Live birth, death, and marriage certificates, which often require renewal and only have a validity of six months, are now made permanently valid, thanks to a bill asking as such that has now become a law.

The Republic Act No. 11909 or “Permanent Validity of the Certificates of Live Birth, Death, and Marriage Act” is sponsored by Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., which officially became law on August 1, 2022.

The senator highlights the importance of the law to benefit “every Filipino” whom he claims will no longer have to “shell out money repeatedly for certificates” because what they already have is made effective indefinitely.

Per the new law, birth, death, and marriage certificates will require the signing, issuing, and certification from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), its precursor, the National Statistics Office (NSO), and local civil registries, and will have permanent legality.

Before the mandate of the law, all birth, death, and marriage certificates were only valid within six months upon issuance or renewal.

PSA, however, warns that while said certificates will indeed have perpetual legitimacy to them, the aging quality of the security paper could lead to the rejection of the documents, requiring re-establishment.

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