Philippines Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Civil Registration Records[edit | edit source]




Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Philippine Statistics Authority
PSA Complex, East Avenue
1101 Diliman, Quezon City

Civil Registration concerns:
Telephone: (02) 8461-0500 local 605

Explanations on how to Request a Civil Registry Document
Application forms for certificates:

- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Death certificate
- Certificate of No Record of Marriage (Cenomar)
  • Local Civil Registry Offices: A copy of the records have been retained in local civil registry offices. Because many records were lost or damaged in the war, checking both the national office and local office might help find a surviving record. To write to a local office, address your letter to:
City Civil Registry
(postal code--find it here) (City)
(province), Philippines

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

  • Most vital records from before 1889 come from Catholic parish and diocesan archives.
  • In 1889, the Spanish government created the Central Office of Statistics, which required each parish priest to give the government a detailed list of the births, marriages, and deaths in his area.
  • After the Philippine Revolution of 1898, the church and state became separate. Within the first few years, officials responsible for civil registration were appointed in each municipality.
  • In 1930, civil registration became mandatory and, in 1932, the Bureau of Census and Statistics was created to oversee all civil registration in the Philippines. It was not until 1940 that most registrations began to be recorded.

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

  • Population coverage:
Before 1922, 20%
After 1922, 90%

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

  • Child’s name
  • Birth date and place
  • Parents’ names
  • Residence
  • Parents' occupation
  • Witnesses’ ages, relationships, residences

Marriages[edit | edit source]

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Ages
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Marriage date and place
  • Sometimes ages and/or birth dates and places
  • Parents' names, residences, occupations
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officer who performed ceremony
  • Names of former spouses

Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • Name of deceased
  • Age
  • Death date and place
  • Occupation
  • Name of surviving spouse
  • Informant’s name and residence
  • Cause of death
  • Sometimes birth date and place
  • Parents’ names
  • Children’s names

Fetal deaths[edit | edit source]

Record of all stillbirths, includes information similar to the birth and death data shown above.

Examples[edit | edit source]

Example of a Birth Certificate

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Example of a Marriage Certificate

Philippines Civil Registration (local copies) DGS 5364267 41 Marriage.jpg

Example of a Death Certificate

Philippines Civil Registration (local copies) DGS 5364269 23 Death Certificate.jpg

English is the official language of the Philippines. This Letter Writing Guide will help you with organizing your letter and phrasing your requests.

References[edit | edit source]