For norsk - les her
CERTIFICATE OF LEGAL CAPACITY TO CONTRACT MARRIAGE
Philippine law requires a citizen of a foreign country to obtain a ”Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage” (LCM) prior to marriage. This document is issued by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila, provided an original ”Certificate of no impediment to Marriage” (”Attest til bruk for ekteskapsinngåelse etter utenlandsk rett”, previously called ”Ekteskapsattest”) is presented.
From 1 October 2004 this document is issued by the local Population Registry (Det Sentrale Folkeregister/DSF) in Norway, AND SHOULD BE OBTAINED BEFORE TRAVELLING TO THE PHILIPPINES. The certificate is valid for 4 (four) months.
For further information from folkeregistre/likningskontor and the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family affairs, click the websites on the right-hand side links. In addition the following documents should be presented:
- Copy of the Norwegian groom/bride’s passport
- Copy of the Filipino groom/bride’s passport or his/her birth certificate
Fee: PHP 1600.-
The Embassy will issue the LCM on the same day it is applied for. No booking/appointment is needed.
Marriage Application Process: Once a Norwegian citizen has obtained the ”Certificate of Legal Capacity to contract Marriage” (LCM), both parties must file an application for a marriage license at the office of the Philippine Civil Registrar in the town or city where one of the parties is a resident. The Norwegian citizen must present:
- Certificate of Legal Capacity to contract Marriage
- Divorce decree(s) or death certificate(s), if applicable
- His/her Norwegian passport
- Documentation regarding parental consent or advice, if applicable. (Persons aged 18 to 21 must have written parental consent to marry in the Philippines; those aged 22 to 25 must have received parental advice. Philippine law prohibits marriage for persons under the age of 18).
- Pre-marriage counselling seminar.
Processing time for a marriage license is 10 days. A judge, a minister or other person authorized by the Government of the Philippines can perform the marriage.
After the wedding has taken place, the parties are requested to register their marriage with the Norwegian authorities (Skatteetaten) at their place of residence in Norway. If the Norwegian has registered residence abroad with the local Population Registry (DSF), the certificate should be sent to Skatteetaten, Postboks 9200 Grønland, N-0134 Oslo.
Marriage certificate issued by the Philippine authority has to be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Manila. Authenticated marriage certificate should then be brought to the Embassy or Consulate for authentication of signature of DFA authentication officer. Fee is PHP 1.600.