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The Fastest NSO Philippines Branch (PSA) to Get your Documents

UPDATE June 2019: PSA East Avenue is now open!  The PSA Main branch at East Avenue, Diliman is now open again! Be sure to be early because you’ll need to fall in line twice: once to get a visitor’s pass to enter the building, twice to actually submit the request, pay, and wait for your certificates. When I was there, it took me a total of 4 to 5 hours because I went in the afternoon. Bring something to read, play, or eat. It’ll be a while.
We are in dire need of Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) certified copies of our birth certificates and Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) fast but we don’t want to fall asleep in line. So, this is how we found out about the fastest NSO Philippines branch (PSA). nso philippines, cenomar, wedding preparation requirements, marriage license requirements Last month, Mark came home to attend our scheduled Marriage Preparation Seminar led by Victory in Katipunan on October 14 and 21. One of our to-dos in line with our marriage prep work is to get our birth certificates and CENOMARs (marriage license requirements). While we both were trained to withstand long lines in UP, we just don’t have the time and patience to sit, stand, and be hangry.

Fastest NSO Philippines Branch We’ve Ever Been

So we sought the help of his Mama Teddy who was able to get a copy of his birth certificate in less than an hour! Was that even possible in the Philippines??? Apparently, it is. So, here’s how to get NSO birth certificate fast! In a humble corner of Caloocan City Hall A. Mabini St., (South) sits comfortably the fastest NSO Philippines branch (or probably us) have ever known. We are in and out of the premises in less than 45 minutes. We got there around 3:30 in the afternoon.

So what did we do? These are the only steps:

  1. Get the form you need for the certificate you’re requesting for. Accomplish it!
  2. Fall in line for ID verification. When your IDs are good, the smiling lady will give you your queue number for the cashier.
  3. Next, fall in line to get a pay order form to pay for the documentary stamp that costs PHP 20 each per copy. So, if you’re applying for two copies of your birth certificate, you will pay PHP 40.
  4. Then, fall in line in the payment counters. There are two windows, W11 and W12. Hand-over your accomplished forms and pay order form. They will give you an OR after payment.
  5. After this, wait for your number to flash on the queue screen. Once up, proceed to the cashier and pay for your requested forms.
  6. Lastly, just wait for your name/number to be called to claim your certificates! If by any chance you finish 1-5 after their cut-off, they’ll hand-over your OR with a date and time of when you can claim your documents. So, alam na, dumating ng maaga!

Birth Certificate Rates

Just to give you an update, as of February 2018, PSA has increased processing fees for various documents. The new marriage, death, and birth certificate rates according to PSA are as follows:
  • ₱155.00 per copy of birth, marriage, and death certificates
  • ₱210.00 per copy of marriage certificate or certificate of no marriage (CENOMAR)
Delivery Rate Within the Philippines – PSA Serbilis
  • ₱330.00 per copy for birth, marriage, and death certificates
  • ₱430.00 per copy for CENOMAR
Delivery Rate to Other Countries- PSA Serbilis
  • USD 20.30 per copy for birth, death and marriage certificates
  • USD 25.30 per copy for CENOMAR
UPDATE  JULY 2018: The New Caloocan City Hall no longer houses the PSA nor the applications of authenticated birth certificates and other documents. The branch where most people head to now is at the Sta. Mesa Branch. Be warned, though, the waiting time could take at least a half day. Around two to three hours if you’re with a Senior Citizen.


    • CHA

      Hi, Myca! The new rate for authenticated PSA copy of the birth, marriage, and death certificates is now PhP 155. It was originally PhP 140 per copy. The Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) on the other hand is now PhP 210 per copy from PhP 195.

  • Maricris delos angeles

    How to petition a correction for surname? And what is the requirements? And how long it will takes? Many thanks

