Civil Wedding Requirements – How to Get Married in the Philippines

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor January 7th, 2020 Posted in Inspiration and Love Stories, Travel Blog 161 Comments

Getting married is one of the most exciting events in our lives. It is the day you can officially call the love of your life as your husband or wife. Though it feels like a finish line, it is also the beginning of married life together.

In the Philippines, to have a Civil wedding you need to pass marriage requirements to your Local Civil Registrar. It is perhaps easier and less costly than having a Church Wedding, where you need to schedule at a Church, have Baptism and Confirmation if you are not Catholic and a lot more.

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But nevertheless, on both occasions your marriage is legal. For the requirements also, if you are under 25 or married to a Foreign National then there are other requirements needed for your Civil Wedding.

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This article will tackle how to get married in a Civil Wedding. 

Civil Wedding Requirements:

The Local Registrar Fees would be different for each city or municipality. Please have an original and keep photocopies for yourself. However, these are the common requirements for a civil wedding:

  • At least 2 valid IDs of the Couple during Personal Appearance
  • Certificate of Attendance in Pre-Marriage Counseling
  • PSA Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of No Marriage
  • Marriage License Application Form
  • Barangay Certificate
  • Community Tax Certificate
  • 1×1 picture

Some requirements will be explained below. Please note that both parties must secure above list of requirements, but for the additional requirements, it is only required at a certain party with those conditions.

For example, if the female is 21 and the male is 26, then Parental consent is needed only by the girl. But if both are 21 then both parties need separate Parental Consent.

Additional Civil Wedding Requirements if 18-21 

  • Parental Consent 
  • Parent’s Personal Appearance

Additional Civil Wedding Requirements if 22-25 

  • Parental Advice
  • Personal Appearance or Written Advice

Additional Civil Wedding Requirements if Widowed

  • Death Certificate of the deceased spouse

Additional Civil Wedding Requirements if Annulled 

  • Certificate of Registration from Civil Registrar for registration of the Annulment Papers
  • Certificate of Finality of Annulment issued by the Court

Additional Civil Wedding Requirements if Foreign Applicant

  • Passport (bio-page)
  • Copy of stamp on your latest arrival in the Philippines
  • Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry (from the foreign embassy)
  • Divorce Decree (if divorced)
  • Death Certificate of deceased spouse (if widowed)
  • Naturalization Paper (if Naturalized)

Civil Wedding Requirements: What they are, How to get it?

Valid ID

Valid IDs are those that verify your identity. It should have your name, birth date, and signature.
Here are some examples:

  • Passport
  • SSS/UMID ID
  • Voter’s ID or Certificate of Registration
  • BIR (TIN ID)
  • Solo Parent ID
  • Company ID
  • School ID with current registration card
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • Postal ID

Certificate of Attendance in Pre-Marriage Counseling

Go to your Local Civil Registrar to ask the schedule for the Pre-Marriage Counseling. Both of you should attend this. Topics will be about the Philippine Family Law, Family Planning, and Filipino Culture or Customs. After your seminar or counseling, you will be issued a certificate. 

PSA Birth Certificate

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You can get a PSA Birth Certificate through Walk-in Application at any Serbilis Service Center, SM Business Center or Online. For a foreign national, please get your birth certificate in the country you are born at or through the embassy. It is better to secure this before going to the Philippines.

Certificate of No Marriage

As per the PSA Website, a CENOMAR states that the person is single (never been married) or unmarried (previously married but divorced or widowed.) You are not allowed to marry again to another person your status is “married” unless your marriage was annulled. If it is, the CENOMAR must state that you are “single.”

To get a CENOMAR is the same as getting a PSA Birth Certificate. However, we can discuss on how to get your CENOMAR online.

1. Go to this website.
Click “Click here to request now.”

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2. Read the terms and conditions. Click “I Accept” if you agree.

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3. Type the contact delivery information form. Click “Next” after you are done.

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4. Check the delivery details and confirm if they are correct.

5. Choose what type of document you would want.

Since we are getting a PSA CENOMAR, click the correct one.

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6. Put your details and review it before clicking “Save.”

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7. You can also add another CENOMAR for your future. However, the payment is still Php 430.00 for each CENOMAR.

Request also your Birth Certificate so you can receive everything once.

Click Submit if you are done and proceed with payment.

