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.

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

  1. Tumawag po ako sa 834-4000 ngayon(December 11, 2018). Pinatawag ako sa DFA hotline 234-3488. Ang sabi dapat daw PSA, hindi na daw accepted ang NSO. Meron na po bang update ngayo? schedule po kasi ng anak ko sa December 15.

  2. ask ko lang po kung pwede ko po ipresent yun nso ko sa dfa dahil my appointment po ako ngayon december 13? valid pa po ba nso or need na po Psa un logo nya?

  3. Hello po, wala pong birth cert ang mother ko kya wl po syang record s PSA pero meron marriage contract at cenomar gling PSA pwede n po b yon s pagkuha nya ng passport 74 y/o n po sya. Salmat po.

  4. hi! good afternoon i have a question sir/mam, meron kasi akong authenticated PSA birth certificate or napared ribbon ko na po, ilang months or years po bang Valid yun? last 2016 ko kasi yun pina authenticate. gagamitin ko po sana kasi magpapakasal kami ng gf ko sa Riyadh.

  5. Good day po!
    For passport change name po ako at required po ang marriage cert pero nso po ang hawak ko tatanggapin po ba ng dfa and nso or kailangan po na psa authenticated document lang
    Thank you po.

  6. Just de same case po nso lng po hawak ko ngyn 2days from now psa declaire offline service due to network has not work 2days napo kmi pumipila e kelangan ko sana for my schedule appoiinment for my passport on nov.17 isang araw nlng palugit ko to get that new logo of birthcertificate ok lng kaya kung ung nso nlng dlhin ko kc wala nkmi oras to get that saturday di cla open..valid parin kaya po till now ung old nso birth certificate

  7. Pano po kung on-Processing pa yung birth certificate (for correcting of gender) tapos mag oOJT sa ibang bansa. Late ko na kase nakita yung mali sa gender ko. Pwede po ba kong mkapag passport po?

  8. Thank you for your information. I asked Philippine Embassy in Tokyo about this. Dahil maraming kababayan din ang tanong ito. Mahirap at magastos kse magpakuha lagi ng documents. Pero hindi nila sinasagot direct. Ang sinasabi nila tingnan ang requirements sa site nila at iyon ang sundin. PSA lang nakalagay don…so chances are pag pumunta sa kanila at NSO ang dala, masisisi pa nila. Hindi lang para sa passport but also for other consular services that requires BC like Report of Birth. Pls help. Thank you in advance.

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

  10. 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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