What Are the Requirements Needed for a German-Filipino Marriage License

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I’m a Filipina and my boyfriend is German. We’ve just decided to be married here in Thailand but we don’t have any idea how to do things – requirements needed and things that we have to prepare. If you could be kind enough to help us regarding this matter, it would be such a huge relief and would be much appreciated. I’ve tried reading a lot of forums and sites but was never contented with what I’ve read. Do you think to be married here in Thailand is a good idea? Is it better to be married in the Philippines or in Germany? But then I know there are still a lot of things to consider. We would really want to be married here in Thailand so I don’t have to go back to the Philippines given that my boyfriend really wants to leave Thailand soon and live in Germany for good. That’s why we want to be married asap..
Thank you in advance for your help. ~King

Hi King! I was working in Bangkok, Thailand, when I and my then German citizen boyfriend got engaged and I had to continue working there for another half a year even after the wedding while we processed for my visa to Germany. We chose to be married in the Philippines not because it was easier but because our family and relatives are there. Let me answer your questions one at a time.

What are the requirements for German-Filipino Marriage License?

Marriage License requirements for Filipino fiancee/fiance who was never married before:

1. Birth Certificate (issued by the NSO with Red Ribbon from the DFA)
2. CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage, issued by the NSO with Red Ribbon from the DFA)
3. CEDULA with Signature
4. Barangay Certificate
5. Pre Marriage Counselling Certificate of Attendance, issued by the HRD Office (both Filipino and German)
6. For ages 18-24, appearance of both parents, with valid ID for parental consent or advice
7. At least one of the applicants is a resident of a particular city/town in the Philippines where you choose to apply for the marriage license.

You don´t need #8 and #9 for the marriage license application but your German fiance needs them for the application of his Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage.

8. Joint Affidavit of Civil Status with Red Ribbon from the DFA
– It´s an affidavit of your parents (if deceased, of close relatives), stating your present civil status which needs authentication by a public notary and has to be in turn authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. For any information contact directly the Department of Foreign Affairs. (Please refer to my Note #5 below)

9. Joint Affidavit of Parental Advice with Red Ribbon from the DFA
Here´s an example of affidavit of parental advice.

Notes:

1. Both Birth Certificate and CENOMAR from NSO should be authenticated (red ribboned) by the DFA. Your fiance would need these papers authenticated for his application of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage which I will explain below. You can also recycle your authenticated birth certificate for your “Family Reunion” visa application later on.

2. Because I was in Bangkok working and couldn´t go to the Philippines to process the papers by myself, I hired a travel agency to process for my birth certificate, CENOMAR, and affidavits at NSO and DFA. My family resides in Palawan and it was my mom who filed for the CEDULA and barangay certificate on my behalf.

Things got a little stressful when the DFA refused to authenticate my birth certificate that the NSO released because it was blurred. We were required to produce a new BC from my birth place which is in Bayawan city, Negros Orriental. I had to contact my grandma to do it for me. My grandma then sent the new original copy of my BC to the travel agency in Manila. The original BC and the NSO copy were authenticated together.

My mom also sent the CEDULA and the barangay certificate to the travel agency in Manila and after all the papers needed to be authenticated were done, the contact person from the travel agency sent me all the papers via Fedex.

3. Concentrate first on processing the first four documents in my list above as well as the affidavits #8 and #9. The Pre-Marriage counselling can come later days before the marriage. In our case, because I and my fiance were both adults, we had to do the seminar for only half a day and we quickly got the certificate.

4. If you decide to have the wedding in Thailand, refer to the Philippines Embassy in Bangkok regarding the marriage license application. There might be extra things you need to provide.

5. The joint affidavit certificate that my parents did in Palawan which was notarized by a local notary republic from Palawan was rejected by the DFA. The DFA wanted the affidavit to be authenticated by a regional trial court and not by a local notary republic (Why? I actually don´t really get it). The travel agency which I hired in Manila had to rewrite the affidavit, forge my parents signatures, and had it authenticated by the Regional Trial Court).