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So for example, I’m Filipino while my fiance is a Foreigner – then I can get mine and his CENOMAR online and get a PSA Birth Certificate too. So I’ll be Paying Php 1,190.00 all in all.

1. Click Submit and proceed to payment. 

You can pay through the following options:

  • Credit card
  • Banco De Oro
    • BDO branches
    • Online Banking (BDO account holders only)
    • ATM (BDO account holders only)
  • UnionBank
    • UnionBank branches
    • Online Banking (UnionBank account holders only)
    • ATM (UnionBank account holders only)
  • Bayad Center
    CENOMAR costs Php 430.00 while Birth Certificate costs Php 330.00.

2. After payment, you can now wait for the delivery of your CENOMAR and Birth Certificates.
You will get them on:

  • Metro-Manila – 7-9 working days after payment
  • Other cities or provinces – 8-13 working days after payment
  • Other countries – 6-8 weeks after payments

Marriage License Application Form

Get the Marriage License Application for your Civil Wedding at the Local Civil Registrar of the place or city or municipality you are marrying at. Forms may vary from towns so it is better to get it there.

Barangay Certificate

A Barangay Certificate can state that you are living in the part of the town. You can go to the Barangay you are residing at and ask for a Barangay Certificate. Fees may vary per barangay. 

Community Tax Certificate

CTC or Cedula is issued after you pay community tax either the city or your barangay. Usually, you can get it at the Treasurer’s Office. Bring a Valid ID. Your payment will depend on your income – Php 5.00 (basic) + Php 1.00 for every Php 1,000 gross income. So if you declare Php 200,000 income for last year; then you will pay Php 205.00

Picture

Bring a 1×1 recent picture.

Parent’s Consent

You parents need to have an appearance of both parents and valid ID for their consent if you are aged 18-21 years old. However, if you don’t have one or both of them, you can get consent from the surviving parent or a legal guardian. If both can’t appear, then you need to have an Affidavit of Consent signed in front of two witnesses.

Why is this needed? Because sometimes when we are in love we can’t think right, just of each other, parents will give you great advice and a view if you are ready for marriage. Some also are forced into marriages like an 18-year-old to a 30-year-old, parents can protect their child by not giving consent

Parental Advice

You need to have Parental Advice if you are aged 22-25 years old. You can have your parents appear at the local registrar or have them write that they know you are marrying and any advice to your marriage. If they don’t like you to get married, you need a sworn statement stating that you informed your parents but they refused. If your parents agreed, you will have 10 days of waiting time, while if not 3 months of waiting for the Marriage License. 

Death Certificate of the deceased spouse

If you are a widow, get the Death Certificate of your deceased spouse. You can include it in your online application for CENOMAR or birth certificate as written above. You can also visit the Serbilis Service Center or SM Business Center. The process is like getting a PSA Birth Certificate, so you might want to follow that.

Annulment Papers

Get a Certificate of Registration for registration of the Annulment Papers and a Certificate of Finality of Annulment issued by the Court from Civil Registrar. It should have remarked on the judge or the court that issued the decree, including the case number, date of issue and that your marriage is annulled. 

Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry (for Foreigners)

Your Foreign Fiance needs to go to his Foreign Embassy or Consulate to get a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry. This will certify that there are no legal impediments on their marriage (e.g. the Foreigner is already married to another person in their country.) This should be in English.

Here’s a more extensive guide: How Foreign Nationals Can Get Married in the Philippines [Filipino and Foreigner Wedding Guide]

Divorce Decree 

If the Foreigner is divorced, a Divorce Decree is needed. It will state the final ruling of the court that indeed the marriage is terminated. Before coming to the Philippines, a Foreign National can get that in his country or where he/she held the previous marriage.

Death Certificate of the deceased spouse

If Foreign National is widowed, provide the Death Certificate of the spouse. Should the spouse died outside of the Philippines, s/he can bring it before coming to the Philippines.

Naturalization Paper

If the foreign national is a naturalized citizen of another country, s/he to present his/her Naturalization Papers. It is proof that the person has obtained citizenship via naturalization and that he is indeed considered a citizen of that country.

Civil Wedding Ceremony

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Here is what you need in order to be married in a Civil Wedding:

  • Marriage License
  • Solemnizing Officer
  • Civil Marriage Ceremony

Getting your Marriage License

After gathering the required documents, you can go to the Civil Registrar and pay the fee for your marriage license. You can get it after 10 days.

