If the first name written on your PSA birth certificate is not the name that you are using in most (if not all) of your IDs and transactions, you need to have it changed. It is important that the details in your IDs and those written in your birth certificate match, especially when you are applying for a passport.
As mentioned in our previous blog, changing your first name in your birth certificate is considered an administrative correction. Therefore, you need to file a petition for change of the first name under the provisions of R.A. 9048.
Here are the list of documentary requirements, IDs, and fees:
- Certified machine copy of the birth record containing the entry to be corrected;
- Not less than two (2) private or public documents upon which the correction shall be based like baptismal certificate, voters’ affidavit, employment record, GSIS/SSS record, medical record, business record, drivers’ license, insurance, land titles, certificate of land transfer, bank passbook;
- Notice/Certificate of Posting;
- Payment of Three Thousand Pesos (P3,000) as the filing fee. For petitions filed abroad, a fee of $150 or equivalent value in local currency shall be collected;
- Other documents which may be required by the concerned civil registrar;
- NBI/Police Clearance, civil registry records of ascendants and other clearances as may be required by the concerned civil registry office;
- Proof of publication.
The petitioner may file the documents with the Local Civil Registry (LCR) office of the city or municipality where the birth is registered. If he no longer lives in the place where he was born, he may file it at the LCR office where he is currently residing.
If the petitioner was born abroad, he may file the correction at the Philippine Consulate office where the birth was reported.