Is NSO Birth Certificate Still Valid for Government Transactions?

The answer is YES! You can still use the old NSO Birth Certificate for government and non-government transactions like passport application, enrollment, and as a documentary requirement when applying in any government position this 2018. In fact, the NSO birth certificate is just the same as the one issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority. The only difference between the two is only the logo.

For school enrollment

Most schools in the country today require first-time enrollees to submit a copy of a PSA birth certificate to serve as proof of your child’s identity and for proper documentation of his/her school records. This usually takes place upon enrollment to pre-school, elementary, high school, and college.

If your child has only the old NSO birth certificate, you can still use it instead of the new one issued by the PSA. But there are reports that some schools are not accepting NSO-issued birth certificates, particularly in the Central Visayas Region. Therefore, on June 4, 2018, DepEd Undersecretary Jesus Mateo issued the Memorandum No. 0714. According to the memo, you can submit a birth certificate issued by the local registrar or even a barangay certification containing your child’s information in the absence of a PSA birth certificate. Similarly, the memorandum states that the submission of the birth certificate for purposes of enrollment should only be done ONCE during the duration of your child’s basic education.

For passport application or renewal

In a tweet by the Department of Foreign Affairs, they reiterate that the NSO-issued birth certificate is still accepted as a requirement for new passport applications and renewal (if applicable). The DFA clarified that they also accept birth certificates with more than 6 months since its issuance.

If any DFA personnel declines your NSO birth certificate because he/she wants the latest PSA copy, just show him/her these tweets from the DFA or call their hotline at (02) 556-0000.

Does the NSO Birth Certificate Expire?

On a press release from the Philippine Statistics Authority issued last June 30, 2016, the PSA clarified that birth certificates are permanent records of the identities of each individual and do not have an expiration period. They made it clear that even when the PSA has changed the features of the document it issues from its Civil Registry System database, it does not mean that the previously issued copies using the “old SECPA” are no longer valid.  The facts of birth contained in the “old SECPA” is still the same and does not expire unless there have been authorized annotations.

Is NSO Birth Certificate Still Valid for Government Transactions?
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8 thoughts on “Is NSO Birth Certificate Still Valid for Government Transactions?

  1. How about if the nso birth certificate is issued 3 years ago. Can I still use it for my passport application? Thanks in advance…

  2. inaccept pa din po ba sa DFA ung NSO newbie po kse ko apply ng passport
    sked ko na po sa sept 27, wala naman po kse nakalagy dun sa requirements na sinend nila thru email..valid ids lng nakalagy.

    • Yes, they will accept NSO birth certificate as per DFA Official Twitter account. Magadala ka na din ng BC, alam ko requirement yun kung new applications.

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