Tuesday, 11 January 2011

How To Apply For Marriage License In The Philippines


This was originally posted 14th of October '09 on my personal blog, but now that I've taken it down (with a very demanding drama princess toddler I cannot maintain a gazillion blogs!), I decided to move it here. Same requirements are asked until this day. Yes, I checked.


Yesterday, we attended a seminar conducted by the Manila Health Department at the Manila City Hall. We winded through the maze-like corridors in search of the seminar room. Records and books that got wet from the flood which typhoon Ondoy caused were still lined up along the halls to dry.

The seminar's a prerequisite for a marriage license. For those who are planning to get married soon, this post will give you guys an idea as to what the requirements are.

The application for license shall be done in your own municipality. At least one should be a resident of the city, you will be asked for a valid I.D. which shows your address later on when you submit your documents.

Charming Manila City Hall, where we applied ours.

At Manila City Hall, you need to approach first the helpful staff at the reception of the Civil Registry Office. They will provide you with a sheet where requirements are listed down:

They will refer you then to another officer who peruses the documents being submitted. She (if I remember it correctly, her name is Mina Lopez) will check which documents you need to submit, in accordance to your age bracket which are as follows:

Applicants 18-21 years old
1. Birth Certificate latest copy
Born in Manila - local copy
Born outside Manila - NSO copy
2. Valid I.D. - original and photocopy
*Again, at least 1 of the party must be resident of Manila, I.D. must show address.
3. Parental Consent - parent must come with valid I.D.
4. Marriage Counselling
Manila Health Department
DSWD
5. CENOMAR (may not be required)

Applicants 21-25 years old
1. Birth Certificate latest copy
Born in Manila - local copy
Born outside Manila - NSO copy
2. Valid I.D. - original and photocopy
*Again, at least 1 of the party must be resident of Manila, I.D. must show address.
3. Parental Advice - parent must come with valid I.D.
4. Marriage Counselling
Manila Health Department
DSWD

For 25 years old and above (where I belong), only Birth Certificate, valid I.D. and marriage counselling are required.

For Foreigners
1. Legal Capacity to marry (Certificate of No Impediment) to be issued by the embassy.
2. Certificate of Singleness or CENOMAR. This is different from the CNI and can be issued by the foreigner's country of origin's government. Case in a point, an Australian's CNI is issued by his embassy here in the Philippines but the Certificate of Singleness can only be requested directly from the Australian government. The City Hall will accept an email or fax copy.
3. Passport - original and photocopy.

Previous Marriages
Additional requirement:
1. Must provide the death certificate of deceased spouse
2. Or the judicial decree of your absolute divorce, or the judicial decree of your annulment or declaration of nullity of your previous marriage.

Note: If changed nationality, present Naturalization Papers if father is Chinese and mother is Filipino (or vice versa). Married parents born 1975 up, present election/recognition of citizenship.

Seminars are conducted Mondays through Fridays at the Manila Health Department Rm. 128. Before attending though ask for a payment slip from the registry, pay at the taxpayer's center (P120), present receipt back at the registry and they will finally give you the application form for marriage license to fill out.

Schedule of seminars:
1st session 9:00-10:00am
2nd session 1:30-2:30

You will hand in the form to the Manila Health Department staff before taking a seat to watch a film about human gestation and ironically, abortion. Which perhaps will encourage couples to practice family planning rather than resolving to killing an unborn child. The film was Silent Scream , which I have actually watched in primary school. Geez, what were our teachers thinking then?! Okay, so before I wander off memory lane, let's continue with the final steps (by the way there was also a short talk by the staff-cum-speaker about married life).

After the seminar, if you have brought with you all the documents, you simply go back to the registry officer to submit these together with the certificate of seminar attendance. After going through the papers, she will lead you to an office for the oathtaking. It's an oath stating that the information you have provided are correct. You simply answer 'yes' to two questions.

Hurray you're done! You will be asked to come back after ten days to claim the license, notice of the marriage application will be posted on a bulletin board outside the local civil registrar's office (like marriage banns) during this period. It may also be a time to contemplate whether you want to push through or not *wink*.

License is valid for 120 days from the date of issuance.

Additional information taken here. List of requirements copied off a brochure from Manila City Hall's Civil Registry.

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