How to Apply for a Philippine Passport if You Do Not Have a Birth Certificate

Your PSA birth certificate is a primary requirement when applying for a passport with the DFA.  Without it, it would be nearly impossible to get the rest of the application process done. Unfortunately, there are some people who really do not have their civil registry documents on file at the PSA.  When they request forContinue reading “How to Apply for a Philippine Passport if You Do Not Have a Birth Certificate”

Applying for a Philippine Passport? Here’s What You Need to Prepare

At first glance, the list of requirements needed when applying for a Philippine passport could be intimidating.  This is one reason why most Pinoys choose to apply for their passports only at the first sign of an imminent travel abroad.  Very few realize that a passport is a government-issued identification that everyone must have inContinue reading “Applying for a Philippine Passport? Here’s What You Need to Prepare”

The Senior Citizen and His Passport: How to Get a Passport if You Don’t Have a PSA Birth Certificate

A primary requirement when applying for a passport (or renewing an old one) is the applicant’s birth certificate in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly NSO) or a Certified True Copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar.  This has become an issue among senior citizens, especially those born on 1945 andContinue reading “The Senior Citizen and His Passport: How to Get a Passport if You Don’t Have a PSA Birth Certificate”

Can a Married Woman Use her Maiden Name on her Passport? Part 2

A few months back, we featured an article on the conditions for married women to use their maiden names on their passports.  In that article, it was mentioned that a married woman needs to show proof that her marriage has been annulled or that she has been widowed before she can revert to her maidenContinue reading “Can a Married Woman Use her Maiden Name on her Passport? Part 2”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Illegitimate, No Birth Certificate, and Not Acknowledged by her Mother

Alona is an illegitimate child, born to parents who were barely out of their teens.  Her mother gave her up for adoption when she was just a few days old, in exchange for a plane ticket from Manila to Iloilo.  She was never heard of from again.  Upon learning that his daughter was given toContinue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Illegitimate, No Birth Certificate, and Not Acknowledged by her Mother”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Delayed Registration of Birth

In a previous article, we tackled the issue of some Pinoys not having birth records with the Philippine Statistics Authority or PSA (formerly National Statistics Office or NSO).  In most cases, the owner of the certificate need to consult with the LCR where his birth was supposedly registered and check if the LCR has aContinue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Delayed Registration of Birth”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: No Birth Record

What if your request for a copy of your NSO Birth Certificate (now PSA Birth Certificate) yields a “negative certification” instead of the actual birth certificate?  Is it possible to “not have a birth certificate”?  If yes, how do you get one when you’re already almost 60 years old? Mila is a 58-year-old public schoolContinue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: No Birth Record”