Certificate of legal capacity to marry in the Philippines

Are you a Dutch national planning to marry in the Philippines? The Netherlands embassy in Manila can draw up this document for you.

What documents do I need to bring with me?

To apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry, you must provide copies of the following documents:

  • a valid Dutch identity document
  • an extract from the register of births
  • a civil status extract showing that you are not married. The extract may not be more than 12 months old
  • a divorce certificate if you have previously been married

You may need to have the original documents legalised and translated. The rules vary per country.

What documents should my (non-Dutch) partner bring?

When you apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry, your non-Dutch partner must bring copies of the following documents:

  • a passport or another identity document

  • an official document stating his or her address (this document varies from country to country)
  • a declaration of unmarried status.

You may need to have the original documents legalised and translated. The rules vary per country.

Certificate of legal capacity to marry in this country or region

In the Philippines, a few additional requirements apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry:

  • Was your non-Dutch partner married before? Then he/she must hand in a copy of the divorce certificate
  • You need a recent extract from the population or person register of the municipality where you are registered. This extract may not be older than 1 year. Your civil status must be stated in the extract. It is useful to request an 'international extract'

Instead of these two documents you can also submit a 'huwelijksbevoegdheidverklaring'. This statement must be provided by a Dutch municipality.

Have you been living outside the Netherlands for more than six months? Then you must also submit a legalized declaration of unmarried status of the country or countries where you live and/or have lived.

The Netherlands embassy can only accept your documents and their copies if they are legible.
Are your documents not legible? Then you must request a form 1A from the foreign municipality where you live. You must have this form and your document(s) legalized by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. The Netherlands embassy can then accept your document(s).

How long does it take?

If your documents meet the requirements, the certificate of legal capacity to marry can be issued the same day or the next day at the latest.

Procedure for requesting a statement by post

You can send the required documents (original + copy + cash payment + addressed return envelope) by mail to:

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Manila / Dutch Embassy in Manila

26th floor BDO Equitable Tower

8751 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

Metro Manila

It takes about ten working days for the statement to be made and sent to your address. If you have sent original documents, they will be sent back. (Note! Requests that are not complete or without an original document will not be processed, the Dutch Embassy in Philippines cannot be held responsible for documents that do not arrive properly / damaged)

Once we have received original documents, plus the amount to be paid (from: Consular fees), we send the certificate by "LBC or 2GO courier service", the shipping costs will be  approximately PHP 400 / PHP 500 and must be paid upon receipt. (shipping costs depend on the destination). Please attach: telephone and e-mail details and, an self-addressed return envelope, where you wish to receive the certificate.

If you need the documents urgently, you can make an appointment to personally come to the Dutch embassy in Manila. Documents will be processed immediately. (Please note! Applications that are not complete without an original document will not be processed.)

Application procedure for consular certificates in the Philippines

You can make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Payment

You can check the fees and the payment method at the overview of consular fees in the Philippines.

Any questions?

Do you have questions after reading the information on this page? Please send an e-mail via the contact form.