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Procedures In Correcting Problems On Birth Certificate

Issues with birth certificates such as misspelled first name, wrong gender or no first name should not be ignored. Your birth certificate is an essential document required in enrolling your kids to school, securing a passport, signing up for SSS membership and others. The official website of the Philippine Statistics Authority provides solutions to common problems people encounter when securing their birth certificate. 

Blurred 

If the record of PSA is blurred, the local civil registrar shall be requested to endorse a copy of the birth certificate with clearer entry in the first name to the PSA.

If the record of PSA and civil registry are both blurred, a petition for correction of clerical error under the provisions of R.A. 9048 should be filed.

Wrong Spelling

The wrongly spelled first name in the birth certificate should be corrected by filing a petition for correction of clerical error under the provisions of Republic Act 9048.

No First Name

If the name of the child in the birth certificate is blank, a supplemental report should be filed to supply the missing entry.

 

First name used is different from the first name entered in the birth certificate

If the first name used is different from what is entered in the birth certificate, the first name in the birth certificate shall be changed by filing a petition for change of first name under the provisions of R.A. 9048.

Change of first names like Ma. to Maria should be corrected by filing a petition for change of first name under the provisions of R.A. 9048.

First name is "Baby Boy", "Baby Girl", "Baby", "Boy" and "Girl"

If child is born before 1993

The first name “Baby Boy”, “Baby Girl”, “Baby”, “Boy” and “Girl” as considered as if the first names were omitted, hence these are cases falling under the procedure of supplemental report. (Memorandum Circular dated September 12, 2008 re “Revisions n Paragraph 2, Case No. 1 of Memorandum Circular No. 2007-2008)   

If child is born in 1993 onwards

In 1993 onwards the “Baby Boy”, “Baby Girl”, “Baby”, “Boy” and “Girl” are already considered as a first name and can be corrected by filing a petition for change of first name under R.A. 9048. (Memorandum Circular dated September 12, 2008 re “Revisions n Paragraph 2, Case No. 1 of Memorandum Circular No. 2007-2008)

For more information about supporting documents you need to secure and other problems related to birth certificate, visit Philippine Statistics Authority's website

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