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HOW TO APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE

IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF SANTA, ILOCOS SUR

 Before saying “I do” with their special someone, there are important things engaged couples need to
do to keep them busy. And wedding day is not all that beers, food, etc. They also need the legal
documents to complete prior to their most awaited day. And one of the most important is the
Marriage License.

• WHAT IS A MARRIAGE LICENSE?

• IN ORDER FOR A COUPLE (MALE & FEMALE of LEGAL AGE, 18 YEARS OLD & ABOVE) TO GET
MARRIED, THEY NEED TO ACQUIRE A MARRIAGE LICENSE FIRST.

 A marriage license is required of couples (male and female, 18 years old and above) who intend to get
married in a church or through civil rites in the Philippines. Whether a marrying party is tying the knot
with a Filipino, or a foreign national, he/she still need to secure a marriage license. It can be secured
at the city or municipal hall where the marrying parties reside.

 This video on How to apply for a marriage license in the Municipality of Santa, Ilocos Sur will guide
every future husband and wife .

 Here are the list of requirements and steps to follow when applying for a marriage license at the
SANTA MUNICIPAL HALL.

To get a marriage license you need the following:

1. Certified true copy of Birth certificate of both applicants from the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA)
(1 original and 2 photocopies) or the Latest original copy of baptismal certificate if the applicant does not
have a record of birth or copies of such documents duly attested by the persons having custody of the
original.

 The applicant can request from the National Statistics Office (NSO) or apply online through e-
Census. NSO Helpline Plus is also available with telephone no. (632) 737 1111 or email them at e-
census.info@mail.census.gov.ph.
 If either of the contracting parties is unable to produce his/her birth or baptismal certificate or a
certified copy of either because of the destruction or loss of the original, or if it is shown by an
affidavit of such party or of any other person that such birth or baptismal certificate has not yet
been received though the same has been required of the person having custody thereof at least
fifteen (15) days prior to the date of application, such party may furnish in lieu thereof his current
residence certificate or an instrument drawn up and sworn to before the civil registrar concerned
or any public official authorized to administer oaths.
 The presentation of the birth or baptismal certificate shall not be required if the parents of the
contracting parties appear personally before the civil registrar concerned and swear of the
correctness of the lawful age of such parties

2. Latest Certificate of No Record of Marriage (CENOMAR) FROM PSA (1 original and 1 photocopy).

 This document will prove that the contracting party haven’t been married before. It is issued by the
National Statistics Office (NSO), with a fee of Php195. Release is after 4 working days.
3. Community tax certificate(CEDULA) of both applicants (1 original and 2 photocopies)

4. At least two valid IDs (GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID & PHILHEALTH ID/MDR) of both applicants (1
original and 1 photocopy)

 One of the applicant should bring an ID which indicates his/her address in Santa – bring the original
copy and one photocopy

5. Two (2) 2x2 Picture (colored or black and white) of each applicant

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

1.
A. Valid ID of parents upon personal appearance (strictly required) and fill up of Parental consent (For 18-
21 years old) or Parental Advice (for 22-25 years old) duly verified and taken oath to in front of the Civil
Registrar (5-20 minutes) which must be signed if identity is affirmed.
B. Accomplished Parental Consent or Parental Advise (for those couples who are required
C. Affidavit of parental consent or advice.

 18 years is the legal age of marriage in the Philippines.


 In case either or both of the contracting parties are between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one,
a consent of their marriage of their father, mother, surviving parent or guardian, or persons having
legal charge of them, in the order mentioned shall be obtained.
 On the other hand, any contracting party between the age of twenty-one and twenty-five shall be
obliged to seek written parental advice indicating that your parents are aware of your intention to
marry. You can either bring your parents during application or just submit a notarized letter of
consent/advice. If unfavorable, the marriage license shall not be issued till after three months
following the completion of the publication of the application thereof.

2. DEATH CERTIFICATE OF DECEASED SPOUSE (IF WIDOWED)

 If widowed, present a certified true copy of the death certificate of deceased spouse, issued by the
Local Civil Registrar or National Statistics Office – 1 original and 2 photocopies

3. ANNULMENT PAPERS (IF ANNULED)

 If previous marriage was annulled, present a copy of the Court Decision with the Absolute Decree of
Finality (1 original and 2 photocopies) and the Certificate of Registration of Marriage Certificate
with Annotation from the Civil Registrar who registered the Annulment papers -1 original and 2
photocopies

