A couple of days ago, I did a post on Teleserv and how they make our lives a whole lot better by being able to order NSO certificates with just a click of a button! If you need the basics on how to order the NSO birth certificate online click HERE.
This post, as promised is the second part of the questions that stuck with me during the brunch. One that I just learned about was about being able to change your name in your birth certificate IF the error is clerical or typographical in nature.
What if your name is misspelled in any of your NSO certificates? What should you do?
OMG my name is spelled differently in my birth certificate!! I’ve been spelling my name as Junior all my life yun pala my name is spelled as Jhunior!
If this happened before 2001, you had no choice but to get a judicial order to correct your name. As in a judge has to come in and tell NSO that yes you can use Junior and banish Jhunior to be forgotten forever. Now, because of Republic Act 9048 the need for a judicial order is no longer required.
WHAT IS REPUBLIC ACT 9048?
Republic Act (RA) 9048 authorizes the city or municipal civil registrar or the consul general to correct a clerical or typographical error in an entry and/or change the first name or nickname in the civil register without need of a judicial order.
WHAT CORRECTIONS CAN BE MADE BY RA 9048?
RA 9048 allows these corrections:
**correction of clerical or typographical errors in any entry in civil registry documents, EXCEPT corrections involving the change in sex, age, nationality and status of a person.
**change of a person’s first name in his/her civil registry document under certain grounds specified under the law through administrative process.
WHAT IS A CLERICAL OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR?
An obvious mistake committed while your details were being encoded (as done through writing, copying, and transcribing).
The error should be harmless and simple such as misspelled name or place of birth.
The correction (i.e. the proposed change in the record can be referenced against existing records)
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS UNDER RA 9048 THAT THE PETITIONER NEEDS TO COMPLY WITH?
(1) The petitioner finds the first name or nickname to be ridiculous, tainted with dishonor or extremely difficult to write or pronounce;
(2) The new first name or nickname has been habitually and continuously used by the petitioner and he has been publicly known by that first name or nickname in the community; or,
(3) The change will avoid confusion.
WHERE SHOULD ONE FILE THE PETITION?
The Local Civil Registry Office where the record containing the error is kept.
If you’re already based outside of the local registry where your records are kept then you may file in your nearest Local Registry Office.
You can read more about the RA9048 here (http://mastercitizen.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/nso-topic-republic-act-9048/)
And there you go! I really learned a lot in that brunch and I hope you got to pick a tip or two in my posts too 🙂 Thanks for dropping by the blog!
JUST A REMINDER: If you have any other questions head over to your nearest NSO branch, your local registrar or your city hall! I am not affiliated with NSO and cannot answer questions that may not be answered by the facts posted herein.