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One of the worst nightmares I had as a birth certificate specialist was when I dreamt and found out that I had three birth certificates! Each one bore a different name, different sets of parents, places of birth, etc. Worst of all, I could not access the one that I’ve been using since I entered school.
I woke up and was so thankful it was just a dream. But this nightmare is a reality for many others.
For some, they go through late registration, under the assumption that they do not have a birth record. But they find out later that they do.
But for most, they find out that there are errors in their first birth certificate. Due to lack of awareness of civil registration procedures, they undergo late registration to correct these errors.
In our experience as birth certificate specialists, we find out that there is a big misinformation about the process of late registration. This procedure should be resorted to, only when it is certain that you do not have a birth record, both with the civil registrar where you were born AND with the NSO. When your birth record is not found in the NSO database, you will receive a Negative Certification of Birth, much like the one you see below
But what if, you do have a birth record, only that you find some errors in it? And the advice that you got from your research is to undergo late registration to get an error free birth certificate?
This will actually create more problems for you. Because the NSO database will only issue the birth certificate that was registered earlier. The second birth certificate will be “locked”. The only way to “unlock” it is through a court order, cancelling the first birth certificate. And as many of us know, a court order will entail lawyers’ fees, court expenses, and months, or even years of waiting.
Knowing is really half the battle. And when seeking advice regarding birth certificate concerns, make sure you get the correct one. Because if something goes wrong, undoing that mistake is a bigger headache than making it.
A friendly reminder from your birth certificate specialists from VERified🙂