Why 10 days? It will be that waiting period as your marriage will be publicly posted to check if no one will be against your marriage. After the release of your marriage license, you can marry within 120 days.

Solemnizing Officer

As per the Family Code the one who can be solemnized by the following:

  • Incumbent member of the judiciary within the court’s jurisdiction;
  • Priest, rabbi, imam, or minister of any church or religious sect duly authorized by his church or religious sect and registered with the civil registrar general, acting within the limits of the written authority granted by his church or religious sect and provided that at least one of the contracting parties belongs to the solemnizing officer’s church or religious sect;
  • Ship captain or airplane chief only in the case mentioned in Article 31 of the Family Code;
  • A military commander of a unit to which a chaplain is assigned, in the absence of the latter, during a military operation, likewise only in the cases mentioned in Article 32 of the Family Code;
  • Consul-general, consul or vice-consul in the case provided in Article 10 of the Family Code.

Marriage Ceremony

  1. Book the public chambers of a judge or an open court, an office (e.g. Mayor or Consul General’s), church, chapel or temple.
  2. Bring at least 2 witnesses of legal age; the solemnizing officers, and of course the marrying parties. 
  3. Formal Marriage Ceremony by the solemnizing officer.
  4. The signing of the Marriage Contract.

Congratulations! After signing, you are now husband or wife! You may think it’s a lot of documents but they are a bit bearable if you are Filipinos. However, more is needed if one of you is either under 25 or a foreigner. Now, if you want hassle-free, then you might want to read How to get married in Hong Kong: Filipina and Foreigner.

Marriage is different than being a boyfriend-and-girlfriend. It is a level up version and there are times of ups and downs. However, no matter what you will always be bound together and learn what to do in conflicts. Also, you can start a happy family with kids or pets like cats. It’s not something easy to get out of, so you need to think deeply before getting into it. 

Being married is one of the best feelings in the world; sharing everything with the love of your life forever. I hope, like me, you find your true love, get married and have a happy blissful marriage!

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161 thoughts on “Civil Wedding Requirements – How to Get Married in the Philippines

  1. Good day! my fiancee’ and I are planning to have our wedding by December 2020 but the DSWD available schedule for seminar is on February na. Can we have a private seminar from someone else authorized?

  2. hi, my fiancée and I are planning for a civil wedding in Philippines next year by May 2021, we are both OFW. My questions are:

    1. can we apply for online pre-application for marriage license now or only by May?
    2. How many days is the validity of marriage license which was applied online?
    3. How many days is the validity of PSA birth cert and Cenomar? (we both have CENOMAR we got it on August 2020 will it still be valid if we marry on May 2021?)

    1. 1. You will need to be present to get a marriage license, so you could start processing it in May
      2. I’m not sure if there is an online pre-application for a marriage license. Please contact your LCR. Personal appearance is usually needed as you need to undergo seminars and pass requirements.
      3. Usually, it’s good for 6 months. You’ll need to have one in April or May. you can ask a relative to assist you.

  3. hello po pwede po bang ako mgprocess ng mga documents nung ikakasal? kasi ung kapatid ko is nassign na for out of town po tpos ung asawa nia buntis na po.. salamat

  4. Hi, our Pastor is only licensed in the US so she advised that we must have a civil wedding first before she can officiate our wedding. Does it mean that our official marriage will be the Civil one? What will happen with the one that will be officiated by our Pastor?

  5. Hello po pwede po ba na solo ko po asikasuhin ang mga requirements? nasa abroad po kasi partner ko uuwi lang po siya for our wedding since short break lang pwede sa kanila. When po need na ang need kami dalawa may appearance? salamat po

  6. Legal po ba ung secret married kayo tpos di nmam kayo.ngsama since ikasal civilh 10 yrs ng di ngkikita my asawa na lalaki po thank u sa sasagot

  7. hi po, pwede po bang mag paset ng civil wedding outside sa 120 days validity ng marriage license? for example po expired yung licence ng dec. 30 pero nkapagpasched ng jan. 15. pwede po kaya yun? salamat po sa sasagot.

