How to apply for Marriage License in the Philippines

Marriage License: a requirement for either a Civil or Church wedding to be held in the Philippines. The Application Form for a marriage license must be secured at the Local Civil Registrar from the city, town or municipality where either the bride or the groom habitually resides. The personal appearance of those getting married is required in applying for a marriage license.

Each of the contracting parties shall file separately a sworn application for each license with the proper local civil registrar. Philippine law prescribes a ten-day waiting period from the filing of the Application to the issuance of the marriage license. The license is valid for 120 days from date of issuance and may be used anywhere in the Philippines.
At the time the contracting parties appear to file their application for a Marriage License to the local civil registrar, he or she must also submit the following supporting documents:

* Birth Certificate: Certified True Copy required of each the contracting parties with the respective registry number. This document is issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO).

NOTE: NSO now provides a web service which accepts online application for copies of birth and marriage certificates. It is called the e-Census, a web facility aimed to provide Filipinos within and outside the country an alternative means in applying for copies of their civil registry documents. It also has a 24-7 hotline called the NSO Helpline Plus with telephone no. (632)737.1111. You could also reach them via email through: e-census.L.Hufana@mail.census.gov.ph

* Parents’ Consent (for 18-21 years old) or Parent’s Advice (for 21-25 years old): Under Philippine law, the legal age for marriage is 18. If the contracting parties are between the ages of 18 and 21, they must present written consent to the marriage from their father, mother or legal guardian. While any contracting party between the age of 22 and 25 must present written parental advice, i.e., a written indication that the parents are aware of the couple’s intent to marry.
* Certificate of Attendance in a pre-marital counseling and family planning seminar conducted by the Division of Maternal and Child Health at the Municipal/City Hall in the same municipality or city where the contracting parties applied for the marriage license.

EXCEPTIONS TO THE MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUIREMENT
The marriage license is one of the vital documents to couples-to-be. However, the 1987 Family Code waives this requirement when:

1. Either or both of the contracting parties are at the point of death. The marriage remains valid even if the ailing party subsequently survives.
2. If the residence of either party is located that there is no means of transportation to enable such party to appear personally before the local civil registrar
3. In the cases provided for in the two preceding articles, the solemnizing officer shall state in an affidavit executed before the local civil registrar or any other person legally authorized to administer oaths that the marriage was performed in articulo mortis (when the party at the point of death is unable to sign the marriage certificate); or that the residence of either party, specifying the barrio or barangay, is so located that there is no means of transportation to enable such party to appear personally before the local civil registrar and that the officer took the necessary steps to ascertain the ages and relationship of the contracting parties and the absence of legal impediment to the marriage.
4. The original of the affidavit required in the last preceding article, together with the legible copy of the marriage contract, shall be sent by the person solemnizing the marriage to the local civil registrar of the municipality where it was performed within the period of thirty days after the performance of the marriage.
5. Marriages among Muslims or among members of the ethnic cultural communities may be performed validly without the necessity of marriage license, provided they are solemnized in accordance with their customs, rites or practices.
6. No license shall be necessary for the marriage of a man and a woman who have lived together as husband and wife for at least five years and without any legal impediment to marry each other. The contracting parties shall state the foregoing facts in an affidavit before any person authorized by law to administer oaths. The solemnizing officer shall also state under oath that he ascertained the qualifications of the contracting parties are found no legal impediment to the marriage.

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34 comments for “How to apply for Marriage License in the Philippines

  1. aidan murphy
    Sunday, December 14th, 2008 03:20 am GMT +8 at 3:20 am

    hello i am intending to marry my fiancee from kalibo i was just wondering is there any way i could apply for license while still in ireland?
    any help or information on this would help us alot
    thank you
    aidan

  2. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 12:50 pm GMT +8 at 12:50 pm

    Hi there, Just found your question and thought Id give you the benefit of my own experience last November. 2008

    First of all, before you can apply for a marriage licence YOU will need a “certificate of no impediment” (CONI). You can get one from your Local Registrars office, but you may have a time penalty . ie… you might have to comply with the 6 week Notice Period ( Banns) as if you were gettin married in UK / ( I assume Ireland is same or similar). It will then have to be ratified / approved at the British EMbassy in Manila ( obviously for a fee too). It is only valid for 90 days from Issue, in which time you HAVE to get married, or youll have to apply for another one.

