Papasok pa din sa administrative na pagcorrect ng birth certificate kung ang pagpapalit ng first name or nickname ay dahil sa grounds enumerated ng Republic Act No. 9048 na:
(1) The petitioner finds the first name or nickname to be ridiculous, tainted with dishonor or extremely difficult to write or pronounce;
(2) The new first name or nickname has been habitually and continuously used by the petitioner and he has been publicly known by that by that first name or nickname in the community; or
(3) The change will avoid confusion.
Ayon sa PSA website, ang fees para sa ganitong petition ay P3,000.00.
Kung talagang hindi pasok sa mga nabanggit at hindi clerical ang error, kinakailangan na magsampa ng Petition for Change of Name sa ilalim ng Rule 103 ng Rules of Court para mapalitan ang pangalan sa birth certificate dahil ayon sa Article 376 ng Civil Code “No person can change his name or surname without judicial authority.” Ibig pong sabihin nito, ang anumang pagbabago sa mga entries sa civil register ay kailangang magkaroon muna ng judicial order or utos mula sa korte bago ito mabago.
Ayon naman sa mga desisyon ng Supreme Court, ang mga sumusunod ang valid na grounds para baguhin ang pangalan: (a) the name is ridiculous, dishonorable or extremely difficult to write or pronounce;
(b) the change results as a legal consequence of legitimation or adoption;
(c) when the change will avoid confusion;
(d) one has continuously used and been known since childhood by a Filipino name and was unaware of alien parentage;
(e) the change is based on a sincere desire to adopt a Filipino name to erase signs of former alienage, all in good faith and without prejudice to anybody; and
(f) when the surname causes embarrassment and there is no showing that the desired change of name was for a fraudulent purpose or that the change of name would prejudice public interest.