How to Get a CENOMAR in the Philippines: 4 Easy Ways


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CENOMAR or Certificate of No Marriage is one of the main requirements for Filipinos who wish to get married.

This document will serve as proof that the applicant has never contracted marriage. In the case of annulled individuals, it can serve as the Certificate of Singleness that can prove that the applicant is free to remarry.

CENOMAR is requested for different purposes, including marriage license application, fiance visa application, local and overseas employment, school enrollment, and loan/claims/benefits application.

This guide will provide all the details that you need to know in order to request your CENOMAR.

 

How long is the validity of a CENOMAR?

CENOMAR is only valid for 6 months from the date of issuance by the PSA or Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly NSO).

 

What are the requirements to get CENOMAR from PSA?

These are the basic requirements needed when requesting CENOMAR:

  • Duly-accomplished CENOMAR Application Form
  • At least 1 Valid ID. Acceptable IDs include Office or Company ID, SSS/GSIS/PhilHealth/Pag-IBIG ID, Driver’s License, Passport, PRC ID, Senior Citizen’s ID, Voter’s ID, NBI Clearance, PhilPost ID, and PWD ID
  • Authorization letter signed by the owner (if the applicant won’t be able to apply or claim the CENOMAR personally)
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Sample of a CENOMAR from NSO (now PSA)

How much is the CENOMAR fee?

The fees to be paid when requesting CENOMAR will depend on how you’ll file the application. The processing/application fees range from Php 210 to Php 1,200.

 

How long does it take to apply for a CENOMAR?

Depending on what option you choose in obtaining it, a CENOMAR can be released on the same day it was requested to as long as 10 days.

 

How to Get a CENOMAR in the Philippines: 4 Ways.

Option 1: Walk-in application.

A. How to Get a CENOMAR at the PSA office.

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If you’re in a hurry, getting your CENOMAR at any of the PSA offices in the country might be your best option. Not only will you be able to claim your CENOMAR within the day if you choose this option, but you’ll also get to pay lower processing or application fees. However, make sure to come early in the morning since PSA offices usually have a lot of applicants and the lines are always long.

Requirements:

  • Duly-accomplished CENOMAR Application Form
  • 1 valid ID
  • Authorization letter (if applicable)
  • Fee: Php 210 per copy

Step-by-step Guide:

  1. Head to the nearest PSA office.
  2. Get your green CENOMAR Application Form from the Customer Service Counter.
  3. Completely fill out the application form.
  4. Head to the Evaluating Officer and have your form and documents checked for accuracy, authenticity, and legibility.
  5. Once your documents are approved, head to the cashier to pay the application fee.
  6. Get your Official Receipt with a stamp containing the date and time of the release of your document.
  7. If you went to the office early, your document will be released on the same day.
  8. Head to the Releasing Area to receive your CENOMAR.

B. How to Get a CENOMAR at SM Business Center.

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If you want convenience and shorter queues, you have the option to file your CENOMAR application at any of PSA’s partner establishments, including SM Business Centers. The average processing time for CENOMAR applications filed at SM malls is 7 days. It must be noted, however, that they charge higher processing or application fees than PSA offices.

Requirements:

  • Duly-accomplished CENOMAR Application Form
  • 1 valid ID
  • Authorization letter (if applicable)
  • Fee: Php 235 per copy

Step-by-step Guide:

  1. Head to an SM Business Center near you.
  2. Get a white CENOMAR application form at the Customer Service Counter.
  3. Completely fill out the application form. You might also be asked to accomplish a smaller transaction form where you’ll indicate the number of copies that you’re requesting and the requesting party’s details.
  4. Go to the cashier and submit the accomplished form, your valid ID, and the processing fees.
  5. Get your Official Receipt and Claim Stub. Check the Claim Stub for the release date of your CENOMAR.
  6. On the day of release, head back to the SM Business Center near you and present the Official Receipt, Claim Stub, and your valid ID. If you’re claiming someone else’s CENOMAR, make sure to bring an authorization letter signed by the owner of the document.
  7. Claim your CENOMAR.

 

Option 2: Online application.

You can now request CENOMAR online and have it delivered right at your doorstep. PSA Serbilis and PSA Helpline can process CENOMAR requests and deliver the official document anywhere in the Philippines. OFWs can also use one of these service providers since it accepts and delivers orders abroad.

It must be noted that should your requested document requires manual research and/or retrieval from paper archives, there will be an additional 10-15 days of processing/delivery time. You’ll be informed via email if that’s the case for your online document request.

A. How to Get a CENOMAR Online via PSA Helpline.

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PSA Helpline can only process orders within the Philippines. This online document request service can deliver your requested document within 2-7 days from the date of order confirmation.

