TIN Registration for Government Transactions

If you are entering into any government transaction such as the sale of a real estate property, transfer of land title, or even changing the ownership of your car, you will definitely need to have a TIN for you to finalize the deal.

Getting a TIN for government transactions

However, getting a TIN for government transactions could be a challenge for someone who doesn’t have a TIN yet, such as those who have never been employed nor owned a business.

For starters, it’s quite a feat to know where to go and get a TIN. I know it can be very annoying, time-consuming, and costly to hop from one BIR revenue district office to another then another…

So before anything else, here’s a checklist of the things you need to know (and bring) in order to get your TIN as quickly and as smoothly as possible:


ð       Check your address first and then visit this link: You will find the list of RDOs, their addresses and contact numbers, as well as their respective areas of jurisdiction. Now this can be pretty tricky as there are certain areas that are further sub-divided, such as Quezon City which is divided into North, South and Cubao, as well as Makati which is divided into North, South, East and West. In any case, make sure to call the BIR Contact Center (02) 981-8888 first to confirm your RDO.

ð       Get a copy of the BIR Form No 1904 from this link:

ð       Print and accomplish the form, make sure your name and date of birth are the same with that in your birth certificate or if female and married, supported by marriage contract

ð       Head to the RDO and take with you the accomplished form together with your birth certificate or any ID card showing your name, address and birth date, and marriage contract (if married).  You may refer to this link, for more details:

Release of TIN

The BIR’s Citizen Charter states that under normal circumstances, it takes 21 minutes to process a TIN application under BIR Form 1904. However, I take this to mean ideal circumstance.  It would still be wise to bring your favorite gadget, book, some comfort food, water and lots of patience with you in case of prolonged waiting time.


Now, what if you were hired for work or decided to put up a business to be an entrepreneur? You might as well know the steps in applying for TIN registration update. So, stay tuned!


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~Colin Powell

(updated link 8/8)

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Getting a TIN for Government Transactions

8 thoughts on “Getting a TIN for Government Transactions

  • August 29, 2013 at 12:14 am

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    • September 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

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  • October 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    What are the documents needed when you apply for a TIN# for driver’s license??

  • December 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Hi a friend of mine was told last week at the BIR in manila, they don’t issue these id’s anymore? I cant find any information to say they don’t. Any update on this would be much appreciated. She is trying to get a passport.


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