I may have already written about this topic before but I noticed that there are more and more people who send emails and messages asking me how to have a misspelled name (on a PSA birth certificate) can be corrected. And fast. Haha! All of us want quick fixes for everything.
Although I could not make the process of correcting your child’s misspelled name faster, I know I could still help by posting yet another “how-to” blog on the topic. This time, I made sure the details are shorter and easier to follow.
So mommies, I truly hope this topic that I resurrected from my archives helps. Read and share!
A misspelled first name in a PSA birth certificate can be corrected by filing a petition for correction of a clerical error. This applies to corrections that are clearly and evidently the result of carelessness in typing.
The last statement is important because there are some misspelled names that do not look like typographical errors. Example:
The child’s name is supposed to be Rachelle but what’s written on her PSA birth certificate is Rochelle. The name may be misspelled, as far as Rachelle is concerned, but Rochelle is also a valid girl’s name. In cases like this, the LCR may recommend solutions other than the correction of a clerical error. I just wanted to make that clear before we proceed with the rest of today’s article.
So assuming yours is really a clerical or typographical error, here’s what you need to do:
- Proceed to the LCR or municipal hall of your birthplace and bring with you a copy of the erroneous PSA birth certificate. To support your claim, bring relevant documents bearing the correct spelling of the first name such as a baptismal certificate, school records, IDs.
- Fill out the forms from the LCR and pay the corresponding administrative fee. This may vary, depending on the municipality (others have approximated it at Php 1,500); what is important is you pay only to the municipal or city hall treasurer or cashier and you should be issued a government official receipt.
3. Your petition will be submitted by the LCR and you will be advised to wait for around three to four months.
- If your petition is approved, you will not be issued a new birth certificate. Your existing PSA birth certificate will be duly annotated to show the correct spelling of the first name.
And that’s it! You just really have to be patient and vigilant in making follow-ups to make sure that your petition is being attended to.
When you claim the first corrected copy of your PSA birth certificate, you have to request for it in person at the PSA office in East Avenue. After that, you may just simply order for a copy at PSAHelpline.ph whenever you need a new copy of your annotated PSA birth certificate.
Tomorrow I will write about birth certificates that have missing entries in the First Name, Last Name, and Middle Name fields for legitimate children. So visit us again tomorrow!
We have a summary of solutions to the most common PSA birth certificate problems! Read our blog, Common PSA Birth Certificate Problems (and their solutions!).