This year, I was able to renew my PRC license even though I’m still based abroad. I really like PRC’s move to make their services accessible online. You can set appointments and make payments online, hassle free through their online platform LERIS.
Our teaching license is only valid for 3 years, so you’ll need to renew to get your new Professional Identification Card as well. It’s pretty straight-forward if you’re based in the Philippines, but if you’re based abroad, you’ll need to secure other documents such as a Special Power of Attorney. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. I linked an editable copy of the SPA and Authorization Letter to help you get started, just click on the links below.
Documents You'll Need:
- Special Power of Attorney (SPA), notarized at the Philippine Embassy (SR 100)
- Authorization Letter
- Photocopy of your ID and your representative’s ID Card
- Printed PRC Application Form (Generated from LERIS website)
- Appointment Printout/Screenshot (Generated from LERIS website)
- (1) 2×2 ID Photo (white background, updated and different from your old photo, no eyeglasses.)
- Old PRC ID Card
- Processing Fee (450 Pesos)
- CPD Certificates (for those renewing after December 2020)
Steps to Renewing Your License
Step One: Choose your representative based in the Philippines. It could be a relative or friend who is willing to go through the process of renewal for you.
Step Two: Write an Authorization Letter and a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) allowing your representative to transact with PRC to renew your license on your behalf.
Step Three: Have your SPA notarized at the Philippine Embassy where you’re based. In Riyadh, you’ll need to bring your valid ID, the original document (signed by you and two other Filipino Citizens as your witness), 3 copies of the signed SPA and your ID, and a fee of SR 100 per document.
Please avoid going to the Embassy on Sunday and Thursday because they’re really jam-packed during those days. In my case, we went there on a Tuesday at around 3 p.m.and my notarized document was released by 5 p.m.
Step Four: Go to the LERIS website. Log in and update your information. Click Select Transaction > Select Renewal. On the drop down list, choose Professional Teacher and enter your PRC License Number. From there you can choose which branch and appointment date is still free. You can choose to pay for the renewal via the branch’s cashier on the actual renewal appointment.
Step Five: Print the form that LERIS will generate. You’ll need to take a screenshot of the appointment confirmation. Your representative will show that to the staff on the assigned date.
Step Six: Compile all the documents listed above and send the physical documents to your representative, either through friends or through a courier service.
Step Seven: Make sure that your representative arrives on the appointed date and time.
If you will be renewing soon, try to access your LERIS account and secure an appointment before your PRC ID expires. I tried to secure an appointment close to my card’s expiration date, but the only available schedule left was 60 days later!
According to my representative, it was fairly easy to renew. It just took a while to pay at the cashier because of the long queue. The staff were friendly and easy to talk to and they released the new ID card on the same day. So yay!
At the time of my PRC ID renewal, I wasn’t required to submit any CPD units for compliance. However beyond December 2020, they will require us to submit the full CPD units for compliance, so plan ahead.