  8. for foreign partner, i can get his CENOMAR at PSA too? and how many copies of PSA CENOMAR and birth certificate needed please. TY

  9. Kinasal po ako only 20yrs old.malayo sa magulang kasi nasa probinsiya po sila.and then yung parents ng husband ko ngbigay po sakin ng form na fifill upan,wala po ako alam sa marriage at yung form po na binigay may nkalagay registration hindi po inexplain kung para saan.ang sabi fill upan ko lang daw. After po nun ang kasunod po na bnigay marriage contract na..meron po akong pag.alinlangan pero dahil ngtatampo na nun husband ko at nagagalit kya pinermahan ko nlng.inisio ko nalang yun po ang tama kasi buntis din po aq that time..in short naprocess po ung marraige namin sa munisipyo kahit walang mga requirements,walang consent ng parents ko ang totoo hindi po nila alam ang tungkol dun nung time na yun.hindi dn po kami umattend ng kahut anung seminar,ni hindi nga kami kinausap ng parents ng husband ko kung anu planu namin at kung my balak ba kami mgpakasal basta nagbigay nlng sila ng fifill upan..hindi din po kami humarap sa mayor o judge o atty. Wala po kahit anu maliban sa auntie nya na ngtatrabaho sa munisipyo na naglakad ng marriage contract and then ayun po my NSO marraige contract na po kami..
    Anu po masasabi nyo sa kalagayan ko?ngayon hiwalay na po kami ng 6years.no commutnication at ndi nagkikita..pwedi po kaya aq mgfile palegal seperation kung sakali?thank you po sana masagot nyo tanung ko.God bless

    1. Yun witnesses of legal age pwede ba kahit parents ko nalang? We’re trying to limit visitors kasi as much as possible. Yun parents nya nasa province so hindi makakapunta dito sa manila.

  10. Hi po , paano po pag gusto po namin magpakasal agad ? Na di po namin need maghintay ng 120 days ? Okay po bha yon ?

        1. It the given timeframe po for people to know you are getting married and in case someone is against it, they can complain.

  11. What if destination wedding. Eg. we are from cavite tpos gsto namen sa batangas ikasal. Yung mga dapat ba sa batangas ren kme mag pa register or pede sa cavite na

  12. Wala po bang ibang babayaran sa munisipyo bukod sa cedula? wala na po bang masyadong gagastusin? kasi sa ibang articles po may nabasa ako na may babayaran na 10k sa munisipyo para maikasal.

  13. Yung partner ko po walang PSA birth tapos rush po yung pagpapakasal namin sana kasi gusto namin by November kasal na kami…Pwede po ba yung lumang birth certificate gamitin namin?

    1. PAANO POH IF UNG PAPAKASALAN KO NASA IBANG BANSA.. UUWI PO SYA SA JANUARY . 1MON LANG POH SYA SA PINAS.. MAKAKAPAGPAKASAL POH BA KAMI AGAD.. possible poh ba makasal kami bago sya makabalik ibang bansa ?

  14. Hi i just want to ask if its ok or still legal if we will get married in my place. Zamboanga City and he’s from Batangas. Thank you! BTW we’re in legal aged already 33/34.

      1. good day ask lng po if my bayad yung mga ninong and ninang sa civil wedding like yung ninong at ninang sa binyag 200 per head.. ganon dn ba sa kasal?

    1. Yung marriage license lang po. But once you get married through a civil marriage – till death do you part na po. Unless mag-annulment.

      1. Hi Lyza, after the civil wedding ceremony. Do we file/register our marriage? What will happen if we don’t file. Will our marriage be invalid?

  15. Hi, would you know po kung okay lang na proxy ang dumating as witnesses since di makakapunta yung original sponsors written in the contract due to pandemic? Will this be an issue or okay lang as long as you bring 2 legal age persons. Appreciate your feedback. Thanks po.

  16. Hello..may i ask,? Can we married in other city kahit hindi kami parihong residence sa city nayan? For examples pariho kami taga mindanao, then we wanted to get civil wedding in manila. It’s allowed or not? Please i need your answer..

  17. Hi. I hope you have knowledge in our dilemma.. Is it possible to secure another marriage license (ML) in other city hall, lets say in Manila, when you have already applied in QC? We have a correction (Religion) in the ML Application Form but it is unclear if correction/s will be allowed. The ML issued by QC Municipal is due for release at the end of September.