Marriage License requirements for Filipino fiance/fiancee who´s a Widower/Widow:
1. Death Certificate, issued by the Local Civil Registrar’s Office
– NSO of deceased husband/wife
– 1 Original Copy and 2 Photocopies
2. CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage, issued by the NSO)
– 1 Original Copy and 1 Photocopy
3. Certificate of Attendance, issued by the HRD Office
– 1 Original Copy and 1 Photocopy
4. CEDULA with signature
– 1 Original Copy and 2 Photocopies

Marriage License requirements for Filipino fiance/fiancee with Annulled Marriage:
1. Certificate of Finality of Annulment, issued by the court
– 1 Original Copy and 2 Photocopies
2. Certificate of Registration, from Local Civil Registrar’s Office
– 1 Original Copy and 1 Photocopy
3. CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage, issued by the NSO)
– 1 Original Copy and 1 Photocopy
4. CEDULA with signature
– 1 Original Copy and 2 Photocopies

Marriage License requirements for a Foreigner Applicant (German fiance/fiancee):
1. Passport ID
– 2 Photocopies
2. Date of Arrival (Latest), from the passport (needed if you´re marrying in the Philippines)
– 2 Photocopies
3. Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage
– 1 Original Copy and 3 Photocopies
4. For Divorced applicant
– 1 Original Copy and 2 Photocopies
5. For widow/widower – Death Certificate of deceased
– 1 Original Copy and 2 Photocopies

What is the “Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage” and how to apply for it?

The Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage (“Ehefähigkeitszeugnis”) is a paper issued by Germany´s diplomatic official in the Philippines. This is called the “Ehefaehigkeitszeugnis” in German and is available from the Local Civil Registry Office or “Standesamt”. The German fiancee/fiance SHOULD have this document ready before his flight to the Philippines or in your case, before you marry in Thailand.

Let me explain how your German fiance can get the Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage certificate.

The German fiance/fiancee can´t start applying for a Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage unless you, the Filipino fiance/fiancee, is done processing your document requirements.

Your German Fiance needs to go to the Local Civil Registry Office in Germany and tell them that he wants to marry a Filipino. He needs to produce the following:

1. German Passport
2. (Internatonal) Birth Certificate
3. Documents from the Filipino Fiancee which include:
a. NSO Birth Certificate with Red Ribbon from the DFA
b. CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage) issued by the NSO with Red Ribbon from the DFA
c. Joint Affidavit of Civil Status with Red Ribbon from the DFA
d. Joint Affidavit of Parental Advice with Red Ribbon from the DFA
e. Barangay Certificate
f. Clear Copy of Passport ID with a Certification from the DFA that this is a Certified True Copy. (In my case I had my passport copy authenticated at the Pilippine Embassy in Bangkok)

Once the requirements are complete, the Local Civil Registry Office in Germany will send all the documents to the German Embassy in the Philippines. The German Embassy in the Philippines will double-check all the documents and if they find no error, they will issue the Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage certificate and send it back to the Local Civil Registry Office in Germany along with all the documents forwarded to them.

Once the Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage certificate arrives in Germany, it will then be given to the German fiance who should keep it and bring it with him (along with all the documents of his Filipino fiancee) to Philippines.

In your case King, even if you decide to marry in the Thailand, the process would be the same. But instead of applying for the marriage license in the Philippines, you probably have to do it in the Philippines consular office there in Bangkok.

Remember, the appearance of both applicants is necessary in applying for Marriage license.

But since your German fiance is also there in Thailand, he should inquire in the German embassy there in Bangkok as to how he can apply for the Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage. Maybe he can send one of his parents to do it for him in their local registry in Germany.

Is getting married there in Thailand a good idea?

The answer is actually relative to what is more important to you. I would personally find it easier to marry there in Thailand because it´s quicker and less of a hassle. If you marry in the Philippines like we did, applying for the marriage license there and arranging for the marriage in a very limited time, only two weeks in our case, is too much stress. But what about your parents and family? Is it not important to you that they too can witness your wedding?

If you marry in Thailand and you want to immediately join your husband in Germany, you probably have to personally submit your marriage certificate to the NSO in the Philippines. Otherwise, the marriage certificates are submitted by batch, it may take a while before your marriage certificate is forwarded from Bangkok to the Philippines and registered in NSO if you will just wait.

I think this suffice for now. I would write next about how to apply for the Reunion Visa so you can be with your spouse in Germany.

I hope this helps. God Bless and good luck to your wedding.

Further references: Pinoy in Germany
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