    (When you say Ireland, Im gonna assume Eire, so your own embassy may have differing procedures, but Id like to bet they are similar to the UK )

    UK embassy is in Taguig City, Upper McKinley Road.

    I believe the Eire COnsulate / Mission is on JUpiter Street in Makati.( closer to the EDSA end)

    You can get a CONI at the Embassy in Manila, BUT, you have to have been in the philippines for 21 days PRIOR to applying for one, this is a Filipino Requirement and NOT a UK Embassy one. and you have to file a Notice of Marriage, which has to hang on the Embassy notice board for a further 21 days before you can get your CONI. My costs for both the notice of marriage and the CONI came to about 11 thousand Pesos. Before you apply for your CONI, your fiancee should have already applied to the NSO for what they call a CENOMAR, … ( certificate of No marriage) .. basically the same thing as yours. This is one of the required bits of paper the embassy needs before you can get your own paperwork. It took my wife and I 4 hours to stand in line to make the application, and a further 2 weeks before it was issued, so apply EARLY, if she hasnt already got one, tell her to go get one NOW.

    Once you have all the paperwork from the Embassy / Irish Registrars you can file for the marriage licence. However that takes at least 10 days from filing to receiving, and you ALSO have, as a requirement, to attend a Family planning / counselling seminar. unless you are ruled exempt. ( and believe me, it wont matter if you cant understand tagalog / visayan, they dont give a fig bout that.) I cant, AND my fiancee was pregnant, but that didnt matter either.

    If you plan on returning home WITH your wife, be prepared for a LONG wait, a lot of bureacracy and conflicting information. I am STILL waiting, after 2 months, for my NSO certified copy of my marriage certificate, which I NEED in order to apply for a visa for my wife to come back to UK with me. 2-4 months is the AVERAGE in Manila apparently, 6 months in the provinces so they say.

    Be prepared to spend a lot of money gettin the papers you need, as well as a longer than possibly intended stay in the country. Further more, just as an extra.. My wife is pregnant, and it takes 3 months to process a spouse visa for the UK. cos of this paperwork hassle, the time scale is now practically too short to get it done before she cant fly safely. This probably means I HAVE to stay in Manila until WELL after the birth, ( minimum of 3 more months, if not longer) cos the same delays in gettin NSO certificates of Birth will apply. IF I have to register my child in Manila ( as a British Citizen) it will cos me 59 quid to register, 59 quid to get a certificate, and then when we CAN leave Ill have to get a passport for him / her too… Its either THAT, or Ill probably have to apply for a visa for the child as well as my wife.

    I hope this info helps a bit, and has made you a bit more prepared for gettin married “filipino style”

    Cheers and Good Luck

    Paul McNulty

  3. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 12:56 pm GMT +8 at 12:56 pm

    P.S. Almost Forgot,

    On top of all this, … Unless you have a Visa from the Philippine Embassy in Eire / UK before you travel, you will only be allowed to enter for 21 days, ( wich you probably know already),. and will HAVE to extend your tourist stamp in your passport.

    First stamp extends your stay up to 59 days, ( average cost around 5000 Peso, give or take) and then after that you can extend monthly or Bi-monthly, again for a certain fee, which seems to vary dramatically from agency to agency,

  4. Saturday, January 31st, 2009 12:24 am GMT +8 at 12:24 am

    question: we are preparing for our wedding but we both residential of san juan city. And we are celebrating this occasion in quezon city. where we are going to apply our marriage license? in quezon city hall or in san juan city hall?

    thanks

    • hazel
      Saturday, February 8th, 2014 09:57 pm GMT +8 at 9:57 pm

      hi!!! possible ba na mag file ng license sa pasig pero sa antipolo kami magpapakasaL?

