Reporting your Marriage to the Philippine Consulate
Okay, I’m sure a lot of people are unaware of this step. To be honest, I don’t even want to do it. It just seems like extra hassle but in reality, doing this can and will save you from trouble later on. If you ever plan to retain dual citizenship or change your Philippine passport to your married name then this step is needed, and reporting it within 30 days of marriage is one of the suggested requirements. Don’t fret if 30 days has gone by and you didn’t do it though, because there are ways to remedy it.
First of all, check your country and state.. In my case, the Philippine Consulate that I am closest to is the NY one.. This is the website of the Consulate General of the Philippines-New York where I got all my info from.
Here are the requirements to report marriage:
1. 4 original Report of Marriage forms signed by husband and wife. (If you are applying by mail like me, then each copy must be notarized. If you are personally going to bring it to the consulate, then you don’t need to notarize it, unless only one party is present-then the signature of the absent spouse must be notarized. Hope that makes sense.)
2. Four identical passport-size colored photographs for each of the spouses in white or royal blue background taken within the last six months.
3. One original and four photocopies of the Marriage Certificate or Record showing the number of marriages contracted by the parties and issued by the Office of the Vital Records or any other appropriate office of the State where the marriage took place. If the number of contracted marriages do not show, one certified copy and two regular copies of the marriage license showing the number of marriage must be additionally submitted. (Copied this directly from the website-I am just giving a copy of my marriage certificate.. they took my marriage license in VT when we got the certificate so I don’t have it anymore, it’s kind of combined to my certificate)
*edit* Since my marriage license and certificate does not indicate number of marriages contracted, I was informed that I needed (4) notarized copies of a sworn statement that Tim and I have never been previously married, divorced,married or annulled.
4. One original/certified true copy and four photocopies of currently valid passport or State-issued driver license of the contracting parties. (Not sure what a certified true copy of a passport means… maybe it should be notarized?)
5. Payment of non-refundable processing fee of US$25.00 (if applying by mail, only money order, certified or cashier’s check payable to the Philippine Consulate General New York; personal check is not accepted)
The rest of the requirements don’t apply to me, but it may apply to you so keep reading…
– If the former spouse is deceased, one (1) original/certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the death certificate and the marriage certificate with the deceased spouse
-If divorced by foreign spouse, one (1) original/certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the divorce decree or final order of divorce. In cases of marriages annulled in the Philippines, submit the prior marriage contract issued by the National Statistics Office with the Civil Registrar’s annotation on the dissolution/annulment of the marriage
-If application for report is filed more than 30 days after the date of marriage, an original and four (4) photocopies of the Notarized Affidavit of Explanation for delayed registration by the applicants
Where to send?
By mail or courier service. The application must still be duly signed by both spouses and also notarized. A self-addressed prepaid Express Mail envelope of the United States Postal Service must be included. Do not use metered stamps or P.O. Box return address.
Of course, you can also personally hand it in at the consulate, but its like a 3-hour drive for us, so I’d rather not do that.
We plan to do this next week so I’ll let you know how it goes… :)
PS. Please check the website as well if you have further questions.. A lot of people have asked me about the 30-day limit, and I am only repeating what is stated on the website. :) You can get stuff notarized for free at your bank or city hall. :)
I wrote this post 3 years ago. Things may have changed since, plus I am NOT AN EXPERT on this topic. I am just sharing what I did, and at that time it went okay, and it took about 3 weeks or so. I cannot answer complicated questions, nor do I represent the PCGNY, so please ask them directly if you have questions that pertain to things like divorce, etc. I am not knowledgeable on those topics. Thank you :)