Correction of Clerical Error / Change of First Name or Nickname
CORRECTION OF CLERICAL OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR IN AN ENTRY AND/OR CHANGE OF FIRST NAME OR NICKNAME IN THE CIVIL REGISTER (Republic Act No. 9048)
AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OR MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OR THE CONSUL GENERAL TO CORRECT A CLERICAL OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR IN AN ENTRY AND/OR CHANGE OF FIRST NAME OR NICKNAME IN THE CIVIL REGISTER WITHOUT NEED OF A JUDICIAL ORDER, AMENDING FOR THIS PURPOSE ARTICLES 376 AND 412 OF THE CIVIL CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES.
What is a clerical error?
Clerical or typographical error" refers to a mistake committed in the performance of clerical work in writing, copying, transcribing or typing an entry in the civil register that is harmless and innocuous, such as misspelled name or misspelled place of birth or the like, which is visible to the eyes or obvious to the understanding, and can be corrected or changed only by reference to other existing record or records: Provided, however, That no correction must involve the change of nationality, age, status or sex of the petitioner.
What are the grounds for change of first name or nickname?
- The petitioner finds the first name or nickname to be ridiculous, tainted with dishonor or extremely difficult to write or pronounce.
- The new first name or nickname has been habitually and continuously used by the petitioner and he has been publicly known by that by that first name or nickname in the community: or
- The change will avoid confusion.
- Three (3) original Petitions
- DFA Authenticated NSO-Birth Certificate or NSO-Marriage Certificate to be corrected.
- Three (3) photocopies
- At least two (2) public or private documents showing the correct entry or entries upon which the correction or change shall be based;
- Other documents which the petitioner or the Consul General may consider relevant and necessary for the approval of the petition.
- In case of change of first name or nickname, the petition shall be supported with the following documents:
- DFA Authenticated NSO-Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate to be corrected
- A clearance or a certification that the owner of the documents has no pending administrative, civil or criminal case, or no criminal record, which shall be obtained from the following:
- b.1. Employer, if employed
- b.2.National Bureau of Investigation
- b.3 Philippine National Police
- b.4 Affidavit of publication from the publisher and a copy of the newspaper clipping
- SR200.00 - for correction of clerical error
- SR600.00 - for the change of first name