Validity of birth, death, marriage certificates now permanent

There is no need for the public to repeatedly obtain birth, death or marriage certificates from the Philippine Statistics Authority, or the former National Statistics Office because the validity of such documents is permanent.

According to Senator Bong Revilla Jr, the proposal passed by Congress for such matter is automatically a law after the proposal “lapsed into law” on July 28.

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Revilla showed reporters this Tuesday the letter from Malacañang signed by Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez, to inform the Senate president of the promulgation of the said new law.

In a statement, Revilla, who promoted the proposal in the Senate, explained that the certificate “issued, signed, certified, or authenticated” by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), or the former National Statistics Office (NSO), and local civil registries, “shall have permanent validity regardless of the date of issuance.”

It is said that all branches of the government and the should recognize and accept such documents if necessary for a person’s transaction as proof of his personhood or legal status.

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Validity of birth, death, marriage certificates now permanent

According to Revilla, the law was made because government agencies or other branches asked for a new copy of such a document after six months. Because of this, it appears that the said documents are only valid for six months.

Although the PSA explained that such documents coming from their agents have no expiration, Revilla said that the agency did not accept them as soon as the PSA changed the color of the security paper used to make the certificate.

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Birth, marriage, and death certificates issued by the PSA will now cost P155 per copy instead of P140, while certificates of no marriage record (Cenomar) would increase to P210 from P195 per copy, as per Provincial Statistics Officer Antonet Catubuan.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has implemented their booking system for Civil Registration Services in response to the epidemic. This means that you must schedule an online appointment before visiting a PSA location to request PSA certifications.

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