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How to Apply Correction or Change of Name/Entry in Birth Certificate

If you want to apply for a change of name or correct a clerical or typographical errors in an entry in your birth certificate, just follow the procedures below.

Let's make it clear, what are allowed here are only minor changes in entries (such as correction or change of first name/nickname). If you want to change the sex, age, nationality or civil status in your birth certificate, a separate article will discuss regarding that.

Procedures in Correction/Change of the First Name or Nickname in your Birth Certificate?

Remember, correction and change of first name are different. If your first name or nickname is misspelled (had a wrong spelling), then you have to request for Correction of Civil Entry (CCE). For example, correcting the first name "Jeson" into "Jason". On the other hand, if you have a completely different first name in your birth certificate (example: you often used Lily but what is registered in your birth certificate is "Lailah"), then you have to request for Change of First Name (CFN).

Let's proceed...

1.  Secure and bring the the needed requirements.
  • For those who want for Correction of Clerical Error (CCE), below are the needed requirements.
    • 2 valid id's or any of the following id's:
      • Driver's license
      • Baptismal certificate
      • COMELEC Voter’s id
      • GSIS or SSS id
      • School ID
      • Land Title/Certificate of Transfer of Title
      • Bank records
      • others (as required by the Civil Registrar)
    • Birth certificate (NSO copy)
    • Birth certificate (Local Civil Registrar copy)
    • If petitioner or the person who request is not the document/birth certificate owner, you should attach a Power-of-attorney
    • Required clearance, to wit:
      • NBI Clearance
      • PNP Clearance
      • Certificate of Employment with no pending administrative case (for employed) or Affidavit of Unemployment (for unemployed applicants);  Business permit (for self-employed)
  • For those who want for Change of First Name (CFN), the needed requirements are:
    • 2 valid id's or any of the following:
      • Driver’s License
      • Employment Record
      • Baptismal Certificate
      • Business Record
      • COMELEC Voter’s Affidavit/record
      • GSIS or SSS record
      • Medical Record
      • Insurance Record
      • Land Title/Certificate of Land Transfer
      • Bank passbook
      • Others (as required by the Civil Registrar)
    • Birth certificate (NSO copy)
    • Birth certificate (Local Civil Registrar copy)
    • If petitioner is not the document owner, attach a Power-of-Attorney
2.  Go to the Civil Registrar's Office. Get and fill-out the forms:
  • Petition Form RA9048 1.1 - for Correction of Clerical Error (CCE)
  • Petition form RA9048 4.1 - for Change of First Name (CFN)
You can get these forms in the Civil Registrar's Office.

Who are elegible to apply for a petition?
  • a person must be of legal age (18 years old and above). Thus, a minor (less than 18 year old) cannot file a petition.
  • a person must be the owner of the record (or birth certificate) that contains error in first name
  • if you are not the owner of the record (or birth certificate), you can still file a petition if you are the spouse, son/daughter/, parent(s), brother, sister, grandparent, guardian, or any other person duly authorized by law or owner of the record.
How much are the fees?
  • Filing Fee for CCE ...................... PhP 1,000.00
  • Filing Fee for CFN ....................... PhP 3,000.00
  • Mailing Fee ................................ PhP 80.00
  • Endorsement Fee ....................... PhP 250.00
Migrant petitioners (or out-of-town applicationts) shall pay an additional service fee to the Petition Receiving Civil Registrar (PRCR). This service fee will accrue to the local treasury of the PRCR:
  • For CCE .................................... PhP 500.00
  • For CFN ..................................... PhP 1,000.00
In case of a petition filed with the Consul General (CG), the fees are the same for all Philippine Consulates. The fees are the following:
  • For CCE .................................... $ 50.00
  • CFN .......................................... $ 150.00
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44 king   (04 March 2017 3:59 PM)
sir wat if i want to change the first name of my son how much will be the fee

43 Merie faith M. Matias   (22 February 2017 5:36 PM)
Hi I would like to know how cang I change my parents mispelled names. My father's first name i Gerry but in my NSO it's showing Jerry and also my Mother's name is Maria but in my nso it's Ma. How can i change this and how long will it take me t correct this because I want to file for marraige application. Thank you and great day!

