Solemnization of Marriage
Consular Officers are authorized to solemnize marriages between two Filipinos of the states under the jurisdiction of the Embassy/Consulate General. Please check the Consulate Finder for the states covered by the Embassy/Consulates General in the U.S. In view of the infrequency of need for this service, applicants for solemnization of marriage are advised to just call the Embassy/Consulate General concerned for the requirements.
Report of Marriage:
Application by Mail
The marriage of a Filipino should be reported to and registered with the Philippine Statistics Authority through the Embassy/Consulate General having jurisdiction over the locality where the event took place. Please check the Consulate Finder for the states /territories covered by the Embassy/Consulates General in the U.S.
Four (4) original copies of the duly accomplished Report of Marriage Contracted Abroad form, typed or printed legibly in black ink, and signed by both husband and wife. Wives should indicate their maiden name as her last name in the form. Forms must be completely filled out in black ink, signed, and notarized.
Covering letter (handwritten or typed), addressed to the Consular Section, indicating the specific service/ transaction requested. It is important to provide a telephone number and/or email address in case consular staff needs to contact the applicant.
Civil Registration Unit
1600 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC, 20036
Original or certified true copy of the Marriage Certificate and four (4) photocopies.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If the Marriage Certificate does not specify the civil status of the parties or the number of previous marriages at the time of marriage, applicant must also submit the original or certified true copy of a Marriage Record or any other Government-issued document specifying the civil status of the parties or the number of previous marriages, and three (3) photocopies.
Notarized copy of both spouses’ passport data page, and three (3) photocopies.
Original or notarized copy of proof that the spouse(s) was/were Filipino(s) at the time of marriage (examples: green card, US visa, US naturalization certificate, notice of action, work permit, dual IC) and three (3) photocopies. If the spouse/s is/are former Filipino/s, please also submit a notarized copy of the foreign naturalization certificate and three (3) photocopies.
Notarized affidavit explaining the reasons for delayed registration if ROM is filed more than a year after marriage and three (3) photocopies.
Self-Addressed USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate/Priority Express Return Envelope (with Stamp and Tracking Number)
Processing fee $25.00
Payable in cash or money order made payable to “Embassy of the Philippines” (Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.)
For applicants residing in U.S. territories or other countries within the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy, applicants should enclose a treasurer’s, manager’s or certified check issued by a local bank that has a corresponding bank in the U.S, payable to the courier of choice, in U.S. dollars, to cover cost of mailing, and a corresponding self-addressed courier’s address label. Personal checks are not accepted.
The Consular Officer reserves the right to require additional documents from an applicant, to prove his/ her identity and/or citizenship, and ensure accurate and complete personal data entries, pursuant to the Philippine Passport Law (R.A. 8239) and the Foreign Service Act (R.A. 7157).
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it mandatory for the wife to adopt her husband’s surname after the Report of Marriage is completed?
It is not mandatory for the wife to adopt the husband’s surname following reporting of marriage. Under PH laws, the wife has three (3) options:
Option 1: Retain complete maiden name.
Option 2: Adopt husband’s surname as surname. Maiden surname becomes the middle name.
Option 3: Affix husband’s surname to maiden surname by hyphenating (MAIDEN SURNAME-HUSBAND’S SURNAME). Middle name remains as is.
It should be noted that once the maiden surname is changed, the wife cannot simply revert back to her maiden name, unless supported by documentation evidencing death of husband (death certificate) or dissolution of marriage under PH laws (PSA-annotated marriage certificate / Report of Marriage).
In case of loss of personal copy, how can I obtain another copy of my approved Report of Marriage (ROM)?
All approved ROMs are forwarded to Manila and become part of the permanent record of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). After approximately six (6) months from the time of approval of the ROM, registrants may request for an authenticated copy from the PSA online at www.psahelpline.ph or www.psaserbilis.com.ph or by visiting the various PSA Serbilis Centers.
For ROMs filed with the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC from April 2016 onwards, registrants may also apply for a certified true copy of the approved ROM with the Embassy for a fee of USD25.