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How to Get a Marriage License in the Philippines: Requirements, Documents, and Laws [2023]

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Looking to get married in the Philippines? Getting a marriage license in the Philippines is the first step, but the process for foreigners is a bit confusing. This guide helps expats with the licensing process, including requirements, documents, costs, and laws.


   
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(@Aaron)
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Americans marrying in the Philippines can use a local notary public for Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage affidavits. Do you mean local as in the city or town where you are there in the Philippines? Or local as in a notary public here where we live in the United States?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Aaron, local as in the municipality (city, town, etc.) in the Philippines that you are getting married in.


   
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(@Stephen)
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Does a foreigner (Australian) need to do a marriage seminar to marry in the Philippines?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Stephen, yes, it is a requirement for all couples.


   
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(@Arnold J. Deschaine)
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Hello. Me and my Filipina fiancée live in China. We plan to marry in the Philippines. We will come to do paperwork a few months before the wedding. When we come and apply for the license, do we need to stay for the 10 waiting period? Or can it be mailed to us or can we return and pick it up at a later date.


   
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Hi Arnold, You don't need to stay for the waiting, but I don't know if they can mail it, especially international. Nor would I trust the post office not to lose it. I would just pick it up at a later date. Remember, the license is valid anywhere in the Philippines, but only for 120 days.


   
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 Jay
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Hello. I was wondering, what if the father of the man or woman is unknown on the birth certificate? Should the person just right "unknown" on the marriage license application?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Jay, each City Civil Registration Office has flexibility to make their own requirements. Unknown "should" work, if the birth certificate matches. Personally, I would confirm with the Registration office to avoid any surprises.


   
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