42 Irene silfavan   (04 February 2017 3:01 PM)
Paano ko po aayusin ang NSO ko kasi nakalagay po doon apelyido pa ng nanay ko pero kasal naman po sila at sa lahat ng documents ko apilido po ng tatay ko ginagamit ko . nagpa affidabit naman na po ako kaso pag kukuha passport di po tinatanggap ang affidabit kailangan malinis na ang NSO . thank u po

41 sharlene mae agonos   (17 January 2017 4:36 PM)
Paano po mapapa correct ung 1 letter sa apelyido ko dapat kasu agunos un kaso ang gamit ko agonos lahat po ng id ko pati diploma gusto ko po sana ipacorrect ung mali na 1 letter help me po meron na po ako dito nso na tama kaso mga id ko mali lahat

40 Jessie palafox   (29 December 2016 6:18 AM)
Paano po pag correction ng apilyedo? dapat po kase is laurilla pero ang lumabas po sa nso nya ay laurella eh mali po yun! Mag kano po magastos don?

39 jaironn navarro   (29 November 2016 8:53 PM)
hi just want to ask how to add suffix II to my son's name

38 roberto fuentes   (11 November 2016 3:27 PM)
i was bullied by my classmates when i was young because of my name.now i decided to do an step to make my name turn into robert.is it posible? and how much will it cause? hoping for your proper response.thank you

37 Baby Alexiz Marie Tejada   (07 November 2016 4:56 PM)
I am writing to ask about the process for changing my first name.. I was using the name "Alexiz Marie" in elementary until my teacher requested to have my mom visit the school. It was then I was advised to use "Baby Alexiz Marie" which is the first name on my local civil registrar. I am staying in Bacolod and I was registered at Manila City hall. If I am to process and have the "Baby" removed from my name, may I know the procedure and the requirements if ever? In any case, any estimate on the expenses.

36 Malou   (07 November 2016 12:17 PM)

Paano naman po kung magbabawas ng letter. Yung name kasi ng mama ko sa Birth Certificate ay "Leonora" supposetedly "Nora" lang. Kindly assist me po.

Thank you and God bless,

35 Fritzy   (24 October 2016 10:19 PM)

How to apply for change of last name??
Thank you

34 Winnie   (10 September 2016 11:50 AM)
They said you need a PROOF OF PUBLICATION when filling change of first name. How long does the name needs to be in the newspaper? It is really for 2weeks? Isnt that tooooo long? The Municipal personnel told us to pay for the publication...and it is not stated in the RA how long it needs to be on newspaper.

33 rhea marie sase   (31 August 2016 6:56 PM)
Hi po .. ano po requirements para po ma icorrect yong wrong spelling ng name ruel po dapat yong husband ko pro nakalagay sa birthcertificate nya is roel... anu ano po ba requirements para dun.. please reply po...

32 Vengilen   (20 August 2016 8:24 AM)
Goodmorning po..ano po kaya maganda gawin my mother will processing passport ang problem po yong name niya sa marriage cert kulang na Ma. yong name niya sa birth certificate my Ma...hope you will respond to my querries..thanks

31 Marianne Ventura   (29 July 2016 5:15 AM)
Hi po, tanong ko po kung magkano talaga ang paayos ng change of name, kasi nag file kami sa Pangasinan, sinisingil po kami ng 8,700. bakit po ganun e, ang nakalagay dito 3,000 plus other expenses na hindi naman umaabot ng ganun kamahal. please help us. Thank you so much po in advance.

30 CZARAH   (26 July 2016 1:17 PM)
hi po, tanong ko lang po paano po ipaayos yung NSO birthcertificate ko, kulang po kasi yung name ko dapat po "czarah gin" kaso yung nasa NSO "czarah" lang po at kung magkano narin po yung paayos

salamat po

29 annabelle gacusan   (23 July 2016 3:45 PM)
hello i just want to ask what will i do
my NSO copy is Annabel
but the problem is all my document is ANNABELLE
what shall i do....thnaks

28 Kryzlyn   (25 June 2016 5:01 AM)
My last.name in my NSO is Enrina but my real last name Endrina, should I follow the Enrina to my ID's and passport?
To get my passport

Thanks I hope I hear back from. You... :)

27 cristine solidum   (12 May 2016 5:03 PM)
Hi, i would like to ask how to correct the surname of my father to "solidom" to "SOLIDUM". and how much will it cost.

26 Krizza   (11 May 2016 11:13 PM)
I was wondering if the same procedures should be undergone when changing "Surnames"...

25 Geraldine   (06 April 2016 10:07 AM)
Hi, I would like to ask if how much will it cost for me to change my name from "Geraldin" to" Geraldine"??
Should I go to the place where I was born?
Thank you.

24 Geraldine   (06 April 2016 10:04 AM)
Hi, I would like to ask if how much will it cost for me to correct my first name from "Geraldin" to "Geraldine "?
Thank you!

23 aldrin   (20 March 2016 3:44 PM)
Can i use PRC ID and PAssport for the required 2 valid IDs?

22 admin   (14 March 2016 9:24 PM)
ann, you should use the name appeared on your Birth Certificate.

