Sofie has always known that her mother’s name is Emelita. That is the name written on all her mother’s IDs and on the birth certificates of Sofie and her siblings. However, when Aling Emelita requested for a copy of her PSA birth certificate, they were shocked to see that her name is actually not Emelita but Maria Rosario! All other information on her birth certificate is correct, her birth date, birthplace, and the names of her parents. Everything, except her name.
They discovered this in the early ‘90s when Aling Emelita was preparing to work abroad. Since she was in a hurry to get a passport, she resolved to use her Maria Rosario birth certificate and was granted a passport as Maria Rosario.
When Sofie graduated from high school with flying colors, her parents gifted her and her siblings a trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Sofie and her three siblings, all minors, trooped to the DFA to get their passports. But they were all horribly disappointed when their applications were put on hold because of the inconsistency in their mother’s name as written on their birth certificates and the name that appears on their mother’s birth certificate. On their birth certificates, their mother is Emelita. But on Aling Emelita’s, her name is Maria Rosario.
How does one correct their parent’s name as it appears on their birth certificate?
While it is clear that Aling Emelita has chosen to simply adopt her name as written on her birth certificate (Maria Rosario), she failed to work on correcting the details on her children’s birth certificates, where her name is still written as Emelita.
Sofie and her siblings need to have their birth certificates corrected to reflect their mother’s name as Maria Rosario. Here’s what they need to do:
- They need to go to the Local Civil Registry of their birthplace and request for correction of their mother’s name as it appears on their birth certificates.
- They must bring a copy of Aling Emelita’s PSA birth certificate where her name is written as Maria Rosario. Any other government-issued ID of Aling Emelita (as Maria Rosario) will likewise help in further solidifying their petition.
- Fees vary according to municipality and payments must be made only with the city or municipal hall’s cashier. All payments must be issued with a government receipt. Be wary of fixers.
- When the petition is successfully filed by the LCR, Sofie and her siblings will be given a copy of the Finality and Endorsement pertaining to the correction they requested.
- After three to six months, they can begin following up with the PSA for the corrected copies of their birth certificates. When making a follow-up, bring the Finality and Endorsement documents from the LCR.
- The first corrected copies of their birth certificates must be claimed at the PSA head office in Sta. Mesa, building 2. All other succeeding copies may be requested online at www.psahelpline.ph.
If you have similar concerns about your birth certificate, send us your questions and we will do our best to find the best answer for you.