How to Apply for Late Registration of Birth Certificate in the Philippines

Did you know that a lot of people in the Philippines don’t have a birth certificate? But because this is needed for various legal transactions, you might need to apply for late registration. That’s actually possible.

Requirements

You have to gather all the requirements needed for the birth registration to be accepted.

If the person is less than eighteen (18) years old, the following shall be required:

  • Four (4) copies of duly-accomplished the Certificate of Live Birth, signed by all the parties
  • Affidavit for Delayed Registration (form at the back of Certificate of Live Birth) filled out and signed by the parents or guardian, declaring the following:
  • Child’s name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of marriage of parents
  • Father’s name, with acknowledgment if the child is illegitimate
  • Reason for the delayed registration of the child’s birth

If the application is not done by the mother of an illegitimate child, the applicant must provide a sworn statement declaring the mom’s recent whereabouts, in addition to complying with the other requirements.

Late Registration of Birth Certificate
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Note that for legitimate and illegitimate children alike, the applicant must provide documentary evidence showing the child’s name, birthday, birthplace, mother’s name, and father’s name (if the child is acknowledged by the father):

  • Baptismal certificate
  • School records
  • Parents’ ITR (income tax return)
  • Insurance policy
  • Medical records
  • Barangay captain’s certification
  • Notarized affidavit of two disinterested persons who knew about the circumstances of the child’s birth or had witnessed the event

If the person is already married, the marriage certificate must also be submitted.

If the application for late registration is from a foreigner, travel documents indicating the nationality and country origin of the parents should also be submitted.

How to Apply for Delayed Birth Registration

Step 1. Gather all the necessary documents and requirements listed above.

Step 2. Submit the documents to the Office of the Civil Registrar of the place where the birth occurred.

Step 3. The applicant is required to set up a notice to the public regarding the application for delayed birth registration. This should be publicly posted on the bulletin boards of the city or municipality for at least 10 days.

Step 4. The civil registrar will begin evaluating the application for a Certificate of Live Birth with delayed registration after this required period.

The application may be denied or authorized, depending on the civil registrar’s findings regarding the investigation.

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