How to Get a Copy of Your Philippines Birth Certificate in the USA
So, I'm pretty sure I once used my birth certificate as a drink coaster. That poor piece of paper was thrown around, folded, torn, and traveled more than most people do in their entire lives. The more I looked at it, the more it became a familiar sight, and the more I figured I would never, ever need it.
Then, I got married. The way I wanted to change my last name was a little unconventional and required extra steps and extra documents. I had every single thing I needed... except, of course, my old drink coaster.
I mean, my birth certificate.
Confidence turned to irritation as I scoured my house, searching for this one piece of paper between me and my goal. The abused document probably took flight as I slept, hitching a Greyhound bus to Mexico or somewhere else far, far away... I never did find it. I thought, 'Oh no. This is going to be a huge pain to get another copy.'
Much to my surprise, getting a copy of my birth certificate from all the way over in the Philippines was quick, easy, and simple.
- Go to https://www.ecensus.com.ph/
- Click on the "Click here to request now" button. I found the buttons on the inside of the big pictures on the page.
- Accept the Terms and Conditions agreement.
- Fill out all the forms provided with your personal information. There are only a couple and they're pretty short. One is for your current delivery information and the other is your actual birth certificate information. If you're unsure about the province in which you were born (I moved to the US when I was two years old so I had NO clue about anything Philippines-related), research it on the internet. Wikipedia has great articles about the Philippines and you can usually find what you're looking for in the first paragraph of the page.
- Fill out your payment information. Don't worry, it's a secure website. Also, don't let the big numbers like 315 or 400 fool you. It's only 20 US dollars. That's about as much as a meal for two at Arby's, so it's not that bad.
- After that, you're pretty much done. If it's an uncomplicated document, such as mine, and you live in the US, the website calls for 6-8 delivery time. I got mine in a little less than 2 weeks.
The quality of my copied birth certificate was pretty bad, but it was the best possible copy that was available (which is written directly on the document itself so there can be no objections). In 1986, typewriters were still all the rage, I guess. It's also an odd, almost hi-lighter yellow color. Font and paper color aside, I'm quite impressed by the speed in which I received my birth certificate. I would definitely recommend this process to anyone else seeking a birth certificate copy from the Philippines, and I'm happy that this process didn't turn out to be a nightmare.