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How to Acquire the Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage for American Citizens Marrying in the Philippines

Disclaimer: The following information is provided for general information only and may not be accurate in a particular case. Questions involving interpretations of specific laws, both foreign and local should be addressed to local or foreign attorneys or foreign government official.

U.S. Government does not keep a central statistical registry for births, marriages and deaths and cannot verify this information. Instead, the Philippine Government accepts an "Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage." Americans may execute this affidavit at the American Embassy in Manila or the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu. Personal appearances of the American citizen applicant cannot be waived, but the fiance(e) need not be present. Philippine authorities will not accept any substitute document initiated in the United States.

Applicants may apply for the "Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage" at the Embassy's American Citizen Services Branch everyday from Monday through Friday from 8:00 - 10:00 am.(except Philippine and American holidays). The American must present his/her U.S. passport. There is a fee of $30.00 or its peso equivalent for the affidavit, payable in cash only.

Note: For reference purposes only. For complete details please contact or visit the Embassy of the United States of America  in the Philippines.