- Your Child’s Medical Records
- Secure the forms from your attending physician or nurse. Most hospitals give the parents at least 24 hours to accomplish the birth forms.
- Before signing the form, make sure your child’s names are spelled correctly (first, middle, and last names), as well as the rest of the child’s details (birthdates, birthplace, names of parents, age, citizenship).
- You should receive a copy of your child’s Certificate of Live Birth from the hospital; this is just a copy and cannot be used for any legal purposes.
- Certificate of Live Birth (uncertified/no stamp)
- A few weeks after giving birth (shorter in some hospitals, depends on how quickly they process documents), you may claim your child’s Certificate of Live Birth from the hospital. This is technically still “uncertified” as it still does not have the Certified True Copy stamp.
- Certified True Copy of Certificate of Live Birth
- Once you have the “uncertified” Certificate of Live Birth, you may bring this to the Local Civil Registrar (at the city or municipal hall) to have it stamped – and make it “certified”.
- Have each copy authenticated; in some LCRs, this costs Php 50.00 and this fee may vary depending on the municipality.
- You need to have the stamped documents endorsed to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in order for the child to have a PSA-certified birth certificate (which is the main requirement in most transactions).
- PSA Birth Certificate
- If the child was born and registered in Metro Manila, his PSA-certified birth certificate may be released in 2 to 3 months’ time.
- If the child was born and registered outside Metro Manila, his PSA-certified birth certificate may be released in 3 to 6 months’ time.
- The first copy of the child’s birth certificate must be claimed at the PSA Head Office in Sta. Mesa, Manila. The succeeding copies may be ordered online and delivered to your home.