You may still have a copy of your birth certificate that is printed on a Security Paper that bears the NSO (National Statistics Office) logo and are wondering if it can still be considered a valid copy. The answer is yes.
In June 2016, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the central statistical authority of the Philippine government , clarified that the NSO birth certificate has no expiration and is still a valid document. The only difference between the NSO birth certificate and the PSA birth certificate is the logo. Birth certificates are permanent records of the identities of each individual and do not have an expiration period.
What is the difference between the NSO and the PSA birth certificate?
Apart from the logo, the PSA mentioned that they changed some features of the Security Paper (SECPA) such as the color and the font to prevent the proliferation of counterfeit documents. These changes are reported to government agencies and the PSA leaves it up to the agencies to decide whether they would require brand new PSA copies of birth certificates from their applicants (people who transact with their agency) or continue to receive NSO copies. It is for this reason that people are advised to request for new copies of their PSA birth certificates.
Will the DepEd require students to submit their PSA birth certificates during enrollment?
The Department of Education clarified this through Memorandum No. 0714 where the following guidelines were stipulated:
- Enrollees with no existing profile at the school will be required to submit a PSA birth certificate.
- If the enrollee could not get a PSA-certified copy of his or her birth certificate, the schools are advised to also accept a birth certificate issued by the LCR. A barangay certificate containing the learner’s basic information will also be accepted.
- A student will be required to submit his or her birth certificate only once during the duration of the basic education.
Do I need to present a PSA birth certificate when applying for a passport?
The DFA continues to accept NSO-issued birth certificates as part of the general requirements for passport application. Except when there are annotations applied to your birth certificate (changes in your last name if you are a married female, legitimation, name correction, etc.), then you may be required to present a new copy of your birth certificate bearing the said annotations and corrections. When you request for a copy of your birth certificate from the PSA, you will then be issued a PSA-certified copy of your birth certificate.
At the end of the day, what is important is you are able to present a valid and readable copy of your birth certificate to complete your transaction. If you need to get a copy of your PSA birth certificate, you may visit a PSA CRS outlet. Make sure to secure an online appointment first before going to your preferred PSA branch. If you still do not feel comfortable going out of the house, you may also order online at PSAHelpline.ph and have your birth certificate delivered to you. If you live in Metro Manila, you will get your birth certificate in 3 to 4 working days after making your payment. A birth certificate costs Php 365 online, including processing and shipping.