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How to Apply for Solo Parent ID 2024: Complete Guide

Solo parenting can be challenging, but the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) offers a Solo Parent ID to assist solo parents in accessing necessary benefits and support.

The Solo Parent ID is a valuable identification card that grants access to various government programs and services tailored to aid solo parents and their children. Having a ID brings a range of advantages, including government help and entitled leave benefits.

Quick Highlights

  • Solo Parent ID is a government-issued identification card that provides benefits and privileges to solo parents in the Philippines.
  • To be eligible for the ID, solo or single parents must have primary custody of their child/children and must be registered with the DSWD.
  • The ID entitles its holders to various benefits, including support from the government and entitled leave benefits.


To be eligible for a Solo Parent ID in the Philippines, one must meet the criteria defined in Section 3 of Republic Act No. 8972. The following are the qualifications for a solo parent:

  1. A woman who gives birth as a result of rape and other crimes against chastity even without a final conviction of the offender, provided that the mother keeps and raises the child.
  2. A parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:
    • Due to the death of a spouse
    • The spouse is detained or is serving a sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year
    • Physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner
    • Legal separation or de facto separation from spouse for at least one (1) year, as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children
    • Declaration of nullity or annulment of marriage as decreed by a court or by a church as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children
  3. Unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children instead of having others care for them or give them up to a welfare institution.
  4. Any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children.
  5. Any family member who assumes the responsibility of the head of the family as a result of the death, abandonment, disappearance, or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent.

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What are the Requirements for Solo Parent ID?

To apply for a Solo Parent ID card, certain documents must be prepared. These documents are:

  1. Proof of Residency: This certificate proves that the applicant has been a resident in their barangay for at least six months and confirms their status as a single parent.
  2. PSA Birth Certificate of the child/children: A PSA Birth Certificate can be obtained online or in person at any PSA office near the applicant.
  3. Proof of Income: Income Tax Return or Certificate of Indigency
  4. Certification from Barangay Captain: The applicant must get this document from the Barangay Hall where they reside. The certificate must indicate their status as a solo parent.
  5. Application Form: The applicant must fill out the required information and attach a 2×2 ID photo.
  6. Supporting Documents/Certificates: Medical certificate of solo parent and/or child with special needs or Certificate of employment.
Solo Parent ID Requirements

How to Apply for a Solo Parent ID?

Once all necessary documents are prepared, the next step is to follow the application process:

  • Visit the nearest DSWD office or checking their official website for the application form,
  • Fill out the application form,
  • Attach all required documents,
  • Submit the application and inquire about the expected wait time for feedback.
  • It’s important to remember that the application is subject to approval, and if approved, the DSWD will issue the Solo Parent ID.

It’s important to note that the Solo Parent ID is valid for one year and must be renewed at the DSWD office upon expiration. Additionally, the Solo Parent ID is considered a valid government-issued ID and may be used as proof of identification in private and government transactions.

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What are the benefits of having a solo parent ID?

Having a Parent ID provides access to various benefits and support, such as

  • Flexible work schedules,
  • Parental leave,
  • Educational assistance for solo parents children,
  • Price reductions, and cash subsidies.
Solo Parent ID Benefits
Solo Parent ID Benefits

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