Do you have a problem with the entries in your birth date, month, or year in your birth certificate? Like any other error, your birth date details are as vital because it indicates your age – a vital requirement for job applications, getting a driver’s license, school enrollment, and other transactions that have age requirements. If your birth date details are erroneous or inaccurate, you have to have these corrected right away.
- Wrong Birth Date
The owner may file a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error at the Local Civil Registry (LCR) where the birth record containing the day in the date of birth to be corrected is registered.
If the petitioner has migrated to another place within the Philippines and may no longer be practical for him to travel back to his birthplace, the petition may be filed with the LCR of the place where the petitioner is currently residing.
If the petitioner’s birth was reported abroad and is presently residing in the Philippines, the petition may be filed with the LCR of the place of residence following the procedures of the migrant petition.
- Wrong Birth Month
The process to correct a wrong birth month in your birth certificate is similar with correcting an incorrect birth date.
- Wrong Birth Year
This type of error in the birth certificate is not covered by R.A. No. 9048 or the Clerical Error Law of 2001. Errors in the civil register pertaining to a person’s age (determined by the year of birth indicated in his birth certificate) need to undergo a court proceeding and with the aid of a lawyer.
Note that the fees for the amendment of wrong birth date and month that LCRs may charge may vary. Always make sure that you pay only to the LCR cashier and that you are issued a government receipt after paying. You will need this later on when claiming the first corrected copy of your birth certificate.
The fees and processes for the correction of an incorrect birth year will all depend on the attorney’s fees and LCR that shall handle the case. Again, make sure you are paying only to the city hall cashier and are issued the necessary official receipt from the government.
We have a summary of solutions to the most common PSA birth certificate problems! Read our blog, Common PSA Birth Certificate Problems (and their solutions!).