    • CHA

      Hi, Maricris! You may check the detailed process on how to correct surname via PSA website here. Hope this helps. Thank you!
      Wrong Spelling
      The wrongly spelled middle name in the birth certificate should be corrected by filing a petition for correction of clerical error under the provisions of Republic Act 9048.
      Who Shall File
      owner of the record
      owners spouse
      other person duly authorized by law or by the owner of the document sought to be corrected;
      if owner of the record is a minor or physically or mentally incapacitated, petition may be filed by his spouse, or any of his children, parents, brothers; sisters; grandparents, guardians, or persons duly authorized by law.
      Where to File
      If born in the Philippines
      The petition shall be filed with the local civil registry office of the city or municipality where the birth is registered.
      When the petitioner had already migrated to another place within the Philippines and it would not be practical for such party to appear in person with the civil registrar of the place of birth, the petition may be filed with the civil registry office where he/she is currently residing
      If born abroad
      If born abroad, with the Philippine Consulate where the birth was reported.
      Supporting Documents
      Certified machine copy of the birth record containing the entry to be corrected;
      Not less than two (2) private or public documents upon which the correction shall be based like baptismal certificate, voters affidavit, employment record, GSIS/SSS record, medical record, business record, drivers license, insurance, land titles, certificate of land transfer, bank passbook, NBI/police clearance, civil registry records of ascendants;
      Notice/Certificate of Posting;
      Payment of one thousand Pesos (P1,000.00) as filing fee.For petitions filed abroad a fee of $50.00 or equivalent value in local currency shall be collected;
      Other documents which may be required by the concerned civil registrar.

    • CHA

      Hi, Angelica! As far as I know, oo. Even yung Caloocan PSA ay sa Sta. Mesa pwede kumuha. I checked yung other available field offices, pwede mo din sila tawagan para i-confirm kung available pa sila. Itong list sa baba ay galing sa PSA. Pwede pa din naman kumuha sa SM Business Centers kung sakali. 🙂
      Pasay City – Hobbies of Asia, #8 Diosdado Macapagal Avenue
      Makati City – Makati City Hall, J.P. Rizal St., Poblacion
      Muntinlupa City – 2nd Level, East Parking, Starmall, Alabang
      Pasig City – Pasig City Hall, Caruncho Avenue, Barangay San Nicolas

  • Ronalie Cayme

    Pwede po b pumila through online…d q po kbisado lugar☺pupunta po aq bukas jan…help po konte…andto po aq ngaun meycauayan bulacan…tnx po☺

  • Joey Dino Escala

    If ever po kz yung 3 pamangkin ng wife q ang kukunan q ng birth certificate…anu-ano po ba ang kailangang requirements para makuha q ang birth certificate nla???and if through online,how much each copies and where to pay…thank you☺☺☺

    • CHA

      Hi, Joey! For online application, rates and where to get it is already included in the blog. 🙂 For offline applications at PSA East Avenue, bring two valid IDs, if you only have one, have a photocopy of your only valid ID. Fill-up the application form and follow the process on-site. Hope this helps, thank you! You can also check out this page for more details.

  • Jhena Limon

    Hi! May I ask kung itong Sta. Mesa branch na ito ay nag-rerelease ng papers within a day? Next week na kasi ang interview ko for US immigration and I need my CENOMAR ASAP. Thank you.

    • CHA

      Hello, Jhena! When my mom and sister in law went here, they got their documents within the day. You just have to be patient enough to wait in line! 🙂 They waited roughly four (4) hours for the documents.

    • CHA

      Hi, Merry! Pwede kang pumunta sa East Avenue Main Office ng PSA. I suggest you go there earlier and prepare all necessary requirements before going. Be sure to have at least two valid IDs, if you only have one valid ID: make sure to bring a photocopy of that. You can get the copy of your documents within the same day if you are patient enough to wait. 🙂

    • Dinah

      Hello mam Cha.. ano po ang gagawin ko para maka kuha agad ng birth at marriage certificate in a day lang po… need kasi sa ngayong dec.20 2019.. salamat po..

      • CHA

        Hi, Dinah! Kailangan lang maging matiyaga sa pagpila! Sa PSA East Avenue ako kumuha ng certificates noon at buong hapon ako pumila at naghintay. Almost 6PM ko na din na-claim yung certificates.

  • Michelle Tolentino

    Hi po, May endorsement for legitimation po ako ng anak ko, paano po b ang gagawin pagpunta ko ng psa complex? ask ko nrin po kung kung pwede ipa mail at ilang days po bago marecieve? Maraming salamat po…

  • Ernielyn

    Ask klng sana bukas po ba saturday ang makati cityhall for PSA pra sa. Birth at.married certificate at makukuha rin po ba agad? Pls and thank you..

    • CHA

      Hi, Gracel! I would suggest sa PSA East Avenue. But be there earlier (as soon as the quarantine is over) in the morning. Ako I was able to get birth and marriage certificates in one day but mahaba pila sa hapon. So, try to be there earlier. 🙂

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