Marriage License Requirements in the Philippines

by - January 19, 2017

marriage license requirements philippines

Planning a wedding is like a walk in the park . . . Jurassic Park.
That's how stressful it is to plan a wedding. And when you're living in the Philippines, nothing is as stressful as going to the government office to get your marriage license. Here's a simple guide on the marriage license requirements in the Philippines.

Quick List: Marriage License Requirements

  • NSO Birth Certificate  (1 original, 2 photocopies)
  • Certificate of No Marriage (1 original, 2 photocopies)
  • Notarized affidavit of parental advice (if aged 25) /parental consent (if aged 18-24)
  • Certificate of Attendance in a pre-marriage counseling, family planning, and responsible parenthood seminar (1 original and 2 photocopies)
  • Community Tax Certificate or Cedula (1 original and 2 photocopies)
  • Barangay Certificate (1 original and 2 photocopies)
  • At least 2 valid IDs
  • Recent 1 x 1 photo (colored or black and white)
  • Marriage license application form



Note: This list is based on the requirements for Cebu City and locals. If one of the applicants is a foreigner, please contact the local civil registry office for more information.



Quick Info: Marriage License Validity

  • The marriage license is valid for 120 days  (4 months) from the date of issue.
  • An important tip is to start processing your marriage license 4 months before your wedding date. This will give you enough time to process the requirements, and you wouldn't have to worry about the validity period of the license once issued.


Tips and Tricks

NSO Birth Certificate and Certificate of No Marriage

Where to get?

How much?
  • If you request online, roughly 300php per copy of the birth certificate and roughly 400php per copy of the CENOMAR. 
  • If you request from the physical offices, roughly 100php to 150php per copy. 
How long?
  • If you request online, about 3 to 5 working days. 
  • If you request from the physical offices, within the day. 
Tips:
  • Requesting online is hassle-free; you just need to pay the extra fees for delivery. 
  • You need to be the one to receive your parcel. If not, you can always prepare a letter of authorization for whomever is at home. 


Community Tax Certificate or Cedula and Barangay Certificate 

Where to get?
  • Barangay Hall where you are residing 
How much?
  • For Cedula, it depends how much your salary is. They will also charge you extra for late registration. Computation for community tax = YTD gross income ÷ 1,000 + 5. 
  • For Barangay Certificate, it depends whether the barangay will charge you. Prepare roughly 100php. 
How long?
  • You can just wait for this. However, if the Barangay Captain isn't available to sign, you might want to come back the next day. 
Tips:
  • A barangay certificate is simply your certificate of residence. It differs from a barangay clearance, which specifies that you are a resident with good standing and good moral character, and that you do not have any negative records. 
  • This was the trickiest part for us, because the barangay will only issue a certificate if you are a registered (and active) voter in the same exact place.

Certificate of Attendance in a pre-marriage counseling, family planning, and responsible parenthood seminar 

Where to get?
  • City /Municipal Health Department 
How much?
  • Roughly 200php to 350php 
How long?
  • May take half a day or the whole day. It depends on where you're applying for marriage license. 
Tips:

  • You can only be accommodated if you are a registered (and active) voter in the same city/municipality. Some may ask for your Voter's Certificate, which you can request from the Comelec office. 
  • This is usually scheduled during the weekday, office hours, so better to file a vacation/personal leave. 
  • You and your spouse-to-be must go together when asking for a schedule. 
  • Bring all of your requirements during the seminar. After the seminar, you will fill out the marriage license application form and submit all your requirements.

Marriage license application form

Where to get?
  • City /Municipal Health Department 
How much?
  • Roughly 200php 
How long?
  • 10 days after application date 
Tips:
  • You can only be accommodated if you are a registered (and active) voter in the same city/municipality. 
  • You fill out this form immediately after the seminar (pre-marriage counseling), together with the submission of the other requirements.

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