Requirements for getting married in the Philippines

Here are things you need to accomplish before getting married in the Philippines.

Getting Married Basic Requirements

  1. New copy of BAPTISMAL and CONFIRMATION certificates of Groom and Bride from the church where baptized and confirmed, (with validity of six (6) months, with annotation FOR MARRIAGE PURPOSES ONLY to be submitted two months before the wedding.
    Note: Some churches request for this upon application.
  2. MARRIAGE LICENSE acquired from the Civil Registry of Marriage of the City or town of either the Groom or Bride (with validity of one hundred twenty (120) days / 4 months), issued License outside MANILA should present a valid ID or billing statement with address as a proof of your residence. If CIVILLY MARRIED a certified true copy of Marriage Contract from National Statistics Office to be submitted two months before the wedding or Marriage certificate from the country where civil wedding took place (photocopy only)
  3. CANONICAL INTERVIEW of the Groom and Bride to be conducted two months before the wedding date.
  4. A Certification of attendance in the Pre-Cana Seminar or Marriage Preparation Program or other programs related to marriage. If based abroad, a Parish certification that you attended a Pre-Cana seminar in your own parish abroad.
  5. ECCLESIASTICAL (WEDDING) BANNS and PERMIT to be announce for three consecutive Sundays in the parish of the Groom and Bride(The forms will be provided and filled up during the interview).
  6. LIST OF NAMES and ADDRESSES OF SPONSORS (Ninong and Ninangs)
  7. If based abroad, a Certificate of Freedom to marry from U.S. Parish Priest.
  8. For Wedding Anniversaries, bring a certified copy of your Catholic Marriage Contract and Interview by the Parish Priest/Asst. Parish Priest.
  9. If a Military man, Certification of Free to Marry from a higher headquarter / office.
  10. Those marriages have been declared null and void must present the Document of Nullity from the competent Matrimonial Tribunal, then a letter of approval from Archdiocesan Chancery Office.

Legal Requirements


  1. Barangay Clearance or Cedula
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage to be secure from the NSO)
  4. Counseling Certificate coming from the Parish Church (if to be wed at
    the church)
  5. Parents Consent (for 25 years old and below)
  6. Personal Appearance
  7. Valid for 120 days only.
  8. License Fee – P 390.00 (depends on the City or Municipality)

Forms are available in the Civil Registry of the place where you or your fiancé have been residing for the last six (6) months. When obtaining an application for marriage, it is wise to bring along the necessary documents.

The following is a list of necessary documents required by Makati, Mandaluyong, and Quezon City when applying for a marriage license:

  1. Certified True Copies of the contracting parties ‘ Birth Certificates from the National Statistics Office (NSO).
  2. Valid IDs with the addresses of the contracting parties.
  3. Community tax certificates of the contracting parties (required only in Quezon City).
  4. Barangay Certificate (required only in Makati).

Other Requirements:

Getting Married between CATHOLIC and NON-CATHOLIC:

  1. A Certificate of freedom to marry from the Non-Catholic Minister or Pastor.
  2. PROMISE FOR MIXED MARRIAGE FORM to be filled up during the interview. (To be submitted to the Chancery Office for approval)

Getting Married between FILIPINO and FOREIGNERS:

  1. Secure first a form of clearance from the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese of Manila located at 121 Arzobispo St., Intramuros, Manila. Look for FE Tel. No. 527-3955 / 527-7631/36.
  2. Certificate of freedom to marry from the foreigner’s parish.
  3. Legal capacity to marry from the foreigner’s national consulate / Embassy.


  1. JAPANESE CITIZEN must have clearance from Fr. Turo A. Nishimoto, CSsR at Travelers Life Building # 490 T. M. Kalaw St. Ermita, Manila. Tel. No. 525-0762.

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