Solemnization of Marriage
- Contracting parties must be both Filipino nationals.
Checklist of Requirements:
- Contracting parties must be eighteen (18) years of age at the time of marriage.
- Marriage License Application form. The form can be downloaded from the Consulate’s website. It should be accomplished electronically or legibly handwritten. Both bride and groom must sign the documents in front of the Consular Officer;
- PSA birth certificate of both parties;
- PSA issued CENOMAR. The CENOMAR is valid for six (6) months from the date of issuance;
- Two (2) passport size photos of each party with white background, and
- Valid Philippine Passport or Philippine issued ID;
- Payment of applicable fees.
- Additional requirements for any of the following circumstances:
- PSA issued death certificate – for contracting party who is a widow or widower.
- PSA marriage certificate with annotation – If either of the contracting parties has been previously married, the applicant shall be required to furnish, instead of the birth or baptismal certificate, the death certificate of the deceased spouse or the judicial decree of the absolute divorce, or the judicial decree of annulment or declaration of nullity of his or her previous marriage.
- Affidavit of Parental Consent – for contracting party who is aged 18-21 years old. This affidavit is executed by their father, mother, surviving parent or guardian, or persons having legal charge of them and the affidavit must be notarized and authenticated by the DFA or the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate.
- Affidavit of Parental Advice. For contracting party who is aged 22-25 years old. This affidavit is executed by their father, mother, surviving parent or guardian, or persons having legal charge of them and the affidavit must be notarized and authenticated by the DFA or the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate.
- Naturalization Documents. If either or both parties are naturalized Filipino (by election or recognition) or has reacquired Philippine Citizenship under RA 9225.
APPLICATION FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE
- Marriage license is valid for 120 days from the date of issuance. It is not required where a man and a woman have lived together for at least five (5) years as husband and wife without the benefit of marriage and have no legal impediment to marry each other. In such case, in lieu of marriage license the parties are required to execute a Joint Affidavit of Cohabitation.
1. Birth Certificates of the contracting parties duly authenticated by PSA and DFA;
2. PSA issued Certificate of No Marriage Record (CENOMAR) issued not more than 60 days from date of intended marriage duly authenticated by DFA;
3. Valid Philippine passports of contracting parties.
- The ceremony of marriage solemnization will be on a date after the mandatory 10-day publication of the marriage (marriage bann) following the submission of the complete documentary requirements at the Consulate.
- Parental Consent – If either or both of the contracting parties are between 18 to 21 years old, the parents of the contracting party or parties must execute an affidavit of consent, executed in the presence of two witnesses and attested before any official authorized by law to administer oaths (E.O. 209 Art. 14). The affidavit should be authenticated by DFA.
- Parental Advice – If either or both of the contracting parties are between 21to 25 years old, he or she execute an affidavit that parental advice was sought together with the written advice given (E.O. 209 Art. 15). The affidavit should be authenticated by DFA.
- Additional Requirements
Naturalization Documents – If either or both parties are naturalized Filipino (by election or recognition) or has reacquired Philippine citizenship (RA 9225)
- With previous marriage annulled:
- Court Order and Certificate of Finality - If either or both parties has/have married before and the marriage was annulled or declared null and void, such party or parties must secure a court order annulling or declaring the previous marriage as null and void and such order must be duly authenticated by DFA.
2. Marriage contract of previous marriage with annotation on annulment duly authenticated by PSA and DFA.
- Joint Affidavit of Cohabitation – If the contracting parties lived as husband and wife for a period of not less than five (5) years without any legal impediment to marry each other, the parties are required to execute an affidavit of cohabitation in lieu of a marriage license.
- If divorced: – If the divorce decree was obtained abroad, the Filipino spouse must present to the PCG the PSA authenticated marriage certificate of previous marriage with proper annotation and Certificate of Finality of the Court Order recognizing the divorce decree obtained abroad. Both documents should be authenticated by DFA.
- If widowed: Please submit as appropriate:
- 2.1 PSA issued Death Certificate of the deceased spouse duly authenticated by DFA.
- 2.2 If there is no a record of the death of his or her spouse from PSA, he or she must present a certificate of fact of death duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction over the place where the document issued.
- 2.3 Court Order on Presumptive Death of Spouse and Certificate of Finality -PSA authenticated marriage certificate of previous with proper annotation is required together with the Court Order and Certificate of finality. Documents should be authenticated by DFA.
Requirements for affidavit of consent and support:
- Marriage Contract of Parents;
- Birth Certificate of Child.
Note: The Marriage Contract and the Birth Certificate of the Child must be authenticated by the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA).