A requirement of “adulting” is knowing how to apply for a birth certificate. The document is pretty much required almost every time you are applying for something new—whether it’s a passport or a driver’s license, a new visa or a new job. Plus, having the document is an easy way to prove your birth date and identity—you never know when the need may arise.
Fortunately, even if it’s your first time to apply for a birth certificate, requesting for the document from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is super easy. We run down how you can apply for the essential document, whether online or offline.
How to get your birth certificate online
The easiest way to get your birth certificate is online—this way, you can say goodbye to braving Manila’s traffic and the long lines. To get your birth certificate online, visit the PSA Serbilis’ website, a one-stop online portal for requesting a birth, marriage, or death certificate, or a certificate of no marriage.
At the Serbilis website, fill up a delivery form, which will ask for your full name and address for delivery.
If you’re requesting a birth certificate for visa-application purposes, the online service also has an option to deliver your document straight to the embassy. This service is available for the U.S. Embassy, U.K. Embassy, Australian Embassy, and Spanish Embassy. Otherwise, fill up the rest of the form for your preferred delivery address.
After you have filled up your form, you will be redirected to a confirmation page. Check your details and make sure everything is correct.
Note that this form isn’t your actual request form yet! Think of it as making an account with the Serbilis website. Once you’ve accomplished this, you’ll be redirected to the actual requests page.
Once you click the “add birth certificate button,” you’ll be asked whether you’ve ever had a correction or amendment done on your birth certificate and whether you’ve already requested a corrected birth certificate from the PSA office. If it’s your first time to request a corrected birth certificate, you, unfortunately, cannot request a certificate online—you’ll have to drop by the PSA office and request for it in person with supporting documents (more on that in a bit).
But, if you have never had any corrections done on your birth certificate or it’s not your first to request for an amended certificate, you can proceed to the next part: filling up a request form for your birth certificate. The form will ask for the basics: your name, address, name of your parents, birth date, and whether you were registered late. You will also be asked for your purpose of application and—if you’re not requesting for yourself—your relationship with the owner of the birth certificate. You can also request multiple copies of your birth certificate.
Once you’ve checked and made sure all your info is correct, you can now submit your request form. You will then be redirected to a confirmation page that will give you a batch request number and instructions on how to pay for your request—each copy of the birth certificate will cost you P330 for delivery within the Philippines. This fee is already inclusive of processing fees, delivery charges, and taxes.
Payment can be done in four ways: 1.) You can pay online using your credit card at the link provided on the Serbilis website. 2.) You can pay via BDO: Over-the-counter, through online banking, or through any BDO ATM (the last two are only for BDO account holders). 3.) You can pay via Unionbank: Also over-the-counter, through online banking or through any Unionbank ATM (the last two are only for Unionbank holders). Or 4.) You can pay at any Bayad Center outlet.
Once you’ve paid, you can check the status of your document using your Batch Request Number on PSA Serbilis’ homepage. Processing your document starts one working day after your payment; expect your birth certificate to be delivered to your doorstep after 3 to 5 working days after payment if within Metro Manila, 4 to 9 days outside Metro Manila, and 6 to 8 weeks after payment if you live outside the Philippines. PSA uses third-party courier services like 2Go and LBC, and only delivers from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays so make sure there’s someone to receiver your document during those times!
Don’t have any online access? You can also request for a birth certificate offline at either a Census Serbilis Center (see a list of branches) or an SM Business Center. Make sure to bring a valid ID and an authorization letter if you are requesting a birth certificate for someone else. Requesting a birth certificate will cost you P230 per copy at a Serbilis Center and will take around one to two hours to process. At an SM Business Center, meanwhile, it will cost you P180 per copy, and four to six days for you to get your certificate.
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