How to Get Married in the Philippines – Requirements and Procedures

If you want to get married in the Philippines, you have to know the requirements and procedures before your big wedding day. I am sharing here the documents needed and the steps to do in preparation for your marriage whether it’s a church or civil wedding, a beach, garden or anywhere you like in the Philippines.

This is marriage 101 and it contains everything you need to know about marrying in this country whether you are both Filipino citizen or one of you is a foreigner from the US, UK, Canada, etc. Also included in this post is application of marriage contract, getting a marriage license and finally PSA (NSO) authenticated marriage certificate.

How to Get Married in the Philippines – Requirements

  1. Application of marriage license
  2. Attending required seminars and counseling
  3. Celebration of wedding or solemnization of marriage
  4. Release of marriage license
  5. Getting official PSA marriage certificate

How to Get Married in the Philippines – Procedures

The first step of getting married in the Philippines is applying for a marriage license. This is the most important requirement and document needed for your marriage in the church or civil wedding. You and your spouse must get this because it is needed to verify your eligibility for marriage. All other documents are already included in getting marriage license so I listed them all here. I advise you prepare original and photocopy of each document.

  • Application Form (provided by the LCR office)
  • PSA / NSO Authenticated birth certificate
  • Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) issued by the PSA / NSO
  • Community Tax Certificate (Cedula)
  • Recent 1 x 1 Photo
  • Affidavit of parental consent (if the bride and/or groom is 18-21 years old)
  • Affidavit of parental advice (if the bride and/or groom is 22-25 years old)

Important notes:

If the applicant is a widow or widower, death certificate of the deceased spouse is needed.

If the applicant is a foreigner or not a Filipino citizen, he or she must provide a Certificate of Legal Capacity to marry issued by the embassy of his/her country in the Philippines.

how to get married in the philippines requirements procedures

How to get a marriage contract or license in the Philippines?

You and your spouse must go to the LCR (Local Civil Registrar) office of the Municipal’s Office where you will be wed. Fill up the application form. This is usually called marriage contract application form too. There’s a section there for the groom’s info and the bride’s info. Please be careful in filling out the form and double check your info before submitting the paper. You don’t need to encounter errors at the NSO / PSA in the future. Once you’re done, you will be asked to attend the required seminars before your wedding.

Marriage Seminar and Counseling in the Philippines

In the moment, there are two required seminars to be attended by both marrying parties whether they will have a church wedding or a civil wedding. Husband and wife need to complete the said seminars to have certificates of attendance. The certificates are required before the release of their marriage license.

  • Pre-marriage counseling from the Church (DSWD for civil marriages)
  • Family planning and Responsible Parenthood Seminar from your Municipal’s Office

Church and Civil Wedding

A Church Wedding is a dream come true especially for women. Walking down the aisle and saying “I do’s” and exchanging vows in front of the altar is part of the Sacrament of Marriage. It makes the bond and relationship sacred. As we all know there are many devoted Catholics in the Philippines and there’s no divorce. Marriage is a lifetime commitment and it’s a bond blessed by God. The celebration of marriage in the church may be one of the most important and most unforgettable moments in a Filipino’s life.

There are times and circumstances though when both spouse choose to have a Civil Wedding before anything else. It is also an official wedding celebration. People choose this nowadays because wedding dates must be scheduled and booked months before the big day. Civil weddings don’t need a grand preparation just like a church wedding. You don’t need a grand entourage, big reception venue and nuptial parties much.

You need to make an appointment to the authorized official for your civil wedding ceremony. Unlike church weddings, civil weddings are officiated by a judge, mayor or any authorized official in a city hall court. You need at least two persons (on their legal age) to witness the ceremony. In case one of the spouses is under 18 years of age, the presence of a parent or guardian is needed.

Release of Marriage License

Your marriage license or marriage contract can be claimed after you have completed the requirements. Present the Certificates of Attendance to the LCR office where you filed or applied your license. It is advised that you file the registration within 15 days from the date of wedding celebration. It will be released after 10 days from the time of application. It will be valid in any part of the Philippines for 120 days (four months) from the date of issue.

