How To Apply for SSS Membership for Self-Employed Individuals

Steps on How To Apply for SSS Membership If You Are Self-Employed

HOW TO APPLY FOR SSS MEMBERSHIP FOR SELF-EMPLOYED – Here are the steps in registering to be a member of the Social Security System.

Have you heard about the many benefits of being a member of the Social Security System? Even if you are not working in the private sector as you run your own business, whether it is a big or small one, you may be a member of the state-run social insurance institution.


While the SSS contribution will make a cut from your monthly salary, there are long lists of the SSS loans and SSS benefits that you may avail. Most of the offers address financially-challenging situations including unemployment, disability, calamity, and even death.

The Social Security System has crafted different lists of procedure and requirements in applying for an SSS membership among th aspiring members. The state-run social insurance institution’s membership is also open for OFWs and those who want to apply for a voluntary membership.

How To Apply for SSS Membership for Self-Employed
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If you are a self-employed individual, here are the steps on how to apply for SSS membership to ensure a smooth process:

Gather the documents required by the Social Security System. In the case of the self-employed individuals, here are the documentary requirements set by the state-run social insurance agency:

  • duly-accomplished and signed SSS Membership Application Form (SSS Form RS-1)
  • prepare an original and a photocopy of one (1) valid primary document such as the following:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Baptismal Certificate
    • LTO Driver’s License
    • Passport
    • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Card
    • Seaman’s Book
  • In the absence of a valid primary document, you may submit original and photocopies of two (2) of the following secondary documents:
    • Bank Account Passbook
    • ATM card with the cardholder’s nam
    • Birth or Baptismal Certificate
    • Alien Certificate of Registration
    • ATM card and certification from the issuing bank if the account number doesn’t bear the cardholder’s name
    • Certificate from various authorities
    • Certificate of Naturalization from the Bureau of Immigration
    • Certificate of Licensure, Qualification Document, or Seafarer’s ID from the Maritime Industry Authority
    • Company ID
    • Company Representative Authorization Card issued by SSS
    • Fisherman’s Card issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
    • Credit Card
    • GSIS Card or Certificate of Membership
    • ID card issued by professional organizations recognized by the PRC
    • Health or Medical Card
    • Life Insurance Policy
    • ID card issued by Local Government Units
    • Marriage Contract
    • NBI Clearance
    • Pag-IBIG Member’s Data Form
    • Membership card issued by private companies
    • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration card
    • PhilHealth Member’s Data Record
    • School ID
    • Police Clearance
    • Postal ID
    • Senior Citizen Card
    • Seafarer’s Registration Certificate issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
    • Tax Identification Number (TIN) Card
    • Transcript of School Records
    • Temporary License and Student Permit issued by the Land Transportation Office
    • Voter’s Identification Card or Affidavit

Go to a branch of the Social Security System and submit your duly-accomplished SSS Form RS-1 which is intended for self-employed applicants and the photocopies of your IDs.

Once the process is done, the Social Security System (SSS) will give you your SS number. However, if you have employees in your business, you need to register as an employer first and get an employer ID.

If you are dealing with hectic schedules, you may turn to the SSS Online Member Registration process. Through it, you can register anytime and anywhere you are.

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