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How to Get Married: Legal Requirements

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NOTE: Please be informed that this blog is based on Cagayan de Oro City requirements. The process for other places may vary and is beyond my jurisdiction. @_@

For a marriage to be called valid or legally binding; it must be registered/recorded at the government branch called Civil Registrar. It is basically the logbook of our government. The legality of a marriage has many purposes such as civil, financial,  health benefits, and many more.

Below are the steps to get your “Marriage License”.


Find someone who is willing to marry you. This someone must not be currently within a marriage or ‘free to marry’. Note that there is no divorce in the Phils. Even if that person has been living separately from his/her spouse for longer than 10 years he/she is still considered married by law unless his/her wife/husband is already dead. This person must also be of legal age (18 years old and above). If either of you are within 18-21 years old; you are required to present an “Affidavit of Parental Consent”. Other additional requirements will be necessary for non Filipino nationals.


Go to the City Hall’s “Civil Registrar’s Office” located at the 2nd level of the ‘new building’. You will see flow chart for marriage license application on the window. Go inside the office and find the the table for “marriage registration”. Ask for the application for marriage form. (you will be required to present both your cedula) Fill up the form accordingly.


Return the form to the person in-charge and present your cedula. The person in charge will then give you a list of requirements to comply enable to claim your marriage license 2-3 weeks after application.


2 Photo Copies each of your NSO Birth Certificate

2 Photo Copies each of your CENOMAR (bring original copy)

Certificate of attendance to Family Planning Seminar to be attended at the City Health Office.

Note: You can get your NSO Birth Certificate and CENOMAR (within 1 day) at the NSO office at Pride Rock, Gusa. You can also opt for a more convenient way by getting it at SM CDO. You can go to the ‘SM Business Service Center’ booth at the 2nd level of the mall. Fill out the form and you will be able to claim the documents after 7-14 working days. There is only a 20 peso difference between the payment at NSO office and SM.

(white form for B.C. and green for CENOMAR)

SM CDO business sevicce center


Family Planning Seminar are held every Wednesday at the City Health Office located near Xavier University campus or Hall of Justice. It is a whole-day seminar so it would be best to bring snacks or water. It is a must that both of the couple will attend the seminar. You will be sent home if you come without your partner. This is a free seminar; all you need to do is register your names. The certificate will be given at the end of the seminar.


Once you have complied all your requirements you may now claim your Marriage License. Payment will be made to claim the license for documentation purposes. Remember that this license is valid for 6 months only. You can now opt for a “Civil Wedding”. For “Church Wedding” another set of requirements will be necessary.

Best Wishes! ^_^

How to Get Married: Step 1


  1. Can i get an application form for marriage license without my husband to be? Can I get it by myself? My husband to be is working abroad, and he will stay here for only 2 weeks.

    1. hello! i think you can apply without your fiancé for as long as you can have him sign documents... as far as i can recall, he only needs to be physically present during the City Health seminar

      congratulations! have a nice day! ^_^

  2. or can i apply marriage license without my husband to be?

  3. Hi, can we skip the civil wedding (since we will be doing it in SG) and go straight to a church wedding in CDO? I really need your help to know the requirements for this... Thanks.

    1. you need to comply the legal requirements for a church wedding because the church will ask for a marriage license form ^_^

  4. Hi, can we skip the civil wedding (since we will be doing it in SG) and go straight to a church wedding in CDO? I really need your help to know the requirements for this... Thanks.

  5. Hi,after completely submitted all the requirements, how long does the marriage license will be released? Thank you in advance.

  6. Hi,after completely submitted all the requirements, how long does the marriage license will be released? Thank you in advance.


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