How to get an Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Marry without going to Manila?

I have been working crazy hours lately and I did not have time to write anything here anymore. What’s there to talk about?

Let me write something that would help Foreigners who would want to marry in the Philippines. I have visited the Local Civil Registry in our town because I was inquiring for my Sister’s Marriage License Requirements for Civil Wedding and I took the opportunity to ask about a Foreigner’s requirement for Marriage License.

Here are the things a US citizen applicant will need to present in the Local Registrar Office:

The Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry

Divorce decree(s) or death certificate(s) required to verify civil status and capacity to marry

U.S. passport

Documentation regarding paternal consent or advice, if applicable. (For Marriage applicants aged 18-21)

Couple will need to undergo series of seminars and interviews

Pre-Marriage Seminar

Family Planning Seminar

(For church wedding it may require more seminars and interviews.)

How can a foreigner obtain an Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry?

Applicants shall apply for the “Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage” at the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Branch (US Embassy in Manila) by appointment only. There is a fee of $50.00 or its peso equivalent for the affidavit, payable in cash only.

For those who do not want to experience the hustle and the bustle of Manila (like me), there is a U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu that you can visit to get this Affidavit.

I hope this is helpful.

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