Need to get your Birth Certificate fast? There are a lot of options available to us when getting one, and there’s a tendency to choose a service that’s a little bit of a delay, when in fact you could’ve just opted for the other service for the same price but with a much quicker service.
I have encountered the same issue when I applied for a Japan visa. What caused the delay in my application is my Birth Certificate from NSO. Damn, I waited too long for my Birth Cert! I already had all my other requirements but I still was unable to submit my application due to this. I didn’t know that applying through the official e-census.com.ph website will take 3-5 days (excluding weekends and holidays) AFTER your payment. That is if you live in Metro Manila. In my case, I had my birth certificate delivered to my office in the Makati Central Business District and it had to take 5 working days for me to receive the much awaited letter. I also had to make a follow up personally at the Makati Central Post Office, however, I learned that they do not carry this kind of service as NSO Birth Certificates are delivered via a third party courier (which does not make sense, since the service is slow and not what you would expect from a third party courier).
If I knew applying online through the official website would take that long, I would’ve just coursed my request through 3rd party provider NSOHelpline.com. Delivery with NSOHelpline.com takes only 1 to 2 working days. Take note that they have a phone number 737-1111 you can call (ehem, e-census.com.ph, they do not have a phone number so good luck just waiting).
Below is the list of options we have when requesting for a copy of your Birth Certificate:
- You can get from SM malls (bills payment section). Fee is around Php100 but the processing is about a week. Yes, you can also have it delivered for an additional fee
- You can get from NSOHelpline.com. You can also call them 24/7 at (02) 737-1111. Fee is Php350 per copy. You may pay through Bancnet online, any Metrobank branch, Bancnet ATM or select Bayad Center outlets. Delivery is usually within 2-3 working days upon receipt of your payment.
- You can get from E-census.com.ph. Fee is Php315 per copy, can be paid through credit card or at any BDO branch (via bank deposit). You will have to wait 3-5 working days for the certificate to be delivered to you, if you are in Metro Manila. 4-9 working days if you are outside Metro Manila, 6-8 weeks for those outside the Philippines.
- You can get from NSO Serbilis outlets, however, be prepared to go to NSO Serbilis Outlets to apply and travel back on the date of release. You may also have to queue for long hours or take a leave just to be able to do so.
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