Since a child’s birth certificate is populated manually and almost always, by persons other than the parents of the child, errors are bound to happen. Simple errors can be corrected by a trip to the Local Civil Registry office where the birth was registered. Other errors are more complex and will need the intervention of a lawyer for a solution.
To know whether the error on your birth certificate is simple or complex, you may refer to the list below. We lifted this from the website of lawyerphilippines.org:
Birth certificate errors that you can refer to the LCR for correction:
- Change of First Name
- First name on birth certificate is Baby Boy, Baby Girl, Boy, or Girl and the child was born 1993 onwards.
- Wrong gender or date of birth (RA 10172)
- Wrong gender checked on the birth certificate
- Day or month of birth is wrong.
- Correction of clerical error:
- Blurred first, middle, or last name
- Mother’s middle name is wrong and child’s name is correct.
- Child’s middle name is wrong and mother’s is correct.
- Misspelled first name, middle name, last name.
- Supplemental report
- No first name, no last name, no middle name if legitimate or no middle name if illegitimate and acknowledged by father.
- First name on birth certificate is Baby Boy, Baby Girl, Boy, or Girl and the child was born before 1993.
- No check mark for gender or both genders checked.
If the correction you are showing on your birth certificate does not fall under any of the above-mentioned, there is a possibility that you will need the advice of a lawyer.
Of course, to be absolutely sure, it is best that you bring the erroneous birth certificate copy to the LCR first and seek their advice. They will know best how to help you correct the errors on your civil registry document.
The fees and requirements to complete the corrections shall be determined by the LCR or the lawyer, who ever will be handling your case. Always make sure to transact only with LCR staff when having your civil registry documents assessed and processed.
I hope you found this article helpful. If you have questions about your birth certificate (or other civil registry documents), please send me an email and I shall do my best to find the answers for you.