The most important personal document you could ever own is your birth certificate. It’s your main identification document and you’ll need it to get a lot of other very important things like your passport, your SSS UMID, driver’s license, and more. Fortunately, you no longer need to go to the nearest Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)* branch. You can now order a copy of your birth certificate, as well as your children’s birth certificates, online.
You can get your birth certificate from two online sources:
*Trivia: Birth certificates used to be under the National Statistics Office (NSO) but that organization has been merged to be a part of the PSA.
How to Get Your Birth Certificate Online from the PSA
Things to remember:
- You’ll need a valid government-issued ID to claim it upon delivery. If you don’t have one, you can ask your parents to order one for you and they can claim it using their valid IDs.
- As of this writing (May 2021), there is no suffix selection (“Jr.”, “Sr.”, etc.) on the website when filling out the forms. Still, when a relative of mine ordered and received their birth certificate, it automatically had the suffix “JR” on their father’s name. If you’re not sure and you don’t want to take the risk, it might be better to actually visit a PSA branch to get your birth certificate.
- As of this writing, one copy of your PSA birth certificate will cost around P365 which includes delivery costs and other fees. Take note though that the cost can increase later on.
How to get your birth certificate from the PSA:
- Go to https://psahelpline.ph/
(Note: You can also go to https://www.psaserbilis.com.ph/Default.aspx. I’ve personally only tested psahelpline so I can’t comment on that one.)
- Take note that you can also get your marriage certificate, CENOMAR, or your relative’s death certificate here if needed.
- Choose whose certificate you are getting. Since you’re getting your own certificate, choose “Self”.
- If you don’t have a valid ID to claim it but your parents do, you can ask them to place the order. They have to click “son” or ”daughter” in the options.
- Type the required personal information on each page:
- Your sex, name, birthday, etc. The next page will ask you to double-check your info to make sure everything is spelled correctly.
- Your father’s name (there’s a check box in case the father is unknown).
- Your mother’s MAIDEN name (her name when she was still unmarried).
- Your place of birth. It will also ask if you’ve been registered late or on time.
- Next, select the reason why you’re getting your birth certificate.
- The next page will ask if there was any legitimization done. If you want to know more about it, click this link to the PSA.
- The next page will ask for your delivery information. Type your address, mobile number, and email address. This is where the PSA will deliver your birth certificate, and this is the number the delivery personnel will call.
- You should receive your reference number on the next page, on your mobile number through SMS, and on your email.
- The last step will be payment. Use your reference number and select the payment method you want to use:
- Credit card, GCash, PayMaya, over the counter through 7-eleven or Palawan Pawnshop, through banks like BancNet ATMs, Metrobank, BPI, BDO, or through Dragonpay.
- Just click your chosen payment method and follow the instructions.
- After payment, the PSA will deliver your birth certificate to your address in a few days or weeks. Remember to show the delivery person your ID! Your birth certificate should be in a sealed envelope and the receipt should be stapled on to the certificate itself.
And there you have it! That’s how you can get your birth certificate from the PSA without having to leave your home.
Do you have any more questions about it? Did anything change in their system recently? Just tell us in the comments section below!