The Manila City Hall Series: Requirements and Fees for Legitimation and Acknowledgment Part 9 of 16

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A child who is born to unmarried parents is considered illegitimate.  When his parents decide to get married later on, his birthright may be changed to Legitimate after they satisfy the requirements for his legitimation.

Here are the requirements, steps, and fees when filing for legitimation and acknowledgment at the Manila City Hall:

What you need to bring:

Bring the ORIGINAL copies of the following documents to the Manila City Hall at Room 117-A:

  1. Latest Local Certified True Copy of the birth certificate of the child.
  2. Latest Copy of PSA Marriage Certificate of Parents.
    • If issued in Manila – certified true copy will suffice
    • If issued outside Manila – PSA (NSO)/SECPA copy only
  3. Latest Copy of Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) of both parents from PSA (NSO).
  4. Original Baptismal Certificate of the child.
  5. If the name of the father does not appear on the birth certificate of the child, submit at least two (2) supporting documents from the following:
    • SSS-E1 or E4 of the father where the child is declared as beneficiary.
    • GSIS of the father where the child is declared as beneficiary.
    • Income Tax Return of the father where the child is declared as beneficiary.
    • Philhealth of the father where the child is declared as beneficiary.
    • Insurance of parents where the child is declared as beneficiary.
    • Original Copy of Report Card (F-138) and Certified True Copy of School Record (f-137) of the child wherein the name of the father is declared and the signature of the father is affixed on the card.
    • Statement of Assets and Liabilities
  6. If mother is deceased, submit the latest Certified True Copy of PSA Death Certificate.
  7. If father is deceased, an Authentic Writing will be needed. In this case, submit the following documents listed under number 5 or any other records that will prove the filiation of the child or documents to show that the father has acknowledged the child.
  8. Submit a photocopy of the valid ID and Community Tax Certificate of parents.

Process of Filing:

  1. Parent/s must appear at the Manila City Hall for interview.
  2. Bring valid IDs and Community Tax Certificate for verification.
  3. If the child is of legal age, he must appear for interview as well.  Bring valid IDs and Community Tax Certificate for verification.

All applications for Legitimation and Acknowledgment are subject for evaluation.  Interviews are done every Tuesday and Wednesday only.

Fees:

  1. Legitimation with Paternity         P540.00
  2. Legitimation without Paternity P590.00
  3. Legitimation with Paternity         P620.00
  4. Legitimation without Paternity  P670.00

Source: http://manila.gov.ph/services/civil-registry/

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39 thoughts on “The Manila City Hall Series: Requirements and Fees for Legitimation and Acknowledgment Part 9 of 16

  1. Paano po sa mga supporting documents kagaya ng sss philhealth ayaw po siyang ibenificiary kase po nakaapelyido pa po sa nanay? Kailangan daw po nakaapelyido sa tatay

  2. Hi ask lang po paano po kung mag kaiba po ung pirma ng nanay sa b. Certi. Ng anak tapos ung I’d na ipapasa nya para sa requirements Mag papa legitimate po kasi. or pwede po ba wag nalang ipasa ung I’d baka pwede po birth certificate nalang ng nanay. Pls help po

    1. You can get the best answers to your questions doon mismo sa munisipyo kung saan kayo mag apply ng legitimation. They will decide kung ano ang pwede at hindi pwedeng i-submit na documents and IDs.

  3. Hi tanong lang po. Kailangan pa po ba ng cenomar para sa requirements?? At paano po kung walang valid I’d ang nanay?

    1. Are you asking kung requirement ang CENOMAR for legitimation? I think not, but best if you ask the LCR directly para sigurado (they may have updated their list of requirements, minsan din, the list of requirements is based on the applicant’s specific case).

      The parents must have valid IDs po. They can get a Postal ID, PhilHealth, Passport, Driver’s License, etc.

    1. Not all municipal or city halls require the CENOMAR to get a marriage license. Best if you ask the city hall where you are applying for a marriage license directly for their specific requirements.

  4. Hi Good afternoon po..
    Ung mother ko po kasi married po sya sa una niyang asawa.
    1992 po ako pinanganak.
    Namatay po unang asawa ni mama is 2002 or 2003 tapos po nag pakasal po sila ni papa 2010 po kung di ako nagkakamali.
    Sa birth certificate ko po surnme lang po ng Mother ko ko po nakalagay.

    1. Lumalabas kasi na anak ka ng una niyang asawa dahil kasal pa siya dun nung ipanganak ka. So kung ano ang apelido niya noon, yun ang apelidong dala mo ngayon.

      Mag inquire kayo sa LCR kung pwedeng mag file sila ng LEgitimation Due to Subsequent Marriage para magamit mo ang apelido ng biological father mo. Kung hindi naman pwede yun, dapat ampunin ka ng father mo para magamit mo ang apelido niya.

  5. Hi Good day po.. Ask ko lang po kung pano ang proseso sa ganitong case, i gave birth last 2013 to my daughter unfortunately hindi kami ok ng father nya so naipanganak ko sya na walang middle name and shes using my maiden name, ngayong 2015 po naging ok kami ng father nya and planning to get married this year (2019). Paano po ang legitimation process? Thank you and God bless..

    1. Hi Viena,

      You can file for Legitimation Due to Subsequent Marriage. Here’s how:

      1. Secure the following documents from the city / municipal Civil Registrar’s Office (C/MCR) where the birth of the child was recorded:

      a. Affidavit of Paternity / Acknowledgement (Certified Photocopy)
      b. Joint Affidavit of Legitimation
      c. Certificate of Registration of Legal Instrument (Affidavit of Legitimation)
      d. Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate with remarks/annotation based on the legitimation by subsequent marriage.

