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SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGE AND ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF LEGAL CAPACITY TO CONTRACT MARRIAGE (CLCCM)

Article 10 of the Family Code of the Philippines states that “marriages between Filipino citizens abroad may be solemnized by a consul-general, consul or vice-consul of the Republic of the Philippines. The issuance of the marriage license and the duties of the local civil registrar and of the solemnizing officer with regard to the celebration of marriage shall be performed by said consular official.”

The requirements for solemnization of marriage are the following:

1. Both parties are required to appear in person before the consular officer at the Embassy to apply for CLCCM;

  • If one/ both of the contracting parties is/ are between 18 to 21 years old, an “Affidavit of Consent” executed by the parents of the contracting parties should be presented to the consular officer.
  • If one/ both of the contracting parties is/ are between 21-25 years old, a written proof of Parental Advice should be presented to the consular officer.

2. Certificate of No Record of Previous Marriage (CENOMAR) of both parties issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) and duly authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The CENOMAR should have a validity of six (6) months upon presentation to the Consular Unit;

3. “Certificate of Live Birth” of both parties issued by the NSO and duly authenticated by DFA;

4. Photocopy of the data-page of both parties’ Philippine passports. Kindly note that the Embassy does not offer photocopying service; and

5. Payment of the following fees:

  •    Application for Marriage License Fee 
  •    CLCCM fee
  •    Solemnization of Marriage of fee and
  •    Report of Marriage fee

A ten (10) calendar day marriage banns will be imposed during which the names of the contracting parties will be posted at the Consular Office. The CLCCM will be issued after the 10-day marriage banns. The CLCMM is valid for one (1) month.

After complying with the above requirements, the Contracting Parties shall make an appointment with the Consular Unit on the date of solemnization of marriage. The Contracting Parties and two (2) witnesses above eighteen (18) years of age are requested to be present at the Embassy an hour before the appointed time in formal attire.

The same set of requirements apply to Filipino applicants intending to get married to foreigners.