Report of Marriage of A Filipino Abroad

Report of Marriage of A Filipino Abroad

Please take note that the consular officer may require additional documents upon assessment of the application, depending on the circumstances of the applicant’s birth, marriage or death. Factors such as citizenship, previous civil status and others may affect the status of your application. Please leave your contact details so that the consular officer or consular assistant can reach you immediately. Please email registry.pcgenla@gmail.com for queries regarding your application.

ONLY marriages contracted in the following places can be registered or reported at the Philippine Consulate General, Los Angeles, CA: (1) Southern California; (2)Southern Nevada; (3) Arizona; (4) New Mexico; and (5) Texas.

For marriages outside of its jurisdiction, the Report of Marriage must be filed with the Philippine Embassy or Consulate which exercises jurisdiction over the place of marriage. To know which Embassy or Consulate has jurisdiction, please check here .

Procedure and Requirements:

A. Personal Appearance at the Consulate or Consular Outreach

  1. Personal Appearance of both Husband and Wife is required
  2. Four (4) original duly accomplished Report of Marriage Contracted Abroad form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, signed by both husband and wife in front of the consular officer. Wives should indicate their maiden name as the last name. [ Click Here for the Blank Form Click here for sample of Filled up Form
  3. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the Marriage Certificate or Contract (original will be returned).
  4. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the Birth Certificate of the husband and the wife. [Apply for your Philippine Birth Certificate here].
  5. Four (4) photocopies of a government-issued identification card or passport of both husband and wife
  6. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, when personally applying or postal money order or cashier’s check made payable to the Philippine Consulate General. Personal check and credit cards are not accepted. For consular outreach or those who want their Report of Marriage mailed back, an additional $7.00 shall be charged as mailing fee. 

The Consular Officer reserves the right to request additional documents from the applicants.

Releasing Time:

APPLICATION SUBMITTED DURING CONSULAR OUTREACH – same day release

APPLICATION SUBMITTED PERSONALLY AT THE CONSULATE – 

Processing Time 

(Based on time of payment)

Releasing Time
9:00 am – 12:00 pm 3:00 – 5:00 pm (same working day)
12:01 pm – 3:00 pm 3:00 – 5:00 pm (next working day)

B. By Mail

  1. Covering letter (handwritten or typed), address to the Civil Registry Section, indicating service/transaction requested and telephone number or email address for contact details.
  2. Four (4) original duly accomplished Report of Marriage Contracted Abroad form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, signed by both husband and wife and with the notary public signing AND acknowledging that one or both parties personally appeared before the notary public. Wives should indicate their maiden name as the last name. If submitting by mail, the complete forms must be notarized. [ Click Here for the Blank Form Click here for sample of Filled up Form
  3.  One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the Marriage Certificate or Contract (original will be returned).
  4. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the Birth Certificate of the husband and the wife.
  5. Four (4) photocopies of a government-issued identification card or passport of both husband and wife.
  6. Four (4) photocopies of Philippine birth certificate of Filipino spouse and foreign birth certificate of foreign spouse when applicable.  [Apply for your Philippine Birth Certificate here].
  7. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, when personally applying or postal money order or cashier’s check made payable to the Philippine Consulate General. Personal check and credit cards are not accepted. Please note that for applicants residing in U.S. territories or other countries, applicants should enclose a treasurer’s, manager’s or certified check issued by a local bank that has a corresponding bank in the U.S. (the US National Bank Association is not a correspondent bank), payable to the courier of choice, in U.S. dollars, to cover cost of mailing, and a corresponding self-addressed courier’s address label. Personal checks are not accepted.
  8. USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope (size: legal or 12-1/2″ x 9-1/2″) that is self-addressed and postage prepaid, if Report of Marriage is to be mailed back or mailing fee of $7.00 payable in cash, when personally applying or postal money order or cashier’s check made payable to the Philippine Consulate General We only accept USPS Priority Mail Flat Envelope as return envelopes. Please take note of the mailing or courier tracking number since the Philippine Consulate General cannot assume responsibility for documents which have been mailed through the U.S. Postal Service or courier service.

The Consular Officer reserves the right to request additional documents from the applicants.

Releasing Time:

APPLICATION SUBMITTED THROUGH MAIL OR COURIER – Report of Marriage is mailed  five (5) working days from receipt by the Consulate of the duly accomplished application form and all requirements.

Additional Requirements for both personal appearance and by mail:

1. If the Report of Marriage is filed after 12 months of the date of marriage, a Notarized Affidavit of Delayed Registration of Marriage must be accomplished. [click here for affidavit]

2. For contracting parties of the marriage who were previously married, the following additional documentary requirements must be submitted:

a. If Filipino applicant had a previous Philippine marriage annulled, an original and four (4) photocopies of the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly National Statistics Office/NSO) (PSA) issued Annotated Marriage Certificate (which indicates the details of the annulment) and/or DFA-authenticated Judicial Decree of Annulment with Certificate of Finality. [Apply for your PSA Documents here]

b. If Filipino applicant is divorced and divorce was initiated by foreign spouse, one (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of DFA-authenticated Judicial Recognition of Foreign Divorce issued by a competent Philippine Court with Certificate of Finality.

Divorce is not recognized in the Philippines but when a divorce is validly obtained abroad by an alien spouse from his or her Filipino spouse, the Filipino spouse shall have the capacity to remarry under Philippine law. Divorce, however, must be recognized in the Philippines courts. The foreign divorce decree must be judicially enforced or confirmed in the Philippines by filing the proper civil action at the Regional Trial Court in the Philippines (RTC-Phil).

For more information on Judicial Recognition of Foreign Divorce in the Philippines, please click here.

If the foreigner is divorced, include the divorce decree (1 original and 4 photocopies) with the application.

c. If either groom or bride is widowed, one (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the Death Certificate of deceased spouse (Original supporting documents will be returned).  [Apply for your PSA Documents here]

The Philippine Consulate General will convey the Report of Marriage and annexed documents to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) of the Philippines. It takes at least six (6) months to about one (1) year for the ensuing Philippine Certificate of Marriage to be available for ordering from the PSA in the Philippines.

When you get your Report of Marriage copy from the Consulate, the Filipino citizen can personally appear before the Consulate to: