A person’s birth must be registered at the Local Civil Registry office of the place where he or she was born. This must be done within 30 days from his/her birthdate, otherwise, the birth registration will be tagged as late or delayed. Unless a person’s birth is properly registered at the LCR, that person will not be issued a birth certificate and there will be no reference on the details of his birth, lineage, and identity.
That is how important birth registration is.
In case your child’s birth is not yet registered (or maybe even yours or your parents’), you can file a Delayed Registration of Birth at the LCR where the person was born. Here are the details you need to know:
- If the person is less than 18 years old, the following shall be required:
- Four copies of the Certificate of Live Birth duly accomplished and signed by the proper parties;
- Accomplished Affidavit of Delayed Registration at the back of Certificate of Live Birth by the father, other, or guardian, declaring therein, among other things, the following:
- Name of child
- Date and place of birth
- Name of the father if the child is illegitimate and has been acknowledged by him
- If illegitimate, the date and place of marriage of parents
- Reason for not registering the birth within 30 days after the date of birth.
- In case the party seeking late registration of the birth of an illegitimate child is not the mother, the party shall, in addition to the foregoing facts, declare in a sworn statement recent whereabouts of the mother.
- Present ANY TWO of the following documentary evidences which may show the name of the child, date and place of birth, and name of mother (and name of father, if the child has been acknowledged):
- Baptismal certificate
- School records (nursery, kindergarten, or preparatory)
- Income tax return of parents
- Insurance policy
- medical records
- others such as barangay captain’s certification.
- Affidavit of two disinterested persons who might have witnessed or known the birth of the child.
- If the person is 18 years old or above
- All the requirements for the person who is less than 18 years old
- Certificate of Marriage, if married.
- Delayed registration of birth, like ordinary registration made at the time of birth, shall be filed at the Office of the Civil Registrar of the place where the birth occurred.
- Upon receipt of the application for delayed registration of birth, the civil registrar shall examine the Certificate of Live Birth presented, whether it has been completely and correctly filled in and all requirements have been complied with.
- In the delayed registration of the birth of an alien travel documents showing the origin and nationalities of the parents shall be presented in addition to the requirements mentioned.
Posting of the Pending Application
- A notice to the public on the pending application for delayed registration shall be posted on the bulletin boards of the city or municipality for a period of not less than 10 days.
- If after 10 days, no on opposes the registration, the civil registrar shall evaluate the veracity of the documents submitted.
- If after proper evaluation of all documents presented and the investigation of all allegations contained therein, and the civil registrar is convinced that the event really occurred within the jurisdiction of the civil registry office and that said event has not been registered, he shall register the delayed report thereof.
- The civil registrar, in all cases of delayed registration of birth, death, and marriage, shall conduct an investigation whenever an opposition is filed against a registration. He shall take the testimonies of the parties concerned and of the witnesses in the form of questions and answers. After investigation, the civil registrar shall forward his findings and recommendations to the Office of the Civil Registrar General.
- The Civil Registrar General may, after review and proper evaluation, deny or authorize the registration.
These information were lifted from the PSA website. For more information on delayed registration of birth, please visit http://www.psa.gov.ph.