2 Ways to Correct a Misspelled Name on a PSA Birth Certificate

Most people think that a misspelled name in a birth certificate can be easily rectified by filing a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error, as stipulated in RA 9048.  However, there are cases when misspelled names may only be corrected through a court proceeding and with the assistance of a lawyer. Correcting vs. Changing AContinue reading “2 Ways to Correct a Misspelled Name on a PSA Birth Certificate”

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Top 10 Most Asked Questions About PSA Birth Certificates

Question: Can I apply for a passport even if my gender in my PSA birth certificate is wrong? I can have this corrected but that will take time. I already have an appointment with the DFA and I need my passport asap. Answer: You may go ahead and appear at the DFA on the date ofContinue reading “Top 10 Most Asked Questions About PSA Birth Certificates”

Nicknames and Aliases: Is it Unlawful to Use a Name Other Than Your Own?

Filipinos like using nicknames.  We give our children unique sounding names such as ‘Jun-Jun’, ‘Ken-Ken’, and ‘Mac-Mac’.  Girls are named ‘Ging-Ging’, ‘Che-Che’, and sometimes, ‘Pot-Pot’.  Every family has a Tito Boy and a Tita Baby, a Kuya Boyet and an Ate Mayet, a Tito Tito or a Tita Tita.  Very seldom are we called byContinue reading “Nicknames and Aliases: Is it Unlawful to Use a Name Other Than Your Own?”

The Manila City Hall Series: Filing for Correction of Birth Order Under RA 9048 Part 13 of 16

If you were the firstborn in your family but your birth certificate states that you have siblings older than you, then you need to have that entry corrected as soon as possible.  The birth order determines how many children your mother has already had and the succession of each child in the family tree. HereContinue reading “The Manila City Hall Series: Filing for Correction of Birth Order Under RA 9048 Part 13 of 16”

The Manila City Hall Series: How to File for Correction of Clerical Error in the First Name Under RA 9048 (For Married Individuals) Part 2 of 16

Any discrepancy on your first name on your birth certificate is sure to cause problems and delays on your transactions later on.  It is your responsibility to have this corrected to avoid issues with your records and other IDs such as your driver’s license and passport. The Manila City Hall has released a clear, step-by-stepContinue reading “The Manila City Hall Series: How to File for Correction of Clerical Error in the First Name Under RA 9048 (For Married Individuals) Part 2 of 16”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: My Father Changed His Name on his Marriage Certificate

Mildred is the eldest daughter of Mang Gerry and Aling Myrna.  She migrated to the U.S. and earned her citizenship when she married her fiancé who is a natural-born citizen of America.  Two years after she was sworn in, she petitioned for her parents to legally stay in the U.S. with her and her husband.Continue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: My Father Changed His Name on his Marriage Certificate”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Single Mom Wants to Change Her Child’s Last Name

Illegitimate children are able to carry their father’s last name by virtue of an Affidavit of Acknowledgment and an Affidavit to Use the Surname of the Father (AUSF).  Should the parents decide to get married later on, the illegitimate children’s birth rights may also be changed from “illegitimate” to “legitimate” through the process of LegitimationContinue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Single Mom Wants to Change Her Child’s Last Name”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Change of Name on Birth Certificate

Liezel is a 34-year-old mom who has been using two first names all her life.  All her documents and transactions show her first name as Maria Liezel: on her marriage contract, on her children’s birth certificate, her land titles, and tax declarations.  Even her bank accounts and driver’s license show her name as Maria Liezel. Continue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Change of Name on Birth Certificate”