How to Get an Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry

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A Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry is one of the most important requirements for foreigners who want to marry a Filipino in the Philippines. Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy is unable to issue this type of certificate because U.S. Consular Officers are prohibited from releasing certifications about an American citizen’s eligibility to marry.

However, they can issue an Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry which is accepted by the Philippine government as long as it’s obtained from the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

The Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry is a self-certification to be executed by the American citizen at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, indicating that he’s free to marry in the Philippines.

 

How to Get an Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry: Procedure and Requirements.

1. Requirements.

  • Appointment Confirmation
  • U.S. Passport (must be valid)
  • Divorce Decree (if the foreigner is divorced)
  • Death Certificate of Spouse (if the foreigner is a widow/widower)
  • $50 transaction fee (cash and credit card are accepted)

 

2. Step-by-step Guide.

  1. Make sure that you have fully understood what the document means and all the rules that apply.
  2. Book an appointment online through this link.
  3. Select the country (Philippines) and city (Manila) of the U.S. Embassy where you wish to set an appointment.
  4. Click ‘Make an Appointment’.
  5. Choose ‘Request notarial and other services not listed above’ from the list of available services.
  6. Provide all the required information.
  7. Print your appointment confirmation.
  8. Head to the U.S. Embassy in Manila on the appointment date with all the required documents.

Go back to the main article: How to Get Married in the Philippines with a Foreigner: An Ultimate Guide