  18. Hi ! just want to ask paano po kung kasal na kami overseas then we are planning to get married ‘again’ sa pinas , parehas lang po ba ang mga requirements ? by the way my husband is a foreigner. Thanks po in advance sa sagot. ☺️☺️

  19. Hello!! What if we choose to have garden/beach or other outdoor wedding but still in CIVIL way. Are those on your lists still the requirements?? Thank you!!

  20. Hi! Your blog is so amazing! However is it possible to do a civil wedding ceremony in a church or chapel? Or is that not allowed? I live abroad po and uuwi lang sa pinas for a month and yung process ng church wedding I believe is extra longer. But we both want to have a simple church/chapel wedding (Sorry if this is a dumb question but thanks for your time!)

    1. Hello po, are you a Catholic po or a Christian? Kasi po, for if you want a church or chapel wedding you need to coordinate with the church and they have additional requirements po like Baptismal/Confirmation Certificate, Pre-cana, etc.

  21. Good day!
    Our merriage license expired last Febuary,2020. Then we would like to renew it. Can I have your advice on how we can procces it again and what are the requirements for this? Thank you.
    Jevilyn

    1. I think you’ll need to have to gather your requirements again, but, you can double-check with your local civil registrar

      1. I am certain marriage license definitely needs some reprocessing and rework. But how about the birth certificate, CENOMAR are they also requiring 6 mos. expiry of documents prior to the civil wedding date? We’re supposed to have a church wedding but rescheduled it and planning to have a civil wedding for now. I have extra copies and thinking if I can still use it.

  22. Hi Iam a filipina but recently I have received my citizenship here in spain

    I want to ask if my birth certificate , certificate of legal capacity to marry and other papers need to be translated in english?

    Thank you

  23. I am getting married with a foreign fiancé. What else does he needs for requirements? Incase they asked for it. We are planning all of this for December. Is it safe to get married on December? I hope the CoViD-19 will be gone. Thank you!

  24. When you get your legal capacity to marry does it have any expiration ? and also the cenomar does it expire? thank you in advance

  25. Thank you for this article! I was able to get my CENOMAR smoothly by following your guide. May I ask how much local CRO’s in Manila charge for a marriage license and ceremony? I have a friend who got married in Quezon City last year and paid P14,000. I’m not sure if the amount was for the license or the ceremony. I wonder if that’s a regular amount to shell out for civil marriages in Metro Manila?

    1. A marriage license might cost less than PHP 1,000, and the ceremony will depend on the fee of officiator. Probably the 14K was a civil wedding package.

        1. Usually, you will be the one processing your marriage license, then they will contact the officiant and do the paperwork after the ceremony.

  26. Planning to get married on April 2020. What if Im a dual citizen (Philippines and Canada). Do I still need to get the requirements for “Foreign Applicant?” Please help. Thank you 🙂

  27. Hi, I live in the US and am planning to marry my girlfriend in the Philippines this year.

    She is 23. So she will need parental advice.

    But we want to get married in secret and not tell our families. We will tell them later on and have an official wedding later, but not this year.

    Since she is under 25, and we need parental advice, can we get a sworn statement that we told her parents about the marriage and they said no? Does the sworn statement have to be written? Salamat po

  28. Ask po bout my civil wedding, the actual ceremony po is 22 May 2011, place of marriage is sa prefered po namin na venue ginawa, pero yung sa marriage contract po na nakalagay is 26 May 2011, same date po nung marriage license.. then the place of marriage po is ibang venue po naka declare dun.. is that possible po na ma grant ang petition ko for annullment if mag apply ako ng annullment ? Salamat po.

  29. Ask po bout my civil wedding, the actual ceremony po is 22 May 2011, place of marriage is sa prefered po namin na venue ginawa, pero yung sa marriage contract po na nakalagay is 26 May 2011, same date po nung marriage license.. then the place of marriage po is ibang venue po naka declare dun.. is that possible po na ma grant ang petition ko for annullment if mag apply ako ng annullment ? Salamat po.

  30. Hello po Ate, I’m planning to marry a Korean, may clarification Lang po ako, after po ma complete ang requirements above, pupunta po Ng Korean embassy here in the Philippines, right? Ano pong kukunin duon? Yung Filipina po ba Ang kukuha or Yung partner ko po na Korean? Thank you.. ❣️❤️

  31. Hi! I’m turning 23 this year and my fiancee is 33 he’s a Chinese national and booked 3years here in Manila for work and we’re planning to get married by the year 2021, but he can’t really speak English well, and by the way he is legally divorced in China and has documents as a proof.what should we do to process our requirements for getting married? Hope you can answer me😌

  32. what if the girl is 22 and she only have her mother to appear and because her father is unknown to be found?will the wedding still be available?

