How to Register Marriage in the Philippines if You’re Married Abroad

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You need to report your overseas marriage to the Philippine Embassy if you want your marriage to be recognized in the Philippines, have a record with the PSA, and to be able to change your name on your Philippine passport (for females) before it expires.

Report of marriage must be filed within 12 months from the date of marriage or it will be considered a delayed registration.

To report your marriage, simply go to the Philippine Embassy of your current country of residence and submit the following documents (although some embassies might ask for additional requirements):

1. Duly-accomplished Report of Marriage Form (5 copies)

2. Foreign Marriage Certificate (1 original and 5 photocopies)

  • If the marriage certificate is not in English, you should get an official English translation.
  • If you got married in Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, or Middle Eastern countries, the marriage certificate must be authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country.
  • If you got married in Nepal or India, the marriage certificate must be attested by the country’s Notary Public and the Ministry of External Affairs. It must also be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India in the Philippines.

3. Birth Certificate of both husband and wife (1 original and 5 photocopies)

4. Passport data page of both parties (5 photocopies)

  • Valid passport during the time of marriage and current valid passport must be included
  • If the passport used during the time of marriage is unavailable, you can submit your current passport or valid ID, together with an Affidavit of Non-submission of Document.
  • If you got married in US or Canada, submit any of the following documents: green card or permanent resident card, copy of the visa (if the purpose is tourist, leisure or business), and the working permit or job contract (if the applicant is employed during the time of marriage)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (If the Filipino citizen acquired foreign citizenship after the marriage)

5. Recent passport-sized photos of both parties (5 pieces each)

6. Negative Certification of Marriage Record (Issued by the PSA)

7. Notarized Affidavit of Delayed Registration of Marriage (If the marriage took place over a year ago)

8. Notarized Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons (If the marriage took place over a year ago)

9. Consular fee of $25

10. If Filipino spouse is previously annulled: Marriage Contract with proper annotation (Issued by the PSA and DFA-authenticated)

11. If Filipino spouse is previously divorced: Copy of Divorce Decree or Certificate (Validated by the Regional Trial Court)

12. If Filipino spouse is widowed: Death Certificate of the previous spouse (Issued by the PSA) or Foreign Death Certificate

13. If foreign spouse is annulled or divorced: Copy of Foreign Decree or Decision

14. If foreign spouse is widowed: Death Certificate of the previous spouse

It must be noted that some Philippine Embassies allow applications to be submitted through a courier service.

Go back to the main article: How to Get Married in the Philippines – An Ultimate Guide