It pays to carefully review our civil registry documents to make sure that all entries are accurate and clearly printed on the form. Should there be entries needing correction, it is best to act on it as soon as possible as these corrections take time. It would be a shame to miss out on opportunities simply because your birth or marriage certificate is not 100% accurate as required by most government and private establishments that we regularly transact with.
Our story for today is about a lady whose ardent dream is to travel to the U.S. and experience winter in the East Coast. Melissa finally got her wish when her husband, Greg, announced that he has secured them an appointment at the DFA so they can renew their passports and then fly out to the U.S. in time for Christmas. She was beyond ecstatic!
Melissa and Greg have only been married for less than two years and Melissa still uses her maiden name on her passport. Since they are renewing their passports, she decided to include changing her maiden name to her married name. They prepared all the necessary documents, their old passports, and other requirements needed for the passport renewal.
While waiting for their turn at the DFA, Greg noticed that the PSA marriage certificate he was holding did not have an entry in the date field. There was no date indicated as to when he and Melissa got married. He asked Melissa to check the copy in her file, the date of marriage field is also blank on the document she was holding.
Their worst fears were confirmed when they were told that renewing Melissa’s passport to reflect her married name may not be possible at this time because the marriage certificate they are presenting lacked the said detail. She can still have her passport renewed but her maiden name shall be retained.
Melissa’s case, although alarming, can be remedied by filing a supplemental report at the city or municipality where her marriage with Greg was registered. The following documents must be presented upon filing the petition:
- Affidavit of Supplemental Report on missing entries
- Copy of the Marriage Certificate from the PSA
Fees and other details related to these types of cases may be inquired at the Local Civil Registry office where the parties will be filing the supplemental reports. While the first corrected copy of the PSA marriage certificate may be claimed by Melissa and Greg at the nearest PSA office.
Once they have the corrected copy of their marriage certificate, Melissa can have her name on her passport changed to her married name.