  5. che
    Saturday, January 31st, 2009 01:34 pm GMT +8 at 1:34 pm

    HI,
    I just want to ask if its ok..I already married in Australia then I just want to ask if how many days or months its takes to get the marriage Certificate with NS?I already post there in Phi.Embassy in Australia and how many days its post in NSO?how many days I get it coz I need to change my status to single to married..hope u answer my question..thanks

  6. Pau
    Saturday, March 28th, 2009 01:26 pm GMT +8 at 1:26 pm

    HI, i just want to ask, my fiancee and I, planning to get married here in the Philippines. Hi’s Italian working in Australia. What document we need to prepare for the license? Can i arrange it myself here w/o the presence my fiancee? Any information would help us a lot.. thanks, Pau

  7. jona maries
    Sunday, March 29th, 2009 03:09 pm GMT +8 at 3:09 pm

    Hi,
    I just want to ask several question I want to know…
    My fiancee and I were planning (civil wedding) to get married here in the Philippines this comming july 2009. He is from Australia. No problem for our documents, papers we can secure. He’s comming back here in the Philippines for our wedding on July. My wan’ts me process everything since he’s in Australia for his work.
    1. What are some of the papers needed to apply for marriege license?
    2. Can I arrange and process it by myself here w/o the presence of my fiancee?
    3. What are the document’s I need to ask from him?
    4. How many days it takes to process?
    5. How much I have to pay for the marriege license?
    6. What are some other fees? (pls. state how much)
    7. How it will cost for a civil wedding?
    8. How much cost to pay for the judge?

    Any informations and suggestions would help us.
    hope my questions will be answered.
    thank you,and God Bless..

    jona/wayne

  8. Melanie
    Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 01:29 am GMT +8 at 1:29 am

    Dear sir/madam,
    My fiance and I are planning to have a civil wedding in Australia. The only concern we have are what documents are required and where we can get married…

  9. Dangky Ignacio
    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 05:42 pm GMT +8 at 5:42 pm

    Hello,
    My fiancee has been here 3 times for 2 weeks each visit until he proposed marriage to me on his last holiday. We are planning to get married here in the Philippines but he can only stay here for 14 days because of work so he plans to get his CONI from their local registrar in UK. Will it shorten the period of processing his CONI from British Embassy in Manila? Will be done for a day? Does he have to apply for Notice of Marriage here that will mean he has to stay for 21 days? Please help me.
    Thanks,
    Dangky

  10. miriam
    Friday, April 24th, 2009 09:13 pm GMT +8 at 9:13 pm

    Hello everyone:) I found this site and i found it helpful….By the way, I wanna ask something and hope to hear your reply guys……..I’m going to get married this coming january and the earlier the better to prepare things needed for the marriage like paperworks. My fiancee is british. We have already make a list what papers we need to prepare… Guys do u know how much is the cost of local marriage certificate in Philippines? How quick can we get it? We knew that we can only have one copy of our marriage certificate, And i heard that we can get a certify through copy from it, so how quick can we get it then? How much does it cost to marry in judge in philippines? Hope to hear from u guys…………..

    Thanks…..
    Miriam

  11. russel christine ocampo
    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 09:49 pm GMT +8 at 9:49 pm

    hello, im russ 24 yrs old a student in baguio city, philippines. my boyfriend and i are planning to get marry this july 2009 he is working in the u.s. army i just want to know what are the documents that we need for our civil wedding… he’s gonna stay in the philippines for only 2weeks is it enough time for us to prepare all the things needed for our wedding coz he needs to go back to his job. i hope u can answer my questions thank you and God bless… ;)

  12. maricel gobenciong
    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 01:51 pm GMT +8 at 1:51 pm

