Thursday, August 10, 2017

How to Get a Certified Copy of Birth Certificate and CENOMAR from PSA (Formerly NSO)

Ah, wedding. You're high on love and can't stop looking at your engagement ring. You start to create a check-list for the big day. Then a whirlwind of seemingly endless preparations began to swoop in and take over your life. It's official, you caught the wedding planning fever. Don't get so lost in it that you forget to focus on other details. You might be stuck on the the creative decisions. Who wouldn't be? It's the exciting part! Every bride wants to be certain that their wedding day looks wonderful as they have imagined it. But, there are several legal requirements you need to fulfill before getting married in the Philippines.


  • Marriage License (from City Hall if not yet civilly married)
  • Marriage Contract (for civilly married only)
  • Birth Certificate from PSA
  • CENOMAR from PSA (6 months validity)
  • Baptismal Certificate for both parties (notation for marriage purposes)
  • Confirmation Certificate for both parties (notation for marriage purposes)
  • Canonical Interview
  • Permit from the parish of the bride/groom
  • Marriage Banns for three consecutive Sundays (from the parish of the bride/groom)
  • Pre-Cana Seminar
  • 2 pcs. ID Pictures
  • List of Principal Sponsors
  • Wedding fee depends on your chosen church


  • Marriage License (from City Hall)
  • Birth Certificate from PSA
  • CENOMAR from PSA (6 months validity)
  • Family Planning Seminar
  • Cedula for both parties
  • Barangay Clearance for both parties
  • 2 pcs. ID Pictures
  • Processing fee

I will update this page once we've successfully submitted all the documents. I recently received our original copies of Birth Certificates and CENOMAR from Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly NSO). All you need to do is fill out an application form on their website:

Image source: Screenshot from e-Census website

Birth Certificate costs PHP 315.00 per copy and PHP 415.00 for Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR). When asked for the purpose of your request, simply state "Marriage" on the field. After submitting the forms, you will receive an acknowledgement email right away from e-Census with Batch Request Number and several payment procedures. I paid over the counter at the nearest BDO branch. You will be required to fill a payment slip at the bank. Check for more details here.

...and you're done! I asked my fiancé for an authorization letter including his signature and ID since he's out of the country just in case I need to present it. For residents within Metro Manila, delivery will take 3-5 workings days. You can check the status of your request on the main page of the website with your Batch Request Number. It took the office two days to process my request after payment. You will receive another email when your documents have been dispatched with a courier tracking number. I got my parcel on the third day! It's really quick and efficient. My only concern is the unavailability of credit card payment. It would be a big help for Filipino couples abroad who don't want to burden family and friends with chores. A few items down, on to the next! Someone hold me, I can almost hear the wedding bells!


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