Birth Certificate Validity: Does PSA Birth Certificate Expire?

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Civil registry documents such as birth, marriage, and death certificates don’t have expiration dates.

The birth certificate is a permanent record of one’s identity. Therefore, the entries on this document will remain unchanged unless it goes through an administrative or judicial proceeding for birth certificate correction.

The misconception that the NSO/PSA birth certificate expires after six months of issuance is probably rooted in the fact that it changes color every now and then.

PSA birth certificates are printed on a security paper (SECPA). Once the PSA is able to print its target volume of birth certificates, it starts printing another set of birth certificates with a completely different color.

The color switch is a measure implemented by the PSA to prevent the proliferation of counterfeit documents.

Every time it changes color, the PSA coordinates with other government departments so they’ll be aware of what a PSA birth certificate looks like should they require their applicants to provide the latest copy.

In other words, while the PSA birth certificate doesn’t have an expiration period, it’s up to the other government agencies like DFA, Embassies/Consulate, SSS/GSIS, etc. whether to require the birth certificate in new or old SECPA. 

As we all know, most of the aforementioned government offices, as well as the majority of the employers, require applicants to submit new PSA-authenticated birth certificate. They prefer newly issued certificates because old ones are more likely to contain damaged sections or tampered entries.

To sum it all up, you can’t “renew” a PSA birth certificate because it doesn’t expire. However, you should request for the latest copy of your birth certificate if required by your employer or the government office you’re transacting with.

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