When a person changes his name, whether due to marriage, adoption, or corrections on birth certificate entries, the rest of his identification documents, such as passports, should also be updated. Here is a list of name amendments allowed by Philippine laws and the specific requirements when applying for a new or renewed passport due to change in name.
- Change of name due to marriage.
- Change of surname of a legitimated child by virtue of a subsequent marriage of parents.
- Change of name due to adoption.
- Change of name due to death of spouse or annulment of marriage.
- Change of name due to divorce (valid only for those Filipinos who did not act as Plaintiff in the divorce proceedings, i.e. the Filipino spouse did not initiate the divorce proceedings; not valid for couples who were both Filipinos at the time of the marriage).
- Change of name as duly ordered by Philippine courts or the Civil Registrar General.
- Duly accomplished passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink.
- Latest original passport and one photocopy of data page of passport (original will be returned).
- Proof that applicant has not applied for foreign citizenship, e.g. resident alien card.
Requirements for Change of Name DUE TO MARRIAGE:
- If marriage was solemnized in the Philippines, bring your PSA certified original copy and one photocopy or marriage certificate. The original copy is for verification only and will be returned to the applicant. Applicant may order a copy of the PSA Marriage Certificate online at www.psahelpline.ph. Copies will be delivered to their address.
- Original and one photocopy of marriage certificate The original copy is for verification only and will be returned to the applicant. Applicant may order a copy of the PSA Marriage Certificate online at www.psahelpline.ph. Copies will be delivered to their address.
- If marriage was solemnized abroad, bring a duly accomplished Report of Marriage Contracted Abroad form.
Requirements for Change of Name DUE TO DEATH OF HUSBAND, DIVORCE, ANNULLED MARRIAGES:
- For widowed applicants, authenticated death certificate of husband, authenticated court order of presumptive death.
- If marriage was annulled, PSA Marriage Certificate, with annotation reflecting the annulment of marriage. Applicant may have a copy delivered by ordering online at www.psahelpline.ph.
- If applicant is divorced, submit an original and one photocopy of Divorce Decree (original will be returned).
- Number 3 is applicable only when the applicant is the Filipino spouse; if both parties were Filipino citizens at the time of marriage, this will not apply.
Requirement for change of name DUE TO LEGITIMATION UPON SUBSEQUENT MARRIAGE OF PARENTS (or as ordered by Philippine courts or by the Civil Registrar General):
- PSA birth certificate with annotation reflecting the change of name due to legitimation. Applicant may have a copy delivered by ordering online at www.psahelpline.ph.
Requirement for change of name DUE TO ADOPTION:
- PSA Birth Certificate, reflecting the adoptive surname. Applicant may have a copy delivered by ordering online at www.psahelpline.ph.
Changes in name allowed under Republic Act 9048:
These are changes in name entries that did not have to undergo a judicial order:
- Correction of clerical or typographical errors in any entry in civil registry documents, except corrections involving the change in sex, age, nationality, and civil status of a person.
- Change of a person’s first name in his/her civil registry document under certain grounds specified under the law through administrative process.
- PSA Birth Certificate with annotation reflecting change of entry. Applicant may have a copy delivered by ordering online at www.psahelpline.ph.