So the DFA needs our help in rebuilding their database and we can do so by presenting a copy of our PSA birth certificate when renewing our passports. Do you have a copy of your birth certificate yet?
I used to keep several copies of my birth certificate in my desk; these were printed on the old yellowish sheet with NSO’s logo on the upper left hand (or was it right?) corner of the document. When my passport was due for renewal last June 2016, I was advised by my friend to secure a new copy of my birth certificate before going to the DFA for my application.
“Bakit, may expiration ba ang birth certificate? Di ba wala naman?”
Of course, my birth certificate does not have an expiration date! What my friend was trying to tell me (pala!) was that the PSA (formerly NSO), regularly updates (or maybe, reprints) the copies of our documents on security papers to discourage the circulation of unauthorized and fake copies made elsewhere. Embassies and other government agencies are duly advised whenever the PSA is set to release certificates printed on new security papers so that these offices would know when the documents being presented to them are updated copies or old files (like my copies of my birth certificate).
So if you think you still have several copies of your birth certificate left in your stash, check them now to make sure these are updated ones. Foremost, it must bear the new seal of the PSA, and not the former NSO. If your document is worn out, has some minute tears, or the entries are hardly readable, please get yourself new copies.
I got my latest copies from PSAHelpline.ph. It’s an online, one-stop birth certificate ordering site for all types of PSA documents you will ever need: birth, marriage, CENOMAR, and death certificates. They deliver nationwide too so you won’t have to go to a PSA office anymore.
Birth, marriage, and death certificates cost Php 365.00 per copy while the CENOMAR costs Php 465.00 per copy. Visit their user-friendly website now so you can place your orders ahead of the others!
Word of the wise: As soon as you have confirmed an appointment with the DFA for your passport application or renewal, get new copies of your PSA birth certificate and marriage certificate (for married female applicants who wish to change their last name in their passport). Don’t wait until the last minute to do this because it’s a primary documentary requirement, especially if your old passport is not an e-passport.