Are you a Filipino citizen who got married abroad? Well, If you are one of the fellow Filipino expat living abroad and got married abroad do you know that you need to report your marriage to civil registrar of the Philippines or also known as PSA (NSO before)? If you don’t know yet, I’m sure you are here searching how to report your marriage to the Philippines and I can say you are in the right place, just keep reading and let’s get started the discussion about how to file a report of marriage.
What Is Report Of Marriage (ROM)
Report of marriage or also known as ROM is a process wherein the marriage solemnized/contracted abroad must be reported to the civil registrar of the Philippines through the Philippines consulate or Philippine embassies that have jurisdiction over the country or state where the Filipino national is residing. This requirement is applicable to all Filipino citizen who gets married abroad. ROM can be done through personal appearance to the Philippine consulate/embassy, through the mail or you can go to the Philippine outreach program. You only have 1 year to file ROM meaning marriage must be reported to the PH consulate within 12 months after the wedding, if you file ROM after your 1 year wedding anniversary you need to submit an affidavit of late register.
What Are The Requirements To Report Of Marriage?
- Accomplish report of marriage form (2 originals and 3 photocopies)
- 1 original/certified true copy of your marriage certificate and 4 photocopies of it
- 4 photocopies of birth certificate
- 4 photocopies of passport bio page (both husband and wife)
- 4 photocopies of proof of Philippine citizenship (green card/visa/naturalization)
- Fee – $25 must be cash if submitting personally if reporting by mail money order payable to the Philippine consulate general
- Pre-paid return envelope
- Cover letter if ROM submitted by mail
If you are widow applicants
- 4 photocopies of the deceased spouse death certificate
If you are annulled applicants
- 4 photocopies of annotated marriage contract or certificate of registration and certified true copy of the court order
If you are applicants with divorce spouse
- 4 photocopies of the divorce decree and if he/she is a former Filipino citizen you need to submit 4 photocopies of naturalization certificate as proof that spouse was a US citizen at the time of divorce.)
If you file ROM after 1 year
- 2 original and 2 photocopies of a notarized affidavit of delayed registration
The consular officer reserves the right to require additional documents, so before you report your marriage either in person or by mail better follow the requirements listed above or visit the Philippine consulate/embassy official website for the exact and more detailed info.
Where to send the Report of Marriage
It depends on what state you are living in the United States. In my case, I am living in the state of Illinois so my jurisdiction is in the Consulate General of the Philippines, Chicago. Here is the list of states that the marriage certificates are accepted by the consulate general of the Philippines, Chicago:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Note: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma will soon is transferred to the Philippine consulate general in HOUSTON, just watch out for the announcement of Philippine Consulate General in Chicago to their website about the transferring of 4 state jurisdictions to the Philippine consulate general in Houston. You can also email them to their Facebook page if you have any question which I did before, just to make sure if they are accepting walk-in applicants. Because it’s not fun to travel so far if we are not so sure if they can accommodate us when we arrive at their office.
Here is the mailing address of Philippine consulate general, Chicago
Philippine Consulate General
122 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1600
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Only marriages contracted in the states listed above can be registered/reported at the Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago, if the states you are living is not in the listed above please check online to know which embassy/consulate has jurisdiction to your state. Click consulate map finder to know which is your consulate jurisdiction.
Do I Need To Have An Appointment To Report My Marriage
No, because you can go to the Philippine Consulate between 9 am to 4 pm without an appointment. You can even apply for the first Philippine passport using a married surname that day after they approved your ROM. And if you decide to go to the consulate personally please be reminded that you need to bring complete requirements including sufficient numbers of photocopies of the documents. Each consular service has a list of requirements so again please visit their official website and do not comply to what other people say, it’s better to visit the official website first and additional is asked some people or friends with experience in ROM. Because if you forget any documents your long travel will just be wasted, they will not accept incomplete requirements. If you do the ROM personally you don’t need to notarize the ROM form but if you do the ROM by mail please don’t forget to notarize the ROM form and if you file the ROM after 12 months please remember that you need to provide affidavit of delayed registration with notarized whether you do the ROM by mail or personally.
When Can I Get A Copy Of Report Of Marriage
It takes at least 6 months to 1 year for the ensuing Philippine Certificate of Marriage to be available for ordering from the PSA in the Philippines. In my case, I get the copy of ROM to PSA in the Philippines during my vacation and that was more than 6 months ago when I report our marriage to the Philippine consulate in Chicago.
However Philippine consulate will send you the original copy of ROM after 1-2 weeks to your address in the United States. You can use original copy of ROM from Philippine consulate/embassy if you wish to renew your passport in married name but I want you to know that you can just use the original copy of ROM for passport in a married surname if ROM is issued less than a year by the Philippine Consulate where the marriage took place. If your ROM is more than 1 year you need to bring original and photocopy of PSA report of marriage, PSA has a new website now where you can request marriage certificate they called it PSA SERBILIS, but to be honest I’ve never tried to request any documents like birth certificate through online. I did get PSA birth certificate and marriage certificate with extra copies to PSA office in the Philippines to bring here in the US yes it’s better to have extra copies. If you have tried to request a birth certificate or marriage certificate through PSA online website before please comment your experience below so that our kababayan can get an idea how to order/request it online.
According to the website of consulate general of the Philippines in Chicago, only applicants will be permitted to enter the consular section except the following applicants who can accompanied by 1 person like those with obvious physical disability, those unable to read or write, applicants over the age of 65, applicants under the age of 18. They do it because of space limitations but I think it just depends on the day or time when bunch of applicants arrived at the same time, because to our 2 times went to Philippine consulate in Chicago it’s always not full and not really busy so the process is so fast and the staff are always nice and accommodate everybody.
But just in case you arrived there in a very busy day and can’t let your company go inside they said they can go to the famous tourist attraction in Chicago that does not require any fee while waiting for you to finish the transaction with the consulate general. But whether the consulate is busy or not you can go to the tourist attraction after your transaction to the consulate, it’s just across the street of the Philippine consulate building, if you have kids they gonna like the Cloud gate Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain and many more. And I know you will also love to go to Jollibee and seafood city but it’s far to the Philippine embassy, we just go there to buy many Pinoy stuff and because we are craving to Jollibee. We are 3 hours away to Chicago so if we go there we wanted to make our trip worth it.
I hope you get an idea of how to report marriage to consulate/embassy here in the US, in my next post I’m going to discuss how to renew Philippine passport in a married surname. Some people don’t report their marriage because they choose to remain single to their passport. But make sure you will always bring your certified true copy of marriage certificate if you want to travel to the Philippines. The immigration will check your marriage certificate just to make sure you are married to a US citizen.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below.
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