Administrative Correction of Civil Registry

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Administrative Correction of Civil Registry
What are the conditions for change in first name or nickname?
Who may file the petition for correction of clerical error?
Basic Requirements to file a petition for correction of clerical error
Where should the petition be filed?
How much is the fee in filing a petition?
Procedures in filing the petition for correction of clerical error
Procedures in Filing the Petition for Change in First Name
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Filipinos abroad may file a petition before the Philippine Consulate General in New York to correct a clerical or typographical error in an entry and/or cause a change of First Name or Nickname in the Civil Register without need of a judicial order. This may be done under Republic Act 9048, as amended by Republic Act 10172

 

WHAT IS REPUBLIC ACT 9048, AS AMENDED BY R.A. 10172?

Republic Act (RA) 9048, as amended authorizes the City or Municipal Civil Registrar or the Consul General to correct certain clerical or typographical errors in an entry in the civil register without need of a judicial order.

 

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo approved the R.A. 9048 on 22 March 2001. With the law taking effect on 22 April 2001, the Civil Registrar-General promulgated Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2001, which was published in the newspaper in August that year.

 

Eleven years thereafter, Republic Act No. 10172 was enacted into law, expanding the list of clerical or typographical errors under R.A. 9048 that may be corrected without a judicial order. This was followed by Administrative Order No. 1, Series of 2012 of the Civil Registrar General, which is the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the said R.A. 10172.

 

WHAT CORRECTIONS CAN BE MADE BY RA 9048, AS AMENDED BY R.A. 10172?

RA 9048, as amended by R.A. 10172, allows the following corrections:

Correction of clerical or typographical errorsin any entry in civil registry documents.

A clerical or typographical error refers to an obvious mistake committed in clerical work, either in writing, copying, transcribing, or typing an entry in the civil register that is harmless and innocuous, such as the following:

 

(a)  a misspelled name or misspelled place of birth and the like, and can be corrected or changed only by reference to other existing record or records

 

(b)  day and/or month of birth

 

(c)  gender/sex (provided that this correction is not a result of a sex-reassignment)

 

Change of a person's first name or nickname in his/her civil registry document under certain grounds specified under the law through administrative process.