Are you looking for a job? If your answer is “yes” then you need to obtain a NSO Birth Certificate.

Are you applying for a Philippine passport? If your answer is “yes” then you need to obtain NSO Birth Certificate.

Is your child starting to go to school this school year? If your answer is “yes” then you need have his NSO Birth Certificate ready.

As you can see NSO Birth Certificate is vital for many transactions, either with the government or private institutions. Birth certificate is an government issued document that is used that you are the child of your parents. It is also used to prove your citizenry, sex (or gender if you want) and the date of your birth, which is the basis of your age.

The National Statistics Office (NSO) is the Philippine government agency that is tasked to manage and store birth certificates of all Filipino citizens. The NSO is the only institution authorized to issue birth certificates in the Philippines.
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NSO Birth Certificate - NSO logo

One of the requirements in my application for the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is the birth certificate. My parents have the birth certificate that they filled up when I was born. Unfortunately, the PRC does not accept that kind of birth certificate. What PRC wants is the NSO Birth Certificate.

This requirement is not only imposed by the PRC but also by other government agencies like the Consular Affairs Office of DFA. These government agencies require NSO Birth Certificate because of the prevalence of fake birth certificates.
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NSO Birth Certificate
NSO Birth Certificate

NSO Birth Certificate is just copy of the original birth certificate printed on paper that has the seal of NSO.

The NSO Birth Certificate can be obtained by going to National Statistics Office, which has the main office located along East Avenue in Quezon City. Another option, which is fast and hassle free, of obtaining the NSO Birth Certificate is by requesting it online through the e-Census website.

Obtaining NSO Birth Certificate through the e-Census website is the best option because you don't need to go to any NSO office and suffer waiting on long queues. I used this option when I recently need to get an NSO Birth Certificate. I am too busy with work and I have no chance of getting out of the office.

I will talk about how to obtain NSO Birth Certificate through e-Census in the next blog post.

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