In the Philippines, all licensed professionals are required to renew their Professional Identification Card or PRC ID to legally continue practicing their profession. This is one way the government can ensure the quality and competencies of professionals within our labor force.
Recently, however, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has required applicants to apply online for their license application and renewal.
How to Renew PRC License Online
In line with this, here are some updates on the requirements on the online process and renewal of licenses according to the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC).
One of the important updates that most Filipinos might have heard a couple of years back is the need to have CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credit units for the renewal of their PRC license.
Although this has already been cited as one of the requirements, the good news, though, is that it wouldn’t be fully implemented until December 2020.
So this means that for those who would like to renew their PRC IDs are not mandated to fully comply yet with the required CPD units until December 2020.
For now, the only requirement is “an undertaking to complete the required CPD credit units for the next compliance period.”
In other words, those who wish to renew their PRC IDs can do so even if they haven’t met the required CPD credit units, as long as they submit an Affidavit of Undertaking.
This affidavit is already included in the “Undertaking” section so there’s no need to submit a separate affidavit anymore or to have this undertaking notarized either.
In line with this, as of March 1, 2019, new transitory provisions regarding the implementation of the CPD Law will begin.
These provisions maintain that:
- Professionals working abroad (overseas) are not required to comply with the CPD requirement;
- New board exam passers and recently licensed professionals shall also not be covered by the CPD requirement; and lastly,
- The required CPD credits have been reduced to no more than fifteen (15) CPD units.
However, there are also exemptions to such provisions which apply to certain professions, as follows:
- Professions which are required by their Professional Regulatory Laws to comply with a specific number of CPD credit units for the renewal of their PRC ID card; and
- Where the professional intends to practice the profession in countries covered by bilateral, regional, or international agreements in which CPD is a recognition and eligibility requirement, such as the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs).
These exemptions require certain professionals to earn CPD units beyond the 15 units minimum, depending on what’s cited in their respective professional regulatory law or international professional agreements signed by the respective CPD Council.
Step-by-step Guide to Renewing PRC License Online
The PRC ID is valid for at least three (3) years, renewable on the licensee’s birth month. In line with this, applicants may renew their PRC ID before the expiration date. Doing this will not affect the one (1) year validity as a result of the early renewal, as per the PRC.
And although the PRC now processes renewal applications online, you will still need to visit a PRC office to personally submit all required documents. You can do this by scheduling your Online Appointment details. Here is the step-by-step guide:
STEP 1: Log on to the PRC-Leris Website
Visit the PRC online renewal and application website.
Note: For those who have previously created an account at the PRC’s old website (www.prc-online.com), you will need to create a new account via the PRC-Leris website as all user accounts created on the old website are NO longer active.
In some cases, the PRC-Leris website may be down due to heavy traffic. Alternatively, you can access either of the two mirror links provided by the PRC which are:
Important: First-time users will need to register for an account first. Once you’ve done this, just log in to your account then skip to Step #3 below. Otherwise, proceed to Step #2.
STEP 2: Register an Account and Complete your Profile
As mentioned, first-time users will have to register and complete their profile. Make sure to have the following information before you begin:
- A valid e-mail address (with password)
- A working mobile or cellphone number
- Personal data (including date of your graduation)
- Soft copy of ID photo, saved in .jpg format on a computer, phone or tablet. The photo must be 2×2 in size, in plain white background; taken no more than 6 months before PRC ID renewal, and the applicant must wear decent attire WITH COLLAR in the photo.
Once you have all the requirements ready, you may then proceed to create and register an account by clicking the register button and follow the instructions provided there.
After you’ve created an account, sign in using the email address and password you used to create your account.
Once you have signed in, you can complete your profile by filling out the forms provided. After you’ve inputted all the required information, hit the “save information” button.
Next, you will be required to upload an ID photo.
Note: If your ID photo is rejected, your application will also not be approved so be sure the photo you will upload must comply with all the following requirements:
- 2×2 in size;
- In plain white background;
- Applicant must wear decent attire with collar in the photo;
- Applicant should not be wearing eyeglasses in the photo;
- Ears of the applicant should not be covered; and
- The photo should have been taken no more than 6 months before PRC ID renewal.
STEP 3: Schedule an Appointment.
When you’re done creating an account and are ready to apply for an ID renewal, simply log on to the website then click the “TRANSACTION” button located at the top-right portion of the page.
In the “Select Transaction” section, select the “RENEWAL” option, then choose your profession from the list provided from the drop-down menu then provide your PRC License ID Number. Click the “Proceed” button to load the next page.
Next, on the “Online Appointment” page, select the PRC Office (from the drop-down menu) where you wish to apply for renewal. You will then be given a tentative Appointment Date and Time. If you wish to reschedule, just click the “Reschedule?” button and select a new Appointment Date.
STEP 4: Pay the Renewal Fee via PRC Cashier, Landbank, or UCPB
After you’ve selected a schedule from the available dates, you will be shown the total amount that you need to pay for the processing of your ID renewal.
To proceed with payment, click the “Proceed” button then choose your preferred Payment Method:
- At the Cashier of the PRC office where you set your online appointment;
- Via Landbank’s e-Payment portal by paying using your LandBank ATM or Savings account, a Savings or Debit account in any Bancnet member bank, or through Globe’s GCash;
- Via UCPB online payment portal (UCPB Connect), mobile banking app, or over-the-counter deposit at any UCPB branch.
If you opt to pay online via your Landbank ATM account, be sure to prepare the following since you will have to input these numbers to process your payment:
- Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) Savings Account Number – This is your 10-digit bank account number
- Joint Account Indicator (JAI) – This is usually the number “0” if the account is owned by a single person or individual or either “1” or “2” if it is a joint account
- PIN – you will have to input your PIN by pressing the numbers buttons on the PIN Pad.
On your account dashboard, once you’ve inputted everything correctly, click “Submit” to proceed with payment.
Important: Do note that this step is irreversible, meaning, your Landbank account will automatically be debited once you clicked “Submit”. If the payment is successful, you will receive a confirmation message for the successful transaction.
Note: To print your payment details, go back to the “Profile” page, click “Existing Transactions”, then click the “Payment Details” button. You will then see the “Payment Confirmation” form. Click the “Print” button to print the payment details form.
STEP 5: Show up on time on your appointment date.
After you’ve settled the payment for your application, you can finally proceed to the PRC Office on your date of appointment and bring your signed Renewal Application Form, printed Payment Confirmation form, and other documents that may be required by the PRC.
Here are some tips and warnings in case you get stuck or encounter issues at any point of this process:
- Same-day appointments are not allowed. This means that all applications should set an appointment in advance.
- Professionals working overseas are NO LONGER required to meet the CPD unit requirements set by the PRC to renew their licenses.
- Newly licensed professionals who will renew their PRC IDs for the first time are exempted from the required CPD units.
- If you encounter any technical concerns, you can send a message to the PRC via their help desk e-mail.
- For payment concerns and issues, you may contact the PRC via their hotline number 405-7000 or through email via email@example.com.
That’s it! As with most kinds of applications and appointment-setting, you will only need to prepare the required documents ahead of time and be sure that all guidelines and procedures are fully met.