    Hi,
    I just want to ask several question I want to know…
    My fiancee and I were planning (civil wedding) to get married here in the Philippines date not yet fix…. He is from Missuri. what documents, papers are we going to get?. He’s coming here in the Philippines for our wedding, he has many things to do so he wants to know if how is the procedure and how many months can he stay here in the philippines….and how many months extension….
    we would like to know
    1. What are some of the papers needed to apply for marriege license?
    2. Can I arrange and process it by myself here w/o the presence of my fiancee?
    3. What are the document’s I need to ask from him?
    4. How many days it takes to process?
    5. How much I have to pay for the marriege license?
    6. What are some other fees? (pls. state how much)
    7. How it will cost for a civil wedding?
    8. How much cost to pay for the judge?
    9. How much is the extension to stay longer here in our place
    10. tell me more so i can mail it to my fiancee..

    Any informations and suggestions would help us.
    hope my questions will be answered.
    thank you,and God Bless..

  13. Phoebe Rose Caboverde
    Monday, May 18th, 2009 07:17 pm GMT +8 at 7:17 pm

    hello have a good day, my boyfriend and me are planning to get married here in Philippines this July.. where do he can get the legal capacity to marry or CNI? so that the days will be shortened for his stay here, does one month of stay would be enough to get married? what are the documents do he need to present to get the legal capacity to marry? as well as to my side.. hope to hear from you, thank you so much..

  14. ann
    Sunday, May 31st, 2009 05:20 pm GMT +8 at 5:20 pm

    Hi! My partner and I have been living together for 7-1/2 yrs now and we are planning to get married in the Philippines. We have been living abroad and have been permanent residents though not citizens yet. I would like to ask if we still need to obtain a marriage license (I am not sure if this is an exemption to the marriage license requirement). Would you pls be able to clarify this?

    If we are still required to provide a marriage license, would we still be able to get married with only 3 weeks of stay in the Philippines? Unfortunately, we need to go back overseas after 3 weeks for our work.

    I hope to hear from you. Your response/help will be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks.

  15. regh
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 09:24 am GMT +8 at 9:24 am

    hi, I would like to inquire the requirements before getting married. My fiancee and I were planning (civil wedding) to get married here in the Philippines but the date is not yet fix…. He is a Filipino converted to U.S. citizen. what documents, papers are we going to get?. He’s coming here in the Philippines for our wedding.
    we would like to know
    1. What are some of the papers needed to apply for marriage license?
    2. What does he need to process before coming here? I want to know if he needs to apply for (Cenomar) Certificate of no marriage in the U.S.? How long it will take? Does he need to get legal capacity? Where will he get that documents it in the U.S. or Philippines? What agency? What else does he need a document before he arrives in the Philippines? He will be here in 1st week of July. Can he still process the document before leaving in California, U.S.?
    2. Can I arrange and process it by myself here w/o the presence of my fiancee?
    3. How much I have to pay for the marriage license?
    4. What are some other fees? (pls. state how much)
    Any informations and suggestions would help us.
    hope my questions will be answered.
    thank you,and God Bless..

  16. kel
    Friday, June 19th, 2009 01:29 am GMT +8 at 1:29 am

    hi, iam a filipina who embraced islam recently and i have an arab muslim fiancee at the moment. we are planning to marry in phil by march 2009. pls if someone who is knowlegdable of the procedures of muslim marriages in phil…thanks a lot.

  17. Jocelyn Onguda
    Friday, June 26th, 2009 03:14 pm GMT +8 at 3:14 pm

    My sister and her boyfriend wanted to get married. They’re previously married but both are already divorced in Japan. They were planning (civil wedding) to get married here in the Philippines this comming August 2009. They’re both Filipinos.
    1. What are some of the papers needed to apply for marriage license?
    2. Can I arrange and process it since they’re still both working in Japan?
    3. What are the document’s I need to ask from them?
    4. How many days it takes to process?
    5. How much I have to pay for the marrieage license?
    6. What are some documents or papers to be done and other fees? (pls. state how much)
    7. How it will cost for a civil wedding?
    8. How much cost to pay for the judge?
    thank you and hope to received your immediate reply.

    joy

  18. chaelo
    Friday, June 26th, 2009 10:29 pm GMT +8 at 10:29 pm

    hi..juz want to ask..my fiance will be coming home this aug 7..& were planning to get married on aug 22.his employer give him only 1mth vacation…is it possible to get our marriage license b4 our wedding date?need you advise..thank u so much

  19. jane
    Sunday, June 28th, 2009 08:41 pm GMT +8 at 8:41 pm

    hi,my bf is from US…we plan to get married on november…he wanted to get married with me the day after he will arrive…can i apply the marriage license while he is not yet here ?