    1. Yes, you can go to the lawyer to have an affidavit stating that the father is not found but the mother agrees with the wedding.

    1. > getting your PSA Birth Certificates and CENOMAR will depend on how you will get it – at PSA Serbilis Centers or SM Centers about a week, for Online it may take 3 weeks due to the pandemic
      > seminar is only a day but you’ll need to check the available schedule
      > marriage license is 10 days after your application

  33. I have my gf in Philippines and we are planning to do marriage. So will you please suggest me now these days can do marriage there in Philippines . I’m Indian and I want to know that can I have to apply tourist visa for Philippines to getting married or there is some specific visa for wedding. Please suggest me the procedure

    1. We don’t have wedding visas for Indian Nationals, you can try getting a tourist visa before coming to the Philippines.

    1. Yes, you can ask the civil registrar if they know one. Usually, it’s a judge or the mayor. Yes, you also need to pay the solemnizing officer.

        1. It really differents per judge or officer and the place you are at (eg in a small town it’s cheaper than in the city), but you can budget PHP 5,000 or more for that. It’s better to call his/her office to know the fees.

  34. Hello!how can I get married devorce Australian man here in the Philippines and what are those requirements to my Austrian fiance?

  35. Hello good evening i just want to ask if i can get the legal capacity for my fiancee? and can i get the legal capacity here in geeman consulate in cebu city? He will stay 16days only for preparing the weeding do you think we can make it? Can i attend the counsiling alone or vediocall with him is that possible?

    1. You need to contact the German Embassy what your partner needs to obtain a Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage, he can also try visiting the Civil Registrar in his town. Usually, you need to attend counseling as a couple. Usually, more than 2 weeks is needed if you want to get married here considering you’ll need at least 10 days to get a marriage license.

  36. if i plan to.marry to USA man..just we are are chat in short time..then he will come Philippines to marry me..is it possible. that after the wedding day ..to travel go with him to USA

    1. You will need to have a US Visa to travel to USA with him, it will depend on your visa type and consul if you will be approved.

  37. How long it will take to be married in civil. Cause were planning to get married cause my husband need our marriage certificate for his health card so that he can add me as beneficiary..

    1. It will take less than an hour or two to get married in a Civil Wedding Ceremony. However, the processing of the marriage certificate depends on your officiant as well as the civil registrar.

  38. We’re planning to get married, my parents agreed already I’m 22 and my fiancé is 24 he’s incoming 25 this september. Do we still need to have parents advice on my fiancé side? Or no need na?

    1. Parental consent or advice is needed by Filipinos. However, if he is a foreigner, he might need a “Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry.”

      1. hi, does the parental consent apply if the foreigner is under 21? or does he only need the certificate of legal capacity to marry? kasi sa country naman nya hindi applicable yung parental consent sa age nya when marrying someone

  39. Nahiya sana ako magtanong kasi matanda na ko Im 54 going 55 next month my bf 55 going56 on june we want to get married secretly. May anak ako but ayaw ko munang malaman niya, bibili kasi kami ng property ilalagay nya land title mr and mrs. Binata sya anulled ako 24 years ago. Meron kaming kilalang pari para basbasan kami but not in public

  40. Good day! We havent gone for pre marital counselling seminar, but we were done with precana seminar, I know precana is for church wedding requirement, if we will undergo civil wedding first before church wedding, will it be fine if we replace precana certificate instead of pre marital counselling?

  41. Hi,,gudeve may I ask some questions okay lng ba n hindi n kmi kumuha Ng counciling abt family planning and parent consist we are both 39and 37years old were been together 15years we have also 2kids already

    1. You need to ask your Registrar’s office of pwede po kayong mag-skip. But, usually, it’s a requirement for a civil wedding po.

    1. You’ll need to ask your civil registrar’s office if it’s okay. However, you can get a PSA Birth Certificate online, which is more convenient.

  42. Hi. Just want to ask. We are planning to get married though we’re living together now. Im older than him. I am turning 28 and he is 21 years old. We already has 1 son. My family doesn’t like the idea of me getting married to him. What should we do? I told him if we can keep it a private just the 2 of us with our witnesses. Is it possible? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hello.
      I have a question.
      We are from Bulacan but planning to have it in QC, therefore we need to get our marriage license in QC, Right?

