Gone are those days when everything, including professional ID renewal, was that ‘simple’ – you only have to fill up application form, show your expiring license ID and wait for your ID the following week (or months, depending on the availability of the ID card). With the new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law, you are required to accumulate certain CPD units through seminars, conventions, charity works, etc., to get through the renewal process. Some consider it as additional burden to the professional. Moreover, the online appointment is deemed by many as another form of stress in renewing their ID.
On the contrary, having experienced the process, I find the new system more convenient if you know what to do, well, except for the CPD unit-requirement.
So how can you go over the renewal process with lesser hassle? Here is a step-by-step guide:
- Book an appointment online through their official website: https://www.prc-online.com/.
- If you have not registered yet, visit our previous post “How to register and renew PRC license online?” to know the step-by-step on how to set up a PRC online account. Important Note: The ID picture that you will upload to your profile will be the one used in printing your license ID.
- After registration, click on the “Renewal” tab. You will be directed to a page with dropdown menu, which will ask you the PRC branch where you want your ID be renewed.
- After clicking the branch you intend to renew your license, you will be brought to the appointment page.
- After making your appointment, print your electronically filled up Application Professional Identification Card form. This will be presented to the PRC renewal counter.
- You will then be given a confirmation number with the amount to be paid at accredited payment centers. You may pay through any Bayad Centers, 7/11 branches, LBC branches, Cebuana Lhuillier, and other branches.
- Before going to the PRC office, make sure you have and have done the following:
- Booked online appointment following the steps above.
- Original and one (1) photocopy of the Official Receipt of the payment made at accredited payment centers.
- Original and one (1) photocopy of certificates indicating the CPD units acquired. If you do not have enough units, you have to sign an undertaking located below the Application for PIC form. It has to be notarized with one (1) Php 20-worth documentary stamp.
- Original and one (1) photocopy of your expiring ID license. You may renew your ID license as early as 6 months prior to expiry.
- Upon arrival at the PRC office, have your certificates verified. A separate counter inside the office is assigned for it. The personnel will stamp the certificate as “USED”.
Proceed to the ID renewal counter with the required documents.
Wait for your new license ID. It is usually released within the day. In my case, I had to wait for over an hour. But it is dependent on the processing time of the branch.
This article is contributed by Jaminah Macabanding, a physician by profession. She blogs at The Pinoy MD.