How to get a marriage certificate in the Philippines?

I think you can get a copy from any PSA (NSO) office after that period if you like the official PSA (NSO) authenticated marriage certificate. It’s in yellow paper as of now. If your marriage registration is already in the PSA (NSO) database, you can get one to any NSO office or SM and Robinson’s malls nationwide. It costs around P155 right now.

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567 thoughts on “How to Get Married in the Philippines – Requirements and Procedures”

  1. Hi! So I am a Filipina, I have an Arab Boyfriend which is already married here in his country. We want to have wedding in Pinas kahit civil wedding lang, is it possible? He is a Muslim he can marry 4x anyway.

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  2. Hi po, I just want to ask if all the documents (birth certificate, cenomar and baptismal certificate) should be submitted on original copy when you apply in church wedding? Thank you po.

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    • Yes Girlie! All documents must be submitted in original copy to your chosen church and you should attend also seminars in the church different from the seminars you must attend provided by the Civil Registry Office.

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      • hi po ask ko lang po na pwede po ba na yung mag pprocess ng requirements for the civil wedding is isa sa mga relatives namin?kase we are planning to get married po pag kauwi ng pinas next yr and we just only 1month po na bakasyon possible po ba na ma process at makasal kami sa month din na yun??

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  3. Hello, papano po ba pinaprocess ang marriage certificate kapag ang marriage license ay issue sa las piñas and wedding ay sa mindoro? Ipaprocess ba sa munisipyo sa mindoro o sa las poñas din kung saan kumuha ng license?

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  4. Need advise.

    My fiance and I intend to marry in Cebu. We are both Irish Citizens, but born in Philippines but have not lived there since we were both the age of 10 years old. We have asked about requirements and while we do understand most of them. We are required to provide a CEDULA (tax certificate). How is this even a requirement when we have never lived/worked in Philippines. We both left at 10years of age. And how do we provide proof of residence status?

    I hope somebody can help. We are going around in circles trying to figure this out. As we both live abroad, it is difficult for us to source documentation and go home just to sort out documents.

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  5. Hello po.
    Pls. Help.
    My friend (filipina) had been a citizen of canada for 14 years and her fiancee (irish) is a permanent resident holder in canada. Both catholoc and would like to get a church wedding ( what are the requirements that they need) . Thank you in advance.

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      • hi Junalyn. for your foreign fiance what he need to provide is the LEGAL CAPACITY, Arrival stamp etc. CENOMAR is only for the Filipino Citizen. for more info just email me.
        Thanks

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        • This woman at Tandag City Hall she is asking me to provide cedula yet I am British. I guess she do not understand the requirements from foreigner..

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  6. Hi CGO, what you need is the PSA copy of your Marriage Certificate. then ibigay niyo sa magkakasal sa inyo, at yung mag kakasal sa inyo ang gagawa ng kopya nila ng MArriage cert, pero hindi na kailangan pang ipasa sa PSA.

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  7. Hi just want to ask, if kasal na ng civil wed then mag cchristian wedding. The same requirements and process ba ulit ang gagawin? seminars, doc requirement etc. Then panibagong Marriage Certificate ba yun?

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  8. Hi ask ko lang po if, paano po kaya makapag cinvert ng religion from born again to catholic? And anu po pwede ibang gamitin maliban sa baptismal certificate na mis place kasi.Need daw po kasi yun para makapag convert ako ng religion.Planning to get married next year.

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  9. Hi there!!

    I have an important question. I hope you can find time to answer. I, a MALE filipino citizen, and my partner, an Italian citizen plan on getting married. Now that civil union is finally legal in Italy, is it possible for us to seal the deal here in the consulate of Italy in Manila? If so, what are the requirements we need, aside of course, from the basics.

    Thank you so much!! Any help is appreciated.

    Light and love

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    • Hi Lui, for that info, I think you must ask the embassy of Italy in Manila about your concern they are the one can provide the exact and correct answer to your concerns.

