Getting Your NSO Birth Certificate at SM Business Center
Let's face it, everyone want convenience and unfortunately, transacting with government agencies is such a pain and time consuming. Thank goodness for our malls which turned into community places where one can enjoy shopping, dining, and transacting businesses under one roof.
I recently found myself missing a copy of my NSO certified birth certificate, I realized I gave out the last one I have when I applied for the New Postal ID even though it's clearly stated in their website that they will only take the photocopy and not the original. Moving on, I was about to go to NSO's main office in East Avenue but having trouble going out because of the rainy weather earlier this month.
After doing a little research, I found out that SM Supermalls processes NSO birth certificates as well, aside from other government transactions such as SSS, PAG-IBIG, PhilHealth, DTI, and more. Since I am in no rush to get my copies, I decided to give their service a try.
How to request a copy of your NSO Birth Certificate at SM Business Center?
Requesting for a copy of your NSO certified birth certificate is quite simple and just takes a few minutes of your time. Just head to your nearest SM Mall and look for their SM Business Center. I'm really not sure if even the small SM centers have this, but it's best to check it out yourself. I visited the nearest one in my area - SM City North EDSA which is a short 15 minute walk from my place.
Once your arrive at the SM Business Center, you can request for a copy of the request form for you to fill out. Normally, they have separate lines for those doing government transactions and those paying for normal utility bills.
The form they use are the same as the one used in NSO offices, they just have this additional paper where you need to copy the information you put in the official request form as well as the number of copies you are requesting, this will be SM's copy. Make sure to make every information accurate!
Once you're done, you need to pay at the cashier. Payment for your birth certificate copy is 140php each, same as when you request directly at NSO, SM charges an additional 20php service fee on top of the 140php for EACH copy, not per transaction. Since I requested 3 copies, it's 420 + 60 = 480php. Also note that there's a cut-off time daily for processing government documents, I think it's 5 or 6pm.
Claiming your NSO Birth Certificate Copy
Here's the catch, if you are not in a hurry, SM Business Center's service is good for you, if you're in a hurry it's not. You will have to wait 4-6 business days before you can come back to the SM Business Center where you filed your request.
Upon claiming, you need to present the receipt and claim stub given to you when you filed your request, you'll also need to present 1 valid ID. In case you can't claim it personally, your proxy should have a valid ID, your valid ID, and your authorization letter. They will get the authorization letter and attach it on their file for NSO.
Now that's it! An alternate way to get a copy of your NSO birth certificate copy while you enjoy dining and shopping at your nearest SM Supermall. Have you tried this service yet? Let us know in the comments below. :)