Legalizing the use of an alias based on existing laws
"How can I legally have an alias? Can I just use an alias without going to court?
Every person is given a name from which he or she may be identified. The name is registered in his or her birth certificate and should be the same name that he or she will use in all other pertinent documents and dealings.The use of pseudonyms or aliases solely for literary, cinema, television, radio or other entertainment purposes and in athletic events is a normally accepted practice. If not for the said purposes, a person would not be allowed to use any name from the one with which he or she is baptized for the first time, or in case of an alien, with which the person was registered in the Bureau of Immigration upon entry, or such substitute name as may have been authorized by a competent court (Section 1, Republic Act 6085). Any person desiring to have an alias on the aforementioned purposes shall make an application for authority therefore in proceedings like those legally provided to secure such judicial authority for the change of name. The petition shall set forth the person’s baptismal and family name and the name recorded in the civil registry, if different, his or her immigrant’s name, if he or she is an alien, the pseudonym, if the person has such names other than his original or real name, and shall specify therein the reason or reasons for the desired alias. If the petition is granted, the judicial authority for the use of alias, the Christian name, and if applicable, the alien immigrant’s name shall be recorded in the proper local civil registry. No person shall be allowed to secure this judicial authority more than once (Section 2, ibid.)
The use of an alias without the proper judicial authority is strictly prohibited. To allow every person to use one every time he or she wants to would necessarily create confusion as to the person’s real identity. Thus, a person who uses an alias in violation of the provisions of RA 6085, or the law regulating the use of aliases, will be punished with imprisonment from one year to five years, and a fine of P5,000 to P10,000.Finally, we wish to remind you that this opinion is solely based on your narration of facts and our appreciation of the same. The opinion may vary if other facts are added or elaborated.
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