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  10. Hi. Itatanong ko lang po kung kelangan pa ba ng barangay certificate para sa application ng marriage license kung sa north caloocan kami magfile nun? This coming wednesday na po kasi namin lalakarin yun saka usually po sino po ba ang nagkakasal pag civil wedding dito sa north caloocan? Thanks.

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    • Hello Hanna, kung saan kayo nakatira dun kayo mag aaply ng Marriage License. dipende yan sa Local Civil registrar

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    • Hello po.mg tatanong po aku.fiancee ku po is holding a french divorce po but his a british citizen. he was married with his ex wife in france.. now we are planning to have a civil wedding here by may po. original po ba isubmit nya na divorce decree with translation?at ATA certification accepted po ba dito. sa atin.

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    • Hi po, me and my fiance dont know where to start our journey when it comes to the requirements. Please help us or give us a tip on where to start and what to start.

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  11. hi good day! ask ko lng for example you get marriage license sa tagaytay. could we file the marriage cert to other cityhall? example: imus cavite? mas mbilis kc processing nila compared to tagaytay. thanks

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  12. Hello po 🙂 tanong kolang po , kung kelangan paba ng request ng munisipyo nmin dito sa pampanga , para makakuha ng parental advice ung parents ng asawa ko sa ilo-ilo? Un nlang kase yung kulang , ang kaso ayaw daw silang bigyan ng parental advice hanggat wala request galing dito sa munisipyo ng pampanga? Thank you po sa makakasagot 🙂

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  13. Hi
    My marriage certificate date is one week different to date of ceremony..
    The date on certificate I was not in the Philippines.
    Would this later when applying for a UK visa

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    • Hello James, It depends on how you process the documents. but since you’re from UK you will get a headaches process for the VIsa of your spouse.

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  14. Hello po,

    i got married in the US last Christmas Eve. I got the certified true copy of our Marriage License and Certificate with me and I wonder how can I submit my copy to the PSA and is it possible if my dad submits it for me since I am currently working Mon-Fri. My husband (US Citizen) and I are filing this for my spousal visa petition.

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  15. hi po kasal na po kame sa cyprus kaso ung kasal nmn don hnd nmn naregister so plano po nmn umuwe jan sa pinas ang asawa ko jewis pwd po kaya kame ulit ikasal sa civil lang po at ano po kaya requirements nmn

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  16. Hi – the Certificate of Legal Capacity to marry issued by the embassy of his/her country in the Philippines. Does this have to be issued by the Embassy in the Philippines or can it be done in the home country – in our case the UK?

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  17. pano kung ang mapapangasawa eh walang embassy s pilipinas,pero gustong mag pakasal dyan stin s pinas,,anong dapat gawin at anong requirements ang kailangang iprovide,,like halimbawa syrian nationals ang maag papakasal s pilipino anong dapat gawin,,

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  18. Hi!
    My boyfriend and I have already a desired month for our Civil Wedding, it will be on September 2018. Pwede na po ba kami mag apply ng marriage license February 2018?
    Possible din kaya na makakuha kami ng schedule ng September 2018?

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    • Hi. 3 months lang ang validity ng Marr. license from the date of release.. pwede kayo mag start mag apply on the month of July. then kung Foreign partner. make sure sa buwan na iyon meron na siyang Legal Capacity. for more info. call or Text 0918-959-3080.

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      • Hello patulong po engaged n ako non 2017dec. Din balak nmin magpakasal dis year pudi po bang dun sya kukuha ng affirmation sa england din pag nkakuha n sya ng capacity of marriage isesend nlng nia skin?kc dis year 3weeks lng sya dto thanks

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  19. Hello po! tanong ko lang po kung talagang kailang pang ifile ng fiance ko ang devorce decree nya sa RTC?At 6 months ba talaga ang processing? Sana po matulungan nyo ako kase nagpaplano kami magpakasal sa May at 2 weeks vacation lang ang binigay sa kanya. Kaya gusto namin na maayos na lahat ang kailangang documents hanggang malayo pa. Sana po matulungan nyo kami,.
    Salamat!