      1. No need po, you need to get a marriage license at your hometown or where either of you lives. However, you can use your marriage license anywhere in the country.

  43. Hi Good Day. My boyfriend and I want to get married. I’m 23 turning 24 and his 24 already. We want to hide it to our parents. Is that okay if their is no Parental advise ?

  44. Hi. I wanted to clarify to what you have said that the seminar, is this the Pre-Counselling Marriage? That this is for under those age 25 below?

    Coz my Fiance is a foreigner and we are both 25 yrs above already. And he will be here by December 2020 for 2 weeks only (days he was granted from work). And the said seminar is a requirements also for a marriage license as per our local registry here in Valenzuela city.

    But we are planning to get married thru our Church pastor.

    Hope you could enlighten me with this. Coz his aim is for us to get married while he is here.

  45. Hi. Good day . I am 18 years old and my boyfriend is 23 years old. We are planning to get married ASAP. But we want to hide it from my parents. Can my guardian can be used in the parental consent instead my parents? Thank u.

    1. Guardians can only give you consent if your parents are deceased. You’ll need to have parental consent since you are under 18 and they need to have personal appearance when getting a marriage license.

  46. Hi, it’s confusing do I need to get a CENOMAR for my bf too? He’s a foreign..Any help to make it easier our civil wedding? He will only stat here for one month. 😑

    1. For him, he needs to get a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage from their embassy or back in their country. It’s better if he gets this before coming as the embassy may take more than a month.

      1. Hi. I’m with the same path as Donnabelle it’s just that my fiance is going to stay in the Ph longer. I’m very much concerned about the CENOMAR because my fiance is not willing to get one. He visited Ph last Jan. 2020 and it was his first time to ever step into the country. His reason was (ipagpalagay natin na wala talaga) wala namang mapu-pull up na records/information if PSA will check pointing to him to any marriages in the Ph because he has never been here before. It’s kind of contradicting to what you replied to Donnabelle’s question vs this info you posted at https://twomonkeystravelgroup.com/foreign-nationals-get-married-in-the-philippines/

        CENOMAR – PSA Certificate of No Marriage, YOUR FOREIGN PARTNER NEEDS THIS TOO

        1. We already had the Affidavit In Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage and he truly believes that this document will suffice to prove himself that he’s single. I’m going to seek legal advise if needed be. I hope you can further enlighten the information presented. Thank you.

          1. hello .. sorry for the misunderstanding…
            the top priority is the certificate or affidavit which you already have. However, the registrar may also need your CENOMARs.
            My ex-officemate married a Canadian, CENOMAR was also asked from him regardless of his nationality. The 2nd time he came to the Philippines was during the wedding. You can get an authorization from your fiance to get a CENOMAR.

  47. Hi, it’s confusing do I need to get a CENOMSR for my bf too? He’s a foreign..Any help to make it easier our civil wedding? He will only stat here for one month. 😑

  48. Hi I’m 19 years old and my bf is 43 from US and we are planning to get marry here in the Philippines, what is the requirements is needed to bring here if he arrived

  49. Hi.. I seriously need help.. Im a foreigner and i want to marry my Filipina girlfriend.. I know what papers i need before i go there, but im kinda confused about things that i need to do in Philippines.. And to be honest.. Im gonna come in September.. and gonna stay some 23 days and im just not sure if i can get it done in such a short time..

    Now to my questions.. Can we marry any place in Philippines or just in her home province?
    Do we both need to get to that marriage counseling?
    Where can i apply for marriage license? I know at civil registrar but can it be any civil registrar or just in her home province? She lives few years in Manila so can we get married there?

    Its so damn confusing.. im really struggling to get all information that i need on internet.. especially those from local authorities,,

    Please hel and if you can, reply straight to my email
    janikmartin(ad)protonmail.com

    Thank you all for your advice and god bless you..

    1. Hi you can marry in 23 day period of your stay provided that your gf will process paper prior to your arrival.
      I have a friend who can help u sort it out he is a solemnizing officer innthe city

      1. Thank you for your reply, would you be please so kind to pass me any contact on that person you have mentioned? Thank you so much for your help, Thank you 🙂

  50. Hi

    My fiancee (australian) and i are getting married this year. Is it true that we have to wait for 10 days after his arrival in the Philippines before we can get married?

