Have you forgotten or lost your TIN? Fret not, it is possible for you to recover your lost TIN, that is, the number assigned to you as a taxpayer. You may likewise, request for a replacement card if you wish.

How to recover your TIN
source: www.vinodnarayan.com

2 Ways to Recover Your Lost TIN

1. Pick up the phone and dial (02) 981-8888. It’s the hotline of the BIR Contact Center where tax and TIN inquiries in the Philippines are answered. A BIR representative will attend to you and I would suggest to exercise politeness when you are asked about your identity as BIR has strict rules on taxpayer confidentiality.

2. Go to the nearest BIR Revenue District Office (RDO). You may want to check their address first from this link: http://www.bir.gov.ph/index.php/contact-us/directory/revenue-district-offices.html where you will find the list of RDOs, their addresses and contact numbers, as well as their respective areas of jurisdiction. Remember to bring any valid identification, as this may be requested.

Whew! Isn’t it such a relief to know that you’ll reunite with your TIN soon?

Replacement of Your TIN Card

Now, if you wish to get a new copy or replacement of your TIN card, you may follow these steps:

  1. Download and fill-up the BIR Form No 1905 -on replacement of lost/damaged TIN Card,
  2. Prepare an Affidavit of Loss, see http://www.dptlaw.asia/forms/LEGAL%20FORMS/Affidavit%20of%20Loss%20Sample.pdf, and have it notarized. You may  refer to the back of the form for the requirements.
  3. Submit the accomplished form and the notarized affidavit of loss to your RDO. You may need to pay a replacement fee of Php100 for loss card.

If you have further queries on this, you may call the BIR Contact Center.

Your TIN does not exist

This happens when you fail to supply correctly your registration information to the BIR representative. So, make sure you are who you claim to be and you indeed have been issued a TIN.

In case you haven’t been issued a TIN yet, you may check these other posts:

  • If you’re a student and would like to know how to apply for a TIN, you may click here.
  • If you’re a new employee and would like to know how to apply for TIN, you may click here.
  • If you need a TIN for a government transaction, you may click here.
  • For self-employed individuals and professionals, you may click here.

If you’re wondering how a cardboard TIN card looks like, you may click here.

Good luck!

“Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.”
Franz Liszt

(updated link 8/8)

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2 Ways to Recover Your Lost TIN

One thought on “2 Ways to Recover Your Lost TIN

  • April 10, 2014 at 8:00 am


    I just want to ask about my TIN number which I forgot, first I apply for another number and reply shows that I have already a TIN number. Can you help me to get my number please

    Name : Roberto Austria Carillo
    Birthdate: June 7, 1978

    Thank you in advance,,


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