4. PHOTOCOPY OF APPLICANT’S VALID PASSPORT (IF FROM ABROAD) showing data and date of
arrival

5. PASSPORT AND CERTIFICATE OF LEGAL CAPACITY TO MARRY (IF FOREIGNER)


 When either or both of the contracting parties are citizens of a foreign country, or former Filipino
citizens but now naturalized citizens of another country it shall be necessary for them before a marriage
license could be obtained, to submit,
A. Photocopy of Applicant’s valid passport (showing data and date of arrival)
B. Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry to be issued by their respective diplomatic or consular
officials or from their embassy in the Philippines. This document, issued by the consular
office/embassy of the foreigner’s country, serves as aproof of his/her civil status and eligibility for
marriage in the Philippines.
5. PASSPORT, CERTIFICATE OF LEGAL CAPACITY TO MARRY AND COPY OF THE FINAL DECREE OF
ABSOLUTE DIVORCE OR THE JUDICIAL RECOGNITION OF THE ABSOLUTE DECREE OF DIVORCE
obtained abroad of his/her previous marriage (If one of the applicants is a Flipino citizen and a divorcee or
foreign national formerly married to a Filipino)

AFTER COMPLETING ALL THE REQUIREMENTS

To apply for the marriage license in the Philippines, both parties must go personally to the local civil registrar of
the city, town or municipality where either the groom or the bride habitually resides.

Note:
• Either one of the applicant must be a resident of the municipality of Santa, Ilocos Sur.

1ST STEP
Proceed to the office of the LCR

2nd STEP
 Submit requirements and Fill-up application Form which shall specify the following:
a. Full name of the contracting party;
b. Date of birth and age;
c. Place of birth;
d. Sex (Male or Female)
e. Citizenship
f. Residence
g. Religion
h. Civil Status
i. If previously married, how, when and where the previous marriage was dissolved or annulled;
j. Degree of relationship of the contracting parties;
k. Full name, residence and citizenship of the father;
l. Full name, residence and citizenship of the mother; and
m. Full name, residence and citizenship of the guardian or person having charge, in case the
contracting party has neither father nor mother and is under the age of twenty-one years.

3rd STEP
 If applicant is 18-25 years old, his/her parents must sign a Parental Consent/Advice
 For applicants between 18 to 21 years old
a. Parental Consent from both parents (provided for under Article 14 of the Family Code of the
Philippines)
- Parent to appear at the Santa Municipal Hall; bring a valid ID (original and photocopy)
- Father, Mother, or Guardian – follow this order when one of the parents is not able to personally appear
at the municipal hall
For applicants between 21 to 25 years old
- Parental Advice - Marriage license shall not be issued until after three months if parental advice is not
obtainedor if parents are not in favor of the marriage. During the 3-month waiting period, the
publication of the application shall be completed. A sworn statement of the contracting parties must
likewise be submitted indicating therein that the parents refuse to give advice.
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4th STEP
Pay the necessary fees at the Office of the Municipal Treasurer (10 minutes)

5th STEP
Proceed to the Municipal Health Center to get schedule for pre-marriage seminar. The person in charge
will inform the client of the schedule of the pre-marriage seminar. (3 minutes)

6th STEP
Attend pre-marriage counseling and Family Planning on scheduled date at the Municipal Health
Center and DSWD Office. Bring O.R. (Please see Orientation –Marriage counselling service)

 These sessions are scheduled for one half day, Monday or Tuesday only from 9:00-12:00 noon within
the premises of the MUNICIPAL HALL. You may inquire at counters ____ and ____ for the details of
the seminars and family planning sessions.
 In case where parental consent or parental advice is needed, the parties concerned shall attach a
certificate issued by proper authorities to the effect that the contracting parties have undergone
marriage counseling. The pre-marriage counseling is usually conducted by the Church or the DSWD
for civil marriages. The family planning and responsible parenthood seminar, on the other hand, is held
at the health department (specifically the Division of Maternal and Child Health) of your municipality/city
hall. Make sure to check the schedules as some are conducted daily while others have a specific
schedule within the week. If you failed to secure the certificates before applying for a marriage license,
you will be asked to attend the required seminars before your wedding date

7th STEP
Get Certificate of Attendance after seminar

8th STEP
Get claim slip with schedule for return

9th STEP
Pre Marriage Counselling (PMC) certificates will be forwarded to LCR Office.

10th STEP
After evaluation of the completeness of the requirements, the MCR approve/subscribe the
application and a notice will be posted at the bulletin board for ten days. A copy of which will be
sent to the Municipality/City where either the applicant resides.

11th STEP
Wait for posting period to transpire (10 days)

12th STEP
Get Marriage License and copies of application from Marriage section
 The marriage license will be released on the 11th day after the 10 day posting period after the
application for marriage license was filed
 Marriage licenses are released by the Santa Municipal Hall everyday but only up to 4:00 p.m.

Just an Important Reminder:


 Once marriage license is issued, it can be used wherever you want to get married in the
Philippines.
 The marriage license is valid within 120 days from the date of issuance and according to law, “shall be
deemed automatically cancelled at the expiration of said period if the contracting parties have not
made use of it.”
 After the wedding rites and all the documents have been duly signed by the couple and their
witnesses, the certificate of marriage must also be submitted to the Local Civil Registry of the Santa
Municipal Hall to have the marriage registered.