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Getting a Marriage License in the Philippines

People say that getting married is one of the few most exciting events in one’s life that gives positive stress. Getting married gives the nuptials stress on wedding preparations, receptions, catering, foods, bands, invitations, tokens, dates, church locations, dresses, tuxedos, flowers, cakes, rings, etc.; the planning and arrangements won’t seem to stop. Nonetheless, most couples should keep in mind that one of the first things they would have to be preparing is their individual marriage licenses.

Marriage licenses are documents issued by local government units (City Hall or Municipal Hall) that allow a man and a woman to get married. The requirements needed in obtaining a marriage license depend on one’s civil status and residence or nationality.

 

 

The BASIC REQUIREMENTS that are needed by a man in order to avail a marriage license from their lady’s hometown are:

a.) National Statistics Office (NSO) Birth Certificate – 1 original and 2 photocopies (https://www.ecensus.com.ph/Default.aspx)

b.) Parents’ Consent or Parental Advice.

The legal age of getting married under the Philippine laws is 18 years old. However, any person getting married at the age of 18-21 years old should present a written parental consent from his / her parents or legal guardians, before being allowed by the Philippine   government to get married. Furthermore, for individuals getting married at the age of 21 -25 years old, it is necessary to present a parental advice containing information that his/ her parents are allowing their marriage.

c.) Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) or Certificate of Singleness– 1 original and 1 photocopy

This is a document issued by the NSO that certifies an individual has not contracted himself/ herself to any marriage.

d.) Certificate of Attendance

This is a certification indicating that the couple had attended seminars on pre-marital counseling and family planning conducted by the Municipal hall or City hall from which they had applied their marriage licenses.

e.)Cedula – 1 original and 2 photocopies

f.) Barangay Certification or Barangay Clearance – 1 original and 1 photocopy

g.)At least 2 valid IDs

 

Here are additional requirements needed when you are a:

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

 A. Foreigner

  • Passport – 2 photocopies-ID – 2 photocopies
  • Latest Date of Arrival – 2 photocopies
  • Certificate of Legal Capacity -This is a document issued by their respective regional diplomatic officials or consular officials.
  • Certificate of No Marriage CENOMAR or Certificate of Singleness

    A.1) Foreigner who is a divorced

**All the above mentioned requirements are necessary, including:

  • Judicial Decree for Absolute Divorce – 1 original 2 photocopies

   

    A.2)  Foreigner who is a widow / widower

**All the above mentioned requirements are necessary, including:

  • Death Certificate of Deceased Spouse – 1 original and 2 photocopies

    A.3) Foreigner who is a naturalized Citizen

**All of the above mentioned requirements are necessary, including:

  • Naturalization Papers – 1 original and 2 photocopies

B. Filipino/ Filipina Widow or Widower

  • National Statistics Office (NSO) Birth Certificate – 1 original ang 2 photocopies
  •  Parents’ Consent or Parental Advice.
  • Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) or Certificate of Singleness– 1 original and 1 photocopy
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Cedula – 1 original and 2 photocopies
  • Barangay Certification or Barangay Clearance – 1 original and 1 photocopy
  • **Death Certificate of Deceased Spouse – 1 original and 2 photocopies

C.Filipino / Filipina Who is Annulled

  • National Statistics Office (NSO) Birth Certificate – 1 original ang 2 photocopies
  • Parents’ Consent or Parental Advice.
  • Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) or Certificate of Singleness– 1 original and 1 photocopy
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Cedula – 1 original and 2 photocopies
  • Barangay Certification or Barangay Clearance – 1 original and 1 photocopy
  • **Certificate of Finality of Annulment from the Court – 1 original and 2 photocopies
  • **  Certificate of Registration from the Local Civil Registrar – 1 original and 2 photocopies

Here are the BASIC STEPS in getting a Marriage License in the Philippines

The basic steps for marriage license

The basic steps in getting a marriage license in the Philippines

1.Schedule a Pre-marital seminar at the City Health Department or Municipal Health Department and pay the necessary fees.

2.Attend the Pre-marital Seminars conducted by the Municipal Health Department or City Health Department  and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

3.Get your Certificate of Attendance for the seminar you have attended

4.Get and fill out Application For Marriage License (Form 90)

5.Attach all the necessary documents needed (these are the basic requirements mentioned above)

6.Submit the Application and attached documents

7.Get Claim Slip

8.Wait until the application had been posted by the posting officer

9.Get the Marriage License

 

 

The most optimistic amount of time to get a marriage license to the point where you can be married is one to two weeks, but it can be considerably more depending on whether any of your paperwork has any issues, and the schedules of the officials whose approval you will need.

Even though the application for marriage license may be tasking, it will always be good to know that a marriage well-celebrated and well-prepared-for will always be worth the wait and the effort. It is not important how long and tedious the preparation is; what matters most is being married with the person you truly love.

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