    Thank u

  51. Good day! I was just wondering if there are personal appearances needed in the whole thing (except of course the ceremony and the seminars) or can one of the couple do it in behalf of them both. My partner is currently based outside the country so we were just wondering if I can do it for both of us. Your help will be very much appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Seminar is just for people marrying under the age of 25 or so.. if you are already living together the seminar is jot a requirement anymore for civil wedding

      1. Hi. I wanted to clarify to what you have said that the seminar, is this the Pre-Counselling Marriage? That this is for under those age 25 below?

        Coz my Fiance is a foreigner and we are both 25 yrs above already. And he will be here by December 2020 for 2 weeks only (days he was granted from work). And the said seminar is a requirements also for a marriage license as per our local registry here in Valenzuela city.

        But we are planning to get married thru our Church pastor.

        Hope you could enlighten me with this. Coz his aim is for us to get married while he is here.

  52. Can two non nationals obtain a marriage license in PH? We are both naturalised Irish citizens but both born in PH.

    1. Check first with your Embassies since per Family Code, you need to have legal capacity to contract marriage.

      Art. 21. When either or both of the contracting parties are citizens of a foreign country, it shall be necessary for them before a marriage license can be obtained, to submit a certificate of legal capacity to contract marriage, issued by their respective diplomatic or consular officials.

      It’s a bit hassle for foreigners to get married here. The easiest country to get married at is Hong Kong but it’s hard to enter due to Coronavirus disease.

    2. Hi. Good day . I am 18 years old and my boyfriend is 23 years old. We are planning to get married ASAP. But we want to hide it from my parents. Can my guardian can be used in the parental consent instead my parents? Thank u.

  53. Hi great article. Can 2 foreign nationals get married in the Philippines in a civil wedding?
    Ex- Canadian citizen and Chinese national

    1. Check first with your Embassies since per Family Code, you need to have legal capacity to contract marriage.

      Art. 21. When either or both of the contracting parties are citizens of a foreign country, it shall be necessary for them before a marriage license can be obtained, to submit a certificate of legal capacity to contract marriage, issued by their respective diplomatic or consular officials.

      It’s a bit hassle for foreigners to get married here. The easiest country to get married in is Hong Kong but there’s Coronavirus 🙁

    2. Hi! My fiancé and I are planning to get married this October. I am 22 years old. Given that he will have papers for legal capacity to get married. And I will process the needed requirements. With this, our only problem will be the seminar and he can only stay for 2 weeks. Is it possible for us to be wed in 2 weeks? What is the possible solution for the seminar 🙁

      P.S corona virus hindered us to be together for three weeks in October 🙁

      Thank you and God Bless! X

  54. hi can i ask my fiance is a Italian and hes coming here on june and were planning to get a civil wedding while hes here in phillippines,.what is the easyiest way to fullfill all of the req.before he come?

    1. Let him get his papers especially the Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage in his country before coming here.

  55. My cousins who are already British citizens wants to have another ceremony here in PH. They already had one in UK. What would be the requirements?

  56. Hello. We’re planning to get married here in ph but their country doesnt have an embassy here in ph. Do you have any advice po? Thanks

    1. Let your partner contact the embassy nearest in the Philippines or the Department of Foreign Affairs in his home country.

      1. Hi. Were planning to get married but we want it privately. We dont want our family to know it. Were just having a family drama. Were planning to have it to both of us and other witnesses..We are both 28 years old. Would it be okay for the civil registrar to not post it?
        Another concern is if we choose to file marriage licensed in my town, would it be posted also in his town? Thankyou..

        1. It’s actually the rule to have it posted, and usually, not many minds the posting. Personally, I’ve never seen one in our LCR.

  57. I am a nan British and want to marry my Filipino fiance the wedding in the Philippines I need a certificate of legal capacity to marry her do I get in UK or in Philippines and where here do I get one please

    1. If I’m not mistaken, if you’re a non-Catholic Christian, you must first get a clearance from the Archdiocesan Chancery Office at the Archbishop’s Office, 121 Arzobispo St., Intramuros, Manila.

      The said clearance can be obtained by submitting a Letter of Approval from the pastor or minister of your non-Catholic sect which will state that you’re qualified to get married and there’s no legal impediment preventing you to do so.

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