  20. dogman
    Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 01:50 pm GMT +8 at 1:50 pm

    hi.my GF ang i decided to get married w/o her parents knowledge.she is 21 and im 25,i believe that we need to secure a parental advice w/c is impossible to get coz we want to get married w/o her parents knowing bout it…can we go to the civil registrar and just tell them that we cant provide a parental advice? will they approve of our reason for not securing a parental advice? will they still permit us to get the license without parental advice?

  21. Michelle Ann Cario
    Monday, January 4th, 2010 08:00 pm GMT +8 at 8:00 pm

    Hi,
    I just want to ask several question I want to know…
    My fiancee and I were planning (civil wedding) to get married here in the Philippines this comming july 2010. He is from Australia.He’s comming here in the Philippines for our wedding on July. My wan’ts me process everything since he’s in Australia for his work.
    1. What are some of the papers needed to apply for marriege license?
    2. Can I arrange and process it by myself here w/o the presence of my fiancee?
    3. What are the document’s I need to ask from him?
    4. How many days it takes to process?
    5. How much I have to pay for the marriege license?
    6. What are some other fees? (pls. state how much)
    7. How it will cost for a civil wedding?
    8. How much cost to pay for the judge?

    Any informations and suggestions would help us.
    hope my questions will be answered.
    thank you,and God Bless..

    Michelle

  22. Monday, January 4th, 2010 08:04 pm GMT +8 at 8:04 pm

    Hi,
    I just want to ask several question I want to know…
    My fiancee and I were planning (civil wedding) to get married here in the Philippines this comming july 2010. He is from Australia.He’s comming back here in the Philippines for our wedding on July. My wan’ts me process everything since he’s in Australia for his work.
    1. What are some of the papers needed to apply for marriege license?
    2. Can I arrange and process it by myself here w/o the presence of my fiancee?
    3. What are the document’s I need to ask from him?
    4. How many days it takes to process?
    5. How much I have to pay for the marriege license?
    6. What are some other fees? (pls. state how much)
    7. How it will cost for a civil wedding?
    8. How much cost to pay for the judge?

    Any informations and suggestions would help us.
    hope my questions will be answered.
    thank you,and God Bless..

    Michelle

  23. Monday, January 4th, 2010 08:05 pm GMT +8 at 8:05 pm

    Hi,
    I just want to ask several question I want to know…
    My fiancee and I were planning (civil wedding) to get married here in the Philippines this comming july 2010. He is from Australia. He’s comming back here in the Philippines for our wedding on July. My wan’ts me process everything since he’s in Australia for his work.
    1. What are some of the papers needed to apply for marriege license?
    2. Can I arrange and process it by myself here w/o the presence of my fiancee?
    3. What are the document’s I need to ask from him?
    4. How many days it takes to process?
    5. How much I have to pay for the marriege license?
    6. What are some other fees? (pls. state how much)
    7. How it will cost for a civil wedding?
    8. How much cost to pay for the judge?

    Any informations and suggestions would help us.
    hope my questions will be answered.
    thank you,and God Bless..

    Michelle

  24. Voni
    Sunday, January 10th, 2010 04:49 am GMT +8 at 4:49 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am a filipina and I am already married with a nigerian national. We will visit Philippines next month and I want to have amarriage contract here as well or Is it possible for me to get a marriage contract in Philippines?

    Hope you can help me.
    Thank you and God Bless.