      2. Verify the original birth certificate at the National Statistics Office (NSO). If negative result, secure it from the C/MCR Office where the child was originally registered (certified photocopy).

      3. Verify the marriage contract of parents at NSO. If negative result, secure it from the C/MCR Office where the marriage was solemnized (certified true copy).

      Hope this helps.

      MC

      1. Hi MasterCitizen,

        Nakakahiya man pong itanong, magkano po ba ang magagastos namin dito? at kailangan pa po ba namin kumuha ng private na lawyer para ma comply lahat ng mga papers na kakailanganin po?

        if in case kasi wala ren nman po kaming malaking pera para ipambayad kung sakali.. maraming salamat po..

  6. Gud day po, ask ko lang po kung ano po kyang proseso ang pwede nming gawin para maipalipat ang dlawang anak ko s surname ng father nila, ganito po kc un, we were married aug 1998, di po agad nmin ntanggap ung marriage cert nmin, i had my first child april 2000 and my second on april 2001, di po kme nkapag present ng marriage cert s hospital kya po s akin ang ginamit nila surname, and they are illigitimate,, now po for school porposes need po nming ipabago surname nila,pano po kya pwede nming gawin?? Nkasign po ung father nila s paternity s birth certificate nila… Sna po may magreply, thank you po!! God bless..

    1. Hi Mary Jane,

      Kung naka pirma naman po ang father nila sa birth certificate, pwede ninyong ipa-annotate ang birth certificate nila to show that the father is allowing them to use his name.

      Bakit po hindi kayo nakakuha agad ng marriage certificate ninyo? Kung 2 years prior na ipinanganak ang mga bata, dapat available na po yung marriage certificate ninyo at the time of their birth.

      Baka dun po kayo ma-question sa legitimacy ng mga anak ninyo.

      MC

  7. My problema po kasi ako sa birth certificate ko,kasi po ang lumabas sa NSO ay middle name ko lang,wla pong name at apelyido ko,wala rin pong pirma ang papa ko,mama ko lng po,kasi di pa po sila kasal nung ipinanganak ako nung November 1985, magkano po kaya magagastos ko?

    1. Hi Ma. Cristina,

      Subukan mong humingi ng kopya ng birth certificate mo sa LCR kung saan ka pinanganak. Baka meron silang copy na kumpleto ang info.

      Kung meron, i-request mo na ma-endorse ito sa PSA (dating NSO) para makakuha ka ng correct copy ng PSA birth certificate mo.

      MC

  8. Hi po, after po ba macomply ang req and interview lalabas na po ba ang certified true copy ng bc na annotation? Thanku po..

  9. need you help. .

    can we consider it na LATE REGISTRATION un naganap, if yung parents ng child eh got married after nung mag-give birth un mom…

    tapoz later on, the child went to secure his NSO BC pero wla un surname ng dad nya….

    is that LATE REGISTRATION or what…..

    the kid is now 25 yrs old. . .

    if late registration, what requirements are needed for the child to use his father’s surname…

    how much will it cost and the amount of time for the processing….

    thanks for your immediate reply MasterCitizen…

  10. Yung anak namin ni hubby was born in 2003. Hubby and I got married in 2011. Nakumpleto ko na yung mga NSO requirements ng anak namin ni hubby pero last July 2015 pa. Hindi namin naasikaso due to some family emergency with my mother. Eh 2017 na po. Kailangan ko ba uli kumuha na naman ng mga bagong NSO copies ng birthcert nung anak namin, cenomar at marriage contract namin ni hubby?

  11. doon po ba sa mga fees na legitimation with paternity lahat po ba yun ay babayaran pano po kung 18years old ako at kasama ko naman po ang tatay ko. lahat po ba ito ay babayaran?

    Fees:

    Legitimation with Paternity P540.00
    Legitimation without Paternity P590.00
    Legitimation with Paternity P620.00
    Legitimation without Paternity P670.00

    1. Hi DFC,

      Pwede kayong mag inquire sa City Hall kung pwedeng isang parent lang ang mag appear. Pwede kayong hingan ng proof na nasa ibang bansa ang isang magulang kaya mag handa din kayo ng documents to prove na out of the country sya.

      MC

  12. Good pm, question lang po. yung partner ko kasi may problema sa birth certificate nya, bale di nailagay sa birth nya yung surname ng father nya at ang nailagay ay yung surname ng mother nya. at blanko yung middle name nya. di na po naayos ng mga parents nya at di rin kasal ang mga ito, bale lahat ng documents nya at school records at baptismal nya ang ginagamit parin nyang surname ay sa father nya. di nya sinunod yung nsa birth nya kasi nga po mali, so pano po bang tamang proseso ang gagawin don? 1989 po sya pinanganak. sana po matulungan nyo kame, maraming salamat po.

    1. Kung kinikilala naman siya nung father nya pwede siyang mag file ng acknowledgement of paternity with affidavit to use the surname of the father sa munsipyo kung saan siya naka register.

  13. Paanu po Kpg illigitemate child po..kz ung birthcertificate ng anak ko surname ko makakakuha po ba ng passport?…

    Kz po surname ko nakalagay sa birth certificate ng anak ko,gusto ko po palitan ng surname ng tatay kelangan paren po ba ng pirma nea?…thankz po!

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