21 elsa   (23 February 2016 10:01 AM)
hi! good day!
i just had my NSO Birth certificate from NSO, i found out that my middle name spelled BRIDO. but since i study i used BREDO... so all my id's was BREDO. now im going to apply for passport, how can i change my id's to BRIDO from BREDO? what are the necessary documents needed and procedures? please let me know. i need help!

20 Elfren v. Villanueva   (20 February 2016 10:35 AM)
Sir/mam, my problem is not correct the date of my birth, what can i do..

19 Dennis   (18 February 2016 12:17 PM)
Good day! I would like to inquire regarding change spelling of my mother's name in her birth cert., from Merciditas to Mercedita. What should be our first step? Thanks i advance! Godbless

18 Jessabell Delliva   (10 February 2016 2:04 PM)
I would like to change my family name from Delleva (as registered on my NSO) to Delliva (the name I used with all my other documents). The rest of my family is using Delliva. May I ask what would be the correct procedure for this change? thank you.

17 Eduardo B. Vasquez   (16 October 2015 8:09 PM)
i want to change my name.From Domingo to Eduardo Vasquez..because i not use domingo since birth.till now..all my document is Eduardo.thanks..

16 Cane Barrioquinto   (03 August 2015 12:44 PM)
Good day! I want to correct my gender. I am a female but, in my NSO and Local Registrar Certificate is male. Please advise, Thank you

15 Benson Magtahas   (23 July 2015 9:21 AM)
I want to correct the spelling of my family name or surname which is Magtajas(based on the Civil Registrar) to Magtahas which is my real surname.how much is the cost for that?And how long is the processing?Please help and guide me.god bless.Im Benson Magtahas

14 emma cutora pajanonot   (20 June 2015 9:39 PM)
i need to change my middle name

13 melody malbago baton   (13 April 2015 1:30 PM)
My concern is I want to change my middle name,last name and year of my birth since birth I've never my lastname put in my cerficate.how much is coz and how many years to process.thanks I'm waiting your response

12 jennifer lopez   (14 January 2015 11:46 PM)
I would like to file the correction of my name I using since I was elementary im Jennifer Consignado Lopez but when i noticed in my nso was Jennifer Guantia Consignado please help me for this problem nd how long I wait for the correction of my name

11 Saint Francis hctcmsi Iloilo   (08 October 2014 9:23 AM)
for newly born babies, how to delete one letter from the name of the child? Thank you.

10 Jhelyn Labra Recaido   (24 September 2014 7:54 AM)
panu po mag palipat ng apelyido,, ung apelyido ko po ksi ngaun sa nanay ko ipapalipat ko sna po sa apelyido ng tatay ko

9 antonio payang   (23 May 2014 7:45 AM)
an entry in our land title was made, the Maiden name of my spouse is TERESITA TABANGAY TABAMO, in the title it is stated married to TERESITA TABANGAY insteed married to TERESITA TABAMO. How can I correct this error?

8 richard fonseca   (30 April 2014 9:34 AM)
i would like to file correction of my first nmae but i was born in abu dhabi what should i do

7 demy cleofas   (03 February 2014 12:20 PM)
what if our original copy of nso.is already taken of gsis..there clasified photo copy of our nso is acceptable to file a cce?.

6 athelstane duque II   (07 December 2013 8:41 PM)
For error in suffix, JR. instead of II, which will apply CCE or CFN. And where should it be filed? in the originating civil registry office or it can be filed to Civil Registry Main Office.

Thank you in advance.

5 mirasol rivera   (16 May 2013 4:15 PM)
I am female and i was born in the year of 1979 in my local civil registrar my year of date of birth is 1979.but when i get my NSO my year of date of 1976.because it is handwritten
pls help me.i apply passport and i found out that my nso record in year date of birth is 1976.so until now my passport is pending...pls help me what to do...

4 Love Paz   (26 March 2013 8:23 PM)
Pano po ipa remove ung date of marriage ng parents sa birth certificate ng anak? Di po sila married.

3 Antonio P. Santos Jr   (20 March 2013 11:19 AM)
Need help! All my identifications including school docs, tin I'd, SSS, drivers license, and etc have jR on my name, but found out that my birth certificate has Ni JR on it. Please tell me step by step want should I do to. Change my birth certificate to have JR on it?

2 charlene   (21 September 2012 3:51 PM)
how can i fix the wrong spelling of my father;s name roel cortez instead of ruel cortez?what can i do about this case?thank you and Godbless

1 GIGI D. ABOGADO   (11 July 2012 4:58 PM)
For error in suffix, JR. instead of III, which will apply CCE or CFN. And where should it be filed? in the originating civil registry office or it can be filed to Civil Registry Main Office.

Thank you in advance.