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  20. hi po,salamat sa lahat ng makakasagot,,

    plan po namin ng bf ko na magpakasal next year,(church wedding sa probinsya) ofw po ako,ang bf ko nanjan sa pinas,and uuwi ako 2nd week of april,, ang tanong ko lang po ilang weeks ang seminar,,,posible po ba na maihabol/maiischedule namin ang kasal until last week of april?? ,, salamat po sa lahat ng tutugo

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  21. Hi i just wanna ask if anu yung mas valid na date yung kasal sa civil or sa wedding?? Ksi iba sa civil na date iba rin sa wedding..thank you

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      • Ask ko lang sana kung pwede kumuha ng requirements pangkasal dito sa pampanga tapos sa Cagayan Valley kmi ikakasal.pwede po kaya yun

        At pag Sa Baptist Church po ba kmi ikakakasal kailangan papo ba ng baptismal pag kukuha ng requirements para sa kasal?sabi po kasi ng pastor namin doon nalang daw po kami sa cagayan valley mag pabautismo/(baptismal) bago kmi ikasal nong asawa ko..pasagot please

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  22. hi! i’d just like to ask po.. Will my boyfriend be able to get Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry at US Consular Agency Cebu? Do we need to set an appointment or pwede walk in?

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  23. Hi good day!
    Ask ko Lang poh sana if possible na mag register kmi ng marriage sa pampanga but yung ceremony sa bantayan island cebu? Ano poh kaya pwd gawin pag ganun? Thanks and have a nice day everyone.

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      • Hello…ngpksal n kme ng civil s dasmarinas and gusto nmn mgpksal s church…ngtnong ako s ibng church on the phone nid ko rw umuwe ng pinas pra lng mgpregister ng kasal for august..sn kyng church pde mgpksal khit relative ko lng o planner ko lng an ppnta pra mgdala ng requirements then pag uwe nmn kme n fill up ng form..sna s cavite lng un church..don un venue nmn..pls help qng my alm kau

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  24. Hello po sa inyong lahat dito!
    Kailangan ko po ng tulong nalilito napo ako.

    Ganito po kasi situation ko po, nag apply po kami ng foreigner boyfriend ko (south african citizen) ng marriage license okay napo lahat except nung certificate of no impediment to marry niya. Hindi po tinanggap ng local civil registry dito samin sa cagayan de oro kasi daw po sabi ng staff dun na dapat i receive muna daw like stampan ng taga south african embassy in makati. Ngayon po tumawag ako sa embassy ang sabi naman po okay na daw yun kasi isinend ko po yung photo ng certificate via email. Hindi na raw po kailangan stampan o ireceive yun ng embassy ng south africa sa makati kasi yun na daw po yun. Ang sabi kasi po ng embassy ng south africa sa manila ay hindi cla nagiisue ng certificate of no impediment gaya ng ibang embassy, irerequest daw po ito sa home affairs sa south africa pagkatapos ilelegalize ng dirco ng south africa at pagkatapos para daw magamit sa pilipinas ay iaauthenticate ng embassy ng pilipinas sa south africa which is ginawa po namin lahat. Yun nga po hindi tinanggap ng civil registry dito kasi dapat daw ireceive/stampan ng embassy ng south africa in makati eh tumanggi naman ung embassy kasi hindi na raw kailangan kasi valid na yun at hindi daw yun ang protocol. Ngayon po nalilito ako kasi papunta na rito may ticket na yung bf ko magpapakasal na kami next week at wala pa ung license. Please help po sa naka experience ng ganito po maraming salamat po

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    • No need n po stamp ung certificate nyo,pero kng ayaw tlga nla try nyo po s ibng lugar ng local registry office pero kailangan ng appearance nyong dlwa,or hnap n lng kau ng solemnizing officer n ngpprovide n din Ng marriage liscence bsta complete requirements.

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