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How to Get a Copy of Your Philippines Birth Certificate in the USA

Updated on May 08, 2013

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.

  1. Go to https://www.ecensus.com.ph/
  2. Click on the "Click here to request now" button. I found the buttons on the inside of the big pictures on the page.
  3. Accept the Terms and Conditions agreement.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @simplicity14323 -- I have no idea why you'd have to pay extra money or go through all that complicated stuff. When I, and a few other people, did it through the website in this hub, there were no problems like that. :( I'm sorry I can't be of more help. I hope everything works out!

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    simplicity14323 3 years ago

    Help! I followed the process through the NSO. and have been in contact with them through email. But i need this document sent to me in Ca. I have asked for expedited services. I am leaving on a trip on the 3rd of December, and need it by then. They forwarded my info to a partner courier service called : SEAD Parcel Services. I went to their website directly to contact them, and none of their links work? It seems fishy. I don't know what to do? I have asked to use a better known carrier such as DHL, but no response. I feel stuck! And they want me to pay through Western Union for 89$. Any suggestions?

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    I'm so happy it helped!! I know how frustrating it can be. Trust me. :)

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    Amazing! 3 years ago

    I tried to replace my birth certificate years ago. My original was destroyed in a fire, and trying to get it replaced 15 years ago was a nightmare, and the cost was over 300 dollars. I finally just gave up, but something came up again where I needed it the original (I have a photocopy of the original which has worked thus far), so I decided to try again, and lo and behold, I found this hub post and the link you provided. So much easier and cheaper now that it was last time I tried. Thank you for that information! Now I just have to wait. 6-8 weeks was the projected delivery time.

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    I'm so happy you found this hub helpful, Esther. :) I received mine in 2 1/2 weeks but I also didn't order it during any holidays. As long as everything goes smoothly (which I'm sure it will) you should get yours before you know it!

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    Esther 3 years ago

    Thank you! I hope I will receive it soon, I ordered mine on 5/27 & my payment was cleared on 5/28. I received an email from NSO (e-Census) that my document was dispatched on June 4 with a registry#, my parents names & all my info. A total of how many days when you received yours, is weekends & holidays included? This Hub is very informative.

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    It did come through USPS and you have to sign for it. When I got mine I picked it up at the post office. :) I don't remember being given a tracking number... However, it arrived quickly for me so I never checked up on it.

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    Esther 3 years ago

    I know they use PhilPost to mail it, my question is, does it transfer to our regular post office (USPS)? did you get a tracking number? thanks

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