Marriage of Canadians in the Philippines

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Closure: Due to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, in-person Notary services will be suspended until further notice. Our mail-in service for selected notary services will continue. Usual mail-in service standard may not apply. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Statement in lieu of certificate of non-impediment to marriage abroad

Any foreign national who wishes to marry in the Philippines is required by the Philippine Government to obtain from his/her Embassy or Consulate in the Philippines, a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage before filing an application for a marriage license. This certification affirms that there are no legal impediments to the proposed marriage.

Unlike the Philippines, the Government of Canada does not keep a central statistical registry of marriages and does not issue certificates of non-impediment. Instead, we can prepare a statement in lieu of certificate of non-impediment to marriage abroad (“in lieu of” means “instead of”.)

It is the responsibility of the couple requesting the document to verify with the Local Civil Registrar’s Office in the city where they intend to submit their marriage license application if they will accept the Statement from our office.

How to apply

  1. Complete the Request for Notary Service form (Internet Explorer only)
  2. Fill out the appropriate sections on the Statutory Declaration form (Internet Explorer only) and have your signature witnessed by a Notary Public
    • Note that the notarized Statutory Declaration form you submit will be bound to the Statement in lieu of certificate of non-impediment to marriage abroad
  3. Enclose supporting documents*, depending on your situation(s):
    • born in Canada: you must submit a certified copy of your birth certificate or passport
    • widowed: you must submit a certified copy of the death certificate of your deceased spouse
    • divorced: you must submit a certified copy of the divorce certificate
    • born abroad: you must submit a certified copy of your Canadian citizenship certificate, permanent resident card, or passport

*All documents presented must be in English or French, or accompanied by an official English or French translation. Note that the Philippine authorities may not accept documents written in French.

  1. Complete a Credit Card Authorization form indicating the relevant Consular Fee for Specialized Service for the issuance of a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non Impediment to Marriage Abroad;
  2. Send your complete request via commercial courier to:

Consular Section
Embassy of Canada
Level 8, Tower 2, RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200

Additional information

  • Although there is no validity period indicated on the Statement in lieu of certificate of non-impediment to marriage abroad, the Local Civil Registrar may not accept a Statement issued more than six (6) months prior to the date of marriage;
  • It should be noted that some Local Civil Registrars may not accept the Statement in lieu of certificate of non-impediment to marriage abroad issued at the Embassy or Consulate. It is your responsibility to check with the relevant Local Civil Registry Office whether they would accept the Statement in lieu of certificate of non-impediment to marriage abroad.
  • Permanent residents of Canada who do not hold Canadian citizenship may need to obtain a certificate or declaration from the Embassy or Consulate of their nationality within the Philippines;
  • Divorce decrees may not be automatically recognized in the Philippines. Canadian citizens who were previously married in the Philippines and are intending to re-marry in the Philippines after obtaining a divorce in Canada (or elsewhere) are advised to seek legal advice or contact the Philippine Statistics Authority to confirm procedures on how the foreign divorce decree can be recognized and enforced in the Philippines to ascertain that their succeeding marriage will be recognized as valid;
  • The Philippine government may require an official English translation of a divorce decree or death certificate; and
  • If both parties to the proposed marriage are Canadian citizens, each one must obtain a Statement
  • The processing time may take up to 10 business days, excluding mailing/delivery times. Make sure to submit your request well in advance of your intended travel dates.
  • Once the Statement in lieu of certificate of non-impediment to marriage abroad is issued, it will be sent directly to your local mailing address via courier-collect (WWWExpress).