Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Reporting your Marriage with the Embassy

The Family Code of the Philippines (Sec. 664) provides that “records of marriages whether performed by the Philippine Consular Officer or by the local religious or civil authorities shall be kept and transmitted to the Philippine Civil Registrar through the Department of Foreign Affairs”.

Filipinos who married in Singapore should file a report their marriage at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore if they want their marriage acknowledged by the Philippines. The Report of Marriage should be done within 12 months of the date of marriage.

The documentary requirements for filing the Report of Marriage are the following:

  • Four (4) accomplished Report of Marriage forms (click here to download the form)
  • Four (4) photocopies of the Marriage Certificate (original needs to be sighted by
    the consular officer)
  • Four (4) photocopies of the data page of the Groom’s passport
  • Four (4) photocopies of the data page of the Bride’s passport
  • Payment of the Report of Marriage fee (SGD 42.50 cash)

The  Report of Marriage form is available on the Embassy website. It is preferred that you encode the requested information in this PDF form and bring the duly-accomplished printed copy to the Embassy. If the forms will be accomplished by hand, the information should be written in legible block letters using black ink only. The Groom and Bride must both affix their signature on each Report of Marriage form.

If the Report of Marriage is filed after 12 months of the date of marriage, an Affidavit of Late Registration must be accomplished. A late registration fee of SGD 42.50 to be paid in cash, will apply.

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

  • If either the groom or bride is a Filipino who had a previous Philippine marriage annulled, four (4) copies of the PSA-issued Annotated Marriage Certificate (which indicates the details of the annulment). Proof of the authenticity of the amended marriage certificate must be shown, either the (a) Official Receipt issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) for the amended marriage certificate or (b) Certificate of Authentication issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. Originals must be shown to a consular officer.
  • If either groom or bride is non-Filipino divorcé, four (4) copies of the final decree of divorce. The original must be shown to a consular officer.
  • If either groom or bride is a widowed, four (4) copies of the DFA – authenticated PSA-issued death certificate of the deceased spouse and their PSA-issued marriage certificate. The original must be shown to the consular officer.

The Embassy will convey the Report of Marriage and annexed documents to the PSA of the Philippines. It takes about six (6) months for the ensuing Philippine Certificate of Marriage to be available for ordering from the PSA in the Philippines.

The Report of Marriage applicants will be provided the reference pouch list numbers for follow-up queries with the PSA.

Queries about the Report of Marriage may be sent to the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Philippines at email address civilregistry.sgpe@gmail.com.