Passport Application Problems: Father’s Last Name Appears as the Child’s Middle Name on Birth Certificate


The DFA will always refer to the authenticated copy of our PSA birth certificate for the accuracy and completeness of our names.  The name, and how it is written, on the birth certificate is what will appear on the passport.

Miguel Oben is an illegitimate child.  He has always used his mother’s last name as his surname (Oben); he leaves the middle name field blank in all of his documents and IDs.  When he applied for a passport, he was required to present a copy of his PSA birth certificate.  He was shocked to find that his name on his birth certificate is Miguel Villanueva Oben – Villanueva being his biological father’s last name!  He verified this against the copy of the LCR where his birth was registered and got the same results.  When he presented his birth certificate to the DFA, his passport application was denied.

What must be done in such cases?

Miguel was left with no choice but to have the issue on his birth certificate rectified at the Local Civil Registry where his birth was registered.  Since he is an illegitimate child and his father’s name does not appear on his birth certificate (except for his last name that somehow found its way to Miguel’s middle name field), he should continue carrying his mother’s last name while the middle name field must be left blank.

While waiting for the results from the Local Civil Registry (which could take between 6 months to a year), Miguel tried appealing his case to the DFA.  It turns out that he needs the passport to visit his mother who suffered a stroke in Guam, USA.  Luckily, he was able to support this claim with documents from his mother’s doctors.

Although it is not customary for the DFA to work around identity and documentary issues of passport applicants, there are certain cases when the application is reconsidered and additional documents are required.  Cases similar to Miguel’s may be required to present an Affidavit of One and The Same Person in support of the IDs and documents he presented bearing his name as Miguel Oben.  Apart from the said Affidavit, Miguel also attached a signed letter to the DFA stating that he shall be presenting the annotated copy of his birth certificate upon renewal of his passport.

Again, these kinds of issues are handled and evaluated by the DFA on a case-to-case basis.  The results of the evaluation are entirely up to the discretion of DFA’s experts.  At the end of the day, the public is expected to adhere to the policies of the DFA as published in their website and as posted in their offices.


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23 thoughts on “Passport Application Problems: Father’s Last Name Appears as the Child’s Middle Name on Birth Certificate

  1. Magtatanung lang po ako.kukuha po ako ng new passport ng pamngki ko po.nang pumunta q sa dfa nagbayad po ako ng 1,200.kaso kulang po yung requirements na dala pwede da kamu bumalik any day.kahit saturday..anu po yun pag saturday ba magbabayad ulit q ng 1,200 po ba ulit..maraming salamat po

      1. Hello panu po ba yun sa school record ko sa baptismal ko ang middle name ko ay initial lang pati sa local at sa psa ko initial lang din..pero ang nilagay ko sa passport application ko binuo ko po yong middle name ko at hindi yun tinanggap ng dfa kac sa psa ko initial lang klangan ko daw po magpa correction

      2. Yes, dapat pareho ang nakasulat na pangalan sa passport at sa birth certificate.

        Kailangan din ipaayos mo ang middle name mo sa birth certificate dahil considered na error yan at may mga government agencies gaya ng DFA na hindi talaga tatanggapin ang mga birth certificates na may errors.

    1. Hi,

      Saang site ka nag apply? Normally kasi, kung kulang ang information, hindi magpo-proceed ang page.

      Nabigyan ka ba ng reference number? Umabot ka ba sa page ng payment?


  2. Hi po gud day,,,makakakuha po ba ako ng passport kasi po nung kumuha po ako ng nso birth certificate ko naka apilido pa po ako sa nanay ko pero ang pagkakaalam ko po ay nalipat na po ako sa apilido ng tatay ko ,at may naka lagay po sa gilid ng nso ko ay REMARK /ANNOTATION ,,makakakuha lang din po ba ako ng passport?

  3. Gud day po.tanong q lng po nun Monday po kumuha aq ng PSA ko..nakuha q na po ng nkita qng ang nakalagay sa PSA q ay middle initial ng mama q at surname dn ng mama ko..papano po un? Ang ginagamit q pong middle initial ay Ung surname ni mama at apelyido ni papa dhl un po nkalagay sa birth certificate q na hnd authenticated.Pero me nkaremarks po sa hawak Kong birth certificate na nakalagay legitimated due to subsequent of marriage of parents on sep 1993 prng late registration po kc 1991 aq ipinanganak..ano po ang dpt na sundin ko o ano po ang mga conflict dhl po gnun nga dhl kkuha po aq ng passport tnx

    1. Hindi ka naman late registered may inayos lang sa document mo. Sabi mo nga inayos na nila sa Munisipyo after kaya nun ano na ginawa ng parents mo? nag follow up kaya sila kung pumasok sa PSA(NSO) yung pag ayos na yun? Yung nakuha mong copy sa PSA dalhin mo ulit sa LCR office nung m,unisipyo and itanong kung bakit hinid pa na update yung record mo sa PSA?

  4. talaga po ibig sbhin makakakuwa ako passport kht hnd kp na ilagay sa form. ng dfa. ang middle namr ng father ko

  5. hello po ask ko lang kukuwa kc ako ng passport sa NSO @ PSA ko wla nmn prob. kso tinignan ko pangalan ng tatay ko Eduard Monje nka lagay wla siyang middle name pwd ba ako kumuwa ng passport kht wlang nka lagay sa PSA kong middle name ng father ko Edmund roxas Monje pla name ko

      1. talaga po ibig sbhin makakakuwa ako passport kht hnd ko na ilagay sa form. ng dfa. ang middle name ng father ko

  6. .Elow po.tanong qOh PO panu po ang process ng pag palit ng first name ng father sa nso?.pangalan po ng Lolo q0h po kc ang nkaregistered sa nso qOh.. Tnx po.

  7. Hindi ako makakuha ng passport sa kadahilanan po na no nso record po ako late register po Pero d ko pa naifile matulungan nyo po na ako para mkakuha ng passport un n lang po lang kailangan ko nso birth certificate

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