Requirements:

  • Valid ID of the applicant (to be presented when receiving the CENOMAR from the courier)
  • In case the applicant won’t be available to receive the CENOMAR: Valid IDs of both the document owner and the authorized representative; and authorization letter (if the representative is not a parent or child of the document owner)
  • Fee: Php 465 per copy

Step-by-step Guide:

  1. Go to the official website of PSA Helpline.
  2. Click the ‘Order Now’ tab.
  3. Click ‘CENOMAR’ from the list of service options.
  4. Click the Purpose of the request from the given options.
  5. On the next page, you’ll be asked to provide your personal information like name, birthday, and parents’ names. After successfully providing all the required details, click the ‘Continue’ button.
  6. Provide the name of the person whose name will appear on the CENOMAR. If you’re requesting for someone else, indicate your relationship with the document owner. After providing the requested details, click the ‘Submit’ button.
  7. On the Checkout page, your order summary will be displayed. You’ll be asked to provide additional details like contact information and names of up to three representatives. After successfully providing the additional information, check the ‘I certify’ box and click ‘Continue’.
  8. For instant payments, you can use your Mastercard or VISA card and GCash account. For over-the-counter payments, you can check your email for payment instructions. You can pay the fees at any of these payment channels: PNB, Metrobank, BDO, Bayad Center, ECPay (7-Eleven), Bancnet, and Touchpay. Click your preferred payment option to view the instructions.
  9. After successfully completing the payment process, your order will be confirmed.
  10. Wait for the delivery of your CENOMAR.

 

B. How to Get a CENOMAR Online via PSA Serbilis.

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PSA Serbilis delivers documents anywhere in the Philippines and in the world. For orders within the Philippines, you can expect to receive your CENOMAR 7-13 days after successfully placing your order. For orders abroad, the delivery time takes 6-8 weeks after the payment and will be sent via PhilPost registered mail. There’s also a ‘Special Courier Service’ option for Filipinos who are based abroad for faster delivery.

Requirements:

  • Valid ID of the applicant (to be presented when receiving the CENOMAR from the courier)
  • In case the applicant won’t be available to receive the CENOMAR: Valid IDs of both the document owner and the authorized representative; and authorization letter (if the representative is not a parent or child of the document owner)
  • Fee: Php 430 per copy (for local delivery) or USD 25.30 per copy (for international delivery)

Step-by-step Guide:

  1. Go to the official website of PSA Serbilis.
  2. Click the ‘Online Application’ under the ‘Request’ tab.
  3. Click the ‘Click here to request now’ button.
  4. Read the Terms and Conditions and click ‘I accept’ at the end of the page.
    Provide your personal information like the name (of the requester), delivery address, TIN, and contact information. Click the ‘Next’ button after successfully providing all the details.
  5. Check if all the details are correct and click ‘Confirm’. If there are errors, click the ‘Change/Edit’ button.
  6. You’ll be taken to the Requests Summary page. To get started, click the ‘CENOMAR’ option.
  7. On the next page, you’ll be asked to provide additional information like the number of copies (up to 12 copies can be requested), the complete name of the document owner, birthday, parents’ names, and purpose of the request. Click the ‘Save’ button after successfully providing all the details.
  8. Check if all the details are correct and click the ‘Confirm’ button. If there are errors, click the ‘Change/Edit’ button.
  9. Once you’re done, click the ‘Submit’ button on the Requests Summary page. You’ll be given a Batch Request Number that you’ll use for the payment. Print two copies of the request page.
  10. Pay the application fee through any of the available payment options. You’ll be redirected to the payment page if you click any of the instant payment options. If you’ll complete the payment through the offline options, you’ll receive the payment details through email. It must be noted that refunds and cancellations will no longer be accepted after payment has been made.
  11. Always use the Batch Request Number when making a payment. Once you have successfully paid for your document request, your order will be confirmed and processed.
  12. You can check the site’s Delivery page to check the status of your order and find out when it’s going to be delivered.

 

Frequently Asked Questions.

1. How can I get CENOMAR after an annulment?

You may follow the standard procedure for requesting CENOMAR or Certificate of Singleness. The difference is there will be an annotation on your CENOMAR that you have previously contracted marriage and that it was annulled.

Related: How to File Annulment in the Philippines: An Ultimate Guide

 

2. Can US citizens get a CENOMAR? How?

Instead of CENOMAR, US Citizens are required to obtain an Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry. They can file the affidavit at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.

 

3. Is it possible to get a CENOMAR even if I’m married?

If you were previously married in the Philippines and it was registered with the PSA, you will not be able to get CENOMAR. PSA will issue CEMAR (Certificate of Marriage) instead.

 

4. Can I request and/or claim CENOMAR for someone else?

Yes and no. Yes, anyone can request the CENOMAR of a person. However, only the following can claim a person’s CENOMAR: owner’s father, mother, and daughter or son of legal age.

 

5. How can I get DFA-authenticated CENOMAR?

Instead of red ribbons, DFA is now issuing Apostille certificates to authenticate documents.

To authenticate your CENOMAR, head to a DFA Consular Office that offers authentication services and submit your document to be authenticated and at least 1 valid ID. You don’t need to secure an online appointment for authentication services.

 

6. How can I correct misspelled information on my CENOMAR?

If there is any misspelled information on your CENOMAR, you can have it corrected by heading to the nearest PSA Office or by submitting an inquiry online.

 

7. I’m an OFW currently based abroad. How can I get a CENOMAR without flying back to the Philippines?

You can order your CENOMAR online through PSA Serbilis. This online document request service provider delivers documents all over the world.

 

About the Author.

Anna Pamela R. Capistrano is an experienced content writer who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in multimedia studies at the University of the Philippines – Open University. She has been working as a freelance writer for over 6 years and has created a wide range of content for various websites. Aside from writing, she also loves cooking, baking, dancing, and watching K-dramas. As an Aquarius woman, she’s passionate about making the world a better place one step at a time.

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