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How to get married in the Philippines – Requirements and Procedures

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Planning on getting married but short on cash and not yet ready for an elaborate church ceremony? Or do you want to knot the ties but you want it to be in budget for the very special day wedding to come true? If that’s the case, then a civil wedding might just be the perfect action for you.

here’s the list of requirements and procedure if you are planning to have a civil wedding in the Philippines:

1. Marriage License – is the most important document needed to secure when preparing for a wedding, whether civil or church ceremony.

  • Certified True Copy of NSO Birth Certificate of  both parties (1 original and 2 photocopies)
  • Affidavit of Parental Advice (for 21 yrs. old to 24 yrs. old)
  • Affidavit of Parental Consent (for 18 yrs. old to 20 yrs. old)
  • Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR)or Certificate of Singleness (1 original and 1 photocopy)
  • Certificate of Attendance in Pre-Marriage Counseling, family planning, and responsible parenthood seminar (from DSWD and MHD)
  • Community Tax Certificate or Cedula (1 original and 2 photocopies)
  • Barangay Clearance / Certificate (1 original and 1 photocopies)
  • At least 2 valid IDs
  • Recent 1×1 photo (colored or black and white)
  • Marriage License Application form (issued by the LCR office)
  • Divorced Paper/ Annulment Paper (if divorced/ annuled)
  • Death Certificate (if widow/ widower)
  • Legal capacity to marry issued by the Embassy (if foreigner)
  • Xerox copy of foreigner’s passport (if foreigner)

2. Certified True Copy of NSO Birth Certificate and Baptismal Certificate of both parties

3. Community Tax Certificates (CEDULA) of both applicants.

4. 1 ID photo (colored background or black and white) of each applicant

5. Certificate of Attendance to a wedding seminar. First and foremost, the legal offices encourage and require couples to attend a pre-wedding and a family planning seminar; they conduct these seminars in the City Hall. Moreover, this is required required before you can claim your marriage license. Check with your municipality for the complete list of schedules.

Other requirements:

  • If widowed, Certified True Copy of Death Certificate o deceased spouse.
  • If divorce or annulled, a copy of Final Decree of Absolute Divorce or Court Decision and Absolute Decree of Finality from the court.
  • For foreigners, Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry (or Certificate of No Impediment issued by the consular office / embassy of the foreigner’s country and a photocopy of passport (showing the date of Arrival and Data)

Watch Also: Legality of civil wedding in the Philippines

Now that we know the required documents for a civil wedding, what’s next? Of course, you would have to be aware of the steps you need to take to successfully execute the civil wedding.

Step 1

Go to your civil registrar’s office to apply and pay the required fees. Make sure to deal only with the Civil Registrar’s Office.

Step 2

Proceed to the Mayor’s office and submit the Letter of Intent to Marry together with the marriage license to the secretary.

Step 3

Wait for the confirmation that you suggested wedding dates are available. If you have preferred venue, seek the approval of your chosen officiate first.

Step 4

Find at least two people within the legal age who will serve as your witnesses. A parent or a guardian is required if either of the parties are under the legal age of 18.

Step 5

During your wedding day, you need to pay a filing fee which usually costs 100 pesos. This is to enable them to forward their own duplicate f the marriage contract to the local civil registrar.

Step 6

Proceed to the official civil wedding ceremony.

Source: Efren Nolasco

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