:27 am
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    On form 2015-08-002 it ask for “ACR NUMBER”. Where on card is the ACR Number

      • admin on January 27, 2016 at 7:05 am
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      That’s a good question, and one I wondered about too.
      There are two numbers on the ACR-i card, or maybe three depending on your visa status.

      A resident once told me that the number is on the front at the line at the bottom, where it says: Cert of Res:
      His had a number, mine had the words “Not an Entry Visa“.
      I think that section is the Visa number not the ACR number.

      There is a number on the front, at the left, above the chip. The example one in the above post begins with F1405….
      That’s the number I use.

    • Jojo on January 18, 2016 at 9:32 am
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    Hello.. I have a friend under 9(g) visa and her visa will be valid only until Jan 21. Due to some circumstances, she can’t extend her visa until Jan 20 but she must leave the country on Jan 24, means the interim visa also not possible. Could you suggest what she can do with this situation? Is leaving the country without extend her visa and return with tourist visa possible? Thanks.

      • admin on January 18, 2016 at 10:04 am
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      JoJo. Your friend MUST renew the Visa, before it expires. She can do this at any BoI at any time before the Visa expiry date.

      They may be able to grant a Visitor Visa if the 9g cannot be renewed. But she must go to the BoI office and see what can be done as soon as possible.

      Other than that, she will have to pay all the costs and penalties / fines etc at the airport and face delays.
      This could cause missing a flight if not enough time is allowed.
      Being able to board the flight without paying the visa renewal and penalties is very unlikely.

      Foreign Nationals who shall apply for the reversion of their immigration visa to temporary visitor/tourist to continue to stay legally in the Philippines

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