As mentioned in our previous blogs, there are three ways you can have the errors in your birth certificate corrected: by filing a petition for correction, going to court, or filing a supplemental report.
Today’s blog will tackle the birth certificate errors that can be corrected by supplemental reports.
What birth certificate errors need a Supplemental Report?
- No first name, middle name, or last name (legitimate).
- No middle name (if the owner is illegitimate and acknowledged by the father).
- The first name on the birth certificate is written as Baby Boy, Baby Girl, Boy, or Girl and the child was born before 1993.
- No check mark for gender/there are check marks for both genders.
- The illegitimate child wants to use the father’s surname. Take note that this correction only involves the surname. Changing status to legitimate or illegitimate requires court order/proceeding.
How to file for a Supplementary Report
- Prepare an affidavit by indicating the missing detail entry of the birth certificate owner;
- Include the reasons why the field was left blank in the birth certificate;
- Prepare other supporting documents that could help in your petition, such as medical records, school records, etc.
Submit your petition to the Local Civil Registry Office of the city or municipality where the birth was registered. If the birth certificate owner was born abroad, he can file the petition at the Philippine Consulate where the birth was reported.