    Voni

  25. jigs
    Thursday, January 14th, 2010 03:59 am GMT +8 at 3:59 am

    I wanted to ask since I got a list of requirements in my Local City Hall (manila) is states that for those who were born in manala, Local Birth certificate is ok, but I just wanted to make sure since I dont want to get any hassles that an NSO birth certificate will be required. to tell you honestly, there are many inconsistencies and irregularities when it comes to those kinds of requirements.In addition it is so time consuming to apply for that NSO even if they claim that they have upgraded such procesdures that they have..

  26. amelia cruz
    Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 12:27 pm GMT +8 at 12:27 pm

    hello,

    I have an Indian muslim fiance and we are planning to get married. Can i apply for the license myself coz he can only stay for a short period of time due to his work in another country. Im not sure too if he can secure a cenomar for himself. What do we need to do? Hoping so much for a reply. The soonest,the better..God bless and thank youspee

  27. jonalyn
    Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 09:54 pm GMT +8 at 9:54 pm

    hi!!i just want to ask since my boyfriend and I are planning to get married this march 20,2010…but he is now working in canada,but still a filipino citizen..he will arrive here in philippines on march 11.and definitely we could just start applying for a marriage contract on march 12…would it be possible for us to get marry on march 20?does the 10 days waiting period really relevant?does he also need to get a CONI?if so,can he just get it in canada just before he leaves there?

  28. fedra
    Monday, January 25th, 2010 01:41 pm GMT +8 at 1:41 pm

    hi! we are planning to get married on feb. 20, 2010, Im going 18 on feb 10, is it possible to apply for marriage license?

    hope my question will be answer.
    thank you!

  29. marie
    Thursday, January 28th, 2010 03:06 am GMT +8 at 3:06 am

    hi.. i would like to ask if it would be possible for me and my fiance to get married here in London? considering that we are student visa holders in this country? what are the requirements we need to meet here?

  30. Vijay Kumar
    Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 10:57 pm GMT +8 at 10:57 pm

    I am an Indian National andI am in Philippine from last 5 years, and I have one child of age 2 years from my philippino partner. I want to get legel status so we both can get married. I have no establish business to spend mony to get legel capcity. How can I solve my problem to be a legel person.

  31. Jackielyn
    Sunday, March 21st, 2010 12:51 am GMT +8 at 12:51 am

    Hi I want to know more of what are the requirements needed to get married in the Philippines if we already have a marriage license here in the US. We both live here in the US and have been married. We are planning of getting married in the Philippines on June 2011 and I need to know more information of how long does it take to aquire a marriage license to get married in a church in the Phil? We are going there for 3weeks and planning of doing the wedding on our 2nd weekend of stay in there. If given a chance, is it possible for my brother to fix some stuff for me while im here in the US? I will send all copies of our IDs and all documentation and original birthcertificate. Is it possible for me to send a notarized letter stating that I am giving my brother a permission to help me manage the required documentation needed to attain a license to marry in the Philippines. Please reply as soon as possible, before we can finalize our arrangement in travel. Thank you.

  32. Gerlie
    Monday, March 29th, 2010 11:34 pm GMT +8 at 11:34 pm

    Hi, I am currently working in Saudi Arabia and will be having my vacation this coming May 2010. My boyfriend resides in Cebu City while I am originally from Zamboanga City. I asked my mom to file for us in Zamboanga City but she was told that filing will only be done once both of us are already in Zamboanga City. Now my question is, can filing be done in Zamboanga but marriage at the court will be done in Cebu?

    I also have some clarifications since my vacation is only for one month. I will arrive on May 13th and my fiancee on May 14th. He will have his early flight to Zamboanga on the 14th, can we directly go to the office of city registrar in Zamboanga on the 14th to file for the license and have the seminar on the same day as well? Assuming we could have the seminar on the 14th, how long would it take us to have the license to marry? I hope you could response to my email and tell me the necessary steps so I could fix my schedule. I am little bit worried since we already booked our flight to Cebu on May 22. Looking forward for your reply. Thank you.

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