Mar 1, 2017

How To Apply For A Marriage License In Parañaque City

The marriage license is a document which authorizes a couple to get married. Note that this should be one of the last documents you prepare, because it is valid only for 120 days. In other words, you should get your marriage license within the 120-day period before your actual wedding date.

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Since both JM and I are Parañaque residents, we need to apply for our marriage license in Parañaque City Hall. 

Before going there, make sure that your requirements are all complete for a hassle-free transaction. Different municipalities may require different requirements so, make sure to check with your Local Civil Registry (LCR) office.

For Parañaque residents, here are the requirements if both groom and bride are 25 years old and above:
  • Original and Photocopy of NSO-certified birth certificates 
  • Original and Photocopy of CENOMAR (certificate of no marriage)
  • Original Barangay Clearance
  • Personal Appearance
  • At least one of the applicants must be a resident of Parañaque
  • Attend a family planning seminar (we provided a photocopy of our pre-cana seminar with family planning certificate, instead of attending the seminar at the city hall)
My mom was able to secure my NSO-certified birth certificate and CENOMAR through SM Business Center. My husband opted to request it via the e-Census website and have it delivered to our home; this is more convenient, and multiple documents can be requested in a single batch transaction, but more expensive as well.

Three months before our wedding, I scheduled a flight home so that we can apply for our marriage license already. 

Upon reaching Parañaque City Hall, we were directed to go to the LCR Office. The staff checked our documents and gave us an application form to be filled up in three copies. The form has two columns to fill out, one for the groom and another for the bride. 

Upon completing the form, we were requested to have it notarized. There are notary public offices outside the city hall just across the street, so no need to go farther. We paid PhP50 for our application form to be notarized.

Then we went back to the LCR office to submit our notarized application form. She checked again our documents and instructed us to pay PhP200 at the cashier. Then we went back to the LCR office to show our receipt. She indicated in the receipt that our marriage license will be ready for pickup after ten working days.

If I remember correctly, it took us 30 to 45 minutes to complete the marriage license application. 

Kudos to a hassle-free transaction with Parañaque City Hall.

8 comments:

  1. I remember that day we got our marriage license, parang madali din lang, pero not sure if we got CENOMAR pa. Parang hindi siya required noon. We did not attend the family planning seminar, instead we gave a certificate from our church.

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    1. Medyo hassle yung family planning seminar sa city hall kasi hindi naman sya araw araw so kailangan mo pa bumalik. Buti na lang tinanggap din yung pre-cana seminar certificate namin para di na kami magseminar ulit.

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  2. Same with Chin, we did not submit CENOMAR before. I applied 13 months before our scheduled wedding date because that is the only time my mom can sign my application. I planned to renew it na lang pero nagamit ko din siya because I got married before the expiration. :)

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  3. Need pa ba mag seminar kahit 27 y/o na?

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    1. Part sya ng requirement eh kaya kailangan. May mga nabasa din ako na hindi na pinagseseminar ang above 25y/o pero sa case namin nagprovide padin kami ng proof na nakapag family planning seminar na kami.

      Pwede mo din itanong sa LCR Office :)

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  4. hi! aside from the seminar from the city hall? where else can we get the required seminar! thank you :)

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    1. Hi Xsta, we had our family planning seminar during our pre-cana in St James the Great Alabang. Good thing that the city hall acknowledge this. Better to ask your Church if they will be giving a family planning seminar too ;)

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