Every Filipino is required to possess a birth certificate. If you need a copy of your birth certificate, here is a detailed tutorial on obtaining a PSA birth certificate online via PSAHelpline.ph.
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A birth certificate contains information on your identity, citizenship, and family history. When you apply for licenses, identification cards, and official papers for education and job, you usually need to present your birth certificate. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is where you may get this document.
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What is a Birth Certificate?
The birth certificate is issued soon after a person is born, after the mother’s doctor submits the necessary paperwork to the relevant government office, typically the neighborhood civil registrar’s office.
The official birth certificate is kept at LCR, and records are held at the NSO for archival purposes. The birth certificate is used to verify a person’s identity and nationality and to facilitate the acquisition of identification papers provided by the government, such as a passport or driver’s license. In addition, in countries where citizenship is based on place of birth, having a birth certificate helps prove citizenship easier.
What is the Purpose of a PSA Birth Certificate?
A birth certificate is a formal record used to confirm a person’s birth. Additionally, it is the foundation for determining a person’s legitimacy as a party to a transaction or contract. The following situations frequently call for a birth certificate:
- Identification (driver’s license, national ID, and other government-issued IDs)
- Passport/travel purposes
- Local/foreign employment
- School requirements
How to Obtain an Online PSA Birth Certificate?
You may acquire a birth certificate online if you don’t have the time to go out and complete your application in person. The PSA has allowed PSAHelpline.ph to issue PSA birth certificates, and the portal makes the application process more manageable.
PSA Online Application Procedure
Step 1. Tap the “Order Now” button on the screen on the homepage of the PSAHelpline.ph website.
You may also use the “Order Now” option in the header.
Step 2. On the following screen, select the “Birth” button.
Accepting terms and conditions, check the box at the bottom. Click “Continue” to move on to the following stage.
Step 3. A page will present two choices. Select “My Birth Certificate” if you are purchasing a PSA birth certificate for yourself; select “For Someone Else” if you are getting a PSA birth certificate for a family member or someone else; then click “Continue.”
Step 4. There will be a page that lists the information needed from you. Before starting the procedure, ensure you have the required data; then click “Continue.”
Step 5. You will see a form asking for essential details such as your sex, civil status (if you are a woman), first name, middle name, last name, birth date, and the type of government-issued ID you have. Click “Continue” once the form has been submitted. Input all necessary information until Stage 8.
Step 6. After finishing Stage 8, you’ll see a screen (Stage 9) that requests your name and delivery address. Tap “Continue” once the information has been entered.
Step 7. Check the Certificate of Live Birth form to ensure accurate information. Decide how many copies you require. Check the “I Confirm” box when finished.
Fees and Payment Options for Online Applications
After completing the PSA birth certificate online application form, you will be given a Reference Number, which you may use to verify the payment alternatives available. PSAHelpline.ph’s current payment partners are:
- The Palawan Express
A PSA birth certificate is Php 365.00 to purchase in one copy. You can pay using any of the following methods:
You may pay for your request at a 7-Eleven using a CLIQQ machine.
If you prefer to pay with a Bayad or TouchPay machine, see the list of Bayad shops.
PayMaya e-wallet users may use the app to make payments for free.
- Credit card
For real-time payment posting, you can use a Mastercard or Visa card. As of this writing, JCB and American Express cards are not supported.
Go to a BancNet ATM to pay for your online application cost. Then, to settle the payment, select the Bills Payment option. Depending on the bank, payment posting may take a day or two.
If you have a GCash account, you may pay using the e-wallet option for a simple transaction.
You may quickly check the status of your request by selecting the “Check Status” button in the header and entering your 10-digit reference number.
- Within Metro Manila, delivery takes three to four working days. If the recipient’s address is outside Metro Manila, your document may arrive within three to eight working days.
- You will be asked to produce one valid government-issued ID to the courier upon delivery of your requested PSA document.
- You must physically receive the PSA document. Even with an authorization letter, the courier will not distribute the order to anybody else. If you are not accessible on the delivery date, don’t hesitate to contact PSAHelpline.ph at (02) 8737-1111, Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays), from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at PSAHelpline.ph.
- All papers that have not been delivered after two tries will be returned to the PSA after 30 calendar days, and any payments received for the documents will be forfeited. You can place a fresh order at PSAHelpline.ph.
Is the PSA Birth Certificate the same as the Certificate of Live Birth?
No. The Certificate of Live Birth is an unofficial record that attests to your medical viability at birth and is used exclusively for data entry reasons.
Do PSA birth certificates have an expiration date?
There is no time limit on PSA-issued and verified birth certificates. However, according to organizations like the Department of Foreign Affairs and embassies, the birth certificate copy must be no older than six months after the payment date. –WhatALife!/Brix