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Breaking Up and Moving On: The VERified Files (Part 1)


Who says civil registration is a boring subject? Every single bit of family history, about love, breaking up, moving on is captured on paper. The birth, marriage or death certificate records every happy and painful moment in your life, along with your family’s juiciest secrets, believe it or not.

In this series of blog posts entitled Breaking Up and Moving On: The VERified Files, you will find interesting stories of how these documents issued by the NSO and the Local Civil Registrar are not mere pieces of paper. They tell you a story — the story of your life.

“To Love Again” — The Story of Helen

Helen’s marriage was annulled in 2005.  Since then, she began using her maiden name, switched her relationship status on Facebook to “single”, and started dating. After a series of bad first dates, she met Johnny through a common friend. They hit it right off, became a couple and decided to get married three years after. In September 2009, they applied for a marriage license. It was then that Helen found out that she is still not allowed to remarry. According to the civil registrar, her annulment was not yet “final”. She was advised to have the decision registered, and her previous marriage certificate “cancelled”. She feared all wedding preparations will go to waste, because of this technicality. At that point, she was at a loss. She then consulted VERified, and sought advice.

After her personal consultation with VERified, Helen learned that it is true, the annulment of her previous marriage does not end with the court decision. The law in fact states that the court order needs to be registered with the civil registrar of the place where the court is. After this step, her court documents and proof of the registration will be brought to the civil registrar of the place where the marriage was celebrated. It is only then that the marriage certificate gets cancelled. When Helen and Johnny applied for a marriage license, the cancelled marriage certificate was one of the requirements that they presented to the civil registrar.

Fast forward to 2013, Helen and Johnny are now happily married and with a 3 year old son named Liam. Best wishes to the happy couple!

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Filed under CENOMAR, Marriage Certificate



(Photo retouched, Original Photo courtesy of Reena Jacinto’s WordPress blog)

The Certificate of No Marriage Record (CENOMAR), or otherwise known as the Certificate of Singleness, is that issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) that you do not have a record of marriage under your name.

Legally, the CENOMAR is not a requisite to contract marriage.  However, a number 0f LCR offices have begun to include this in the list of requirements in applying for a marriage license. Some parishes require this document if you would like to get married in their church. It may also be required if your future spouse is applying for a fiancee visa on your behalf. Moreover, Philippine embassies may also list the CENOMAR as a requirement for Filipino nationals to secure a certificate of legal capacity to contract marriage. It is, in essence, a proof issued by a government agency to certify the single status of a person.

When you apply for a CENOMAR with the NSO or any of its authorized agents (Serbilis, Teleserv, etc.), and a record of marriage appears across  your name, a CENOMAR will not issue. Instead, NSO will issue a Certificate that will reflect any marriage record that matches your details.

If your marriage/s had been annulled or nullified, the CENOMAR will not reflect the current status of the marriage.You need to present the NSO copy of the annotated marriage certificate/s together with the Certificate. These documents must be annexed to the CENOMAR, for it to be accepted by the requesting authorities.

What pieces of information  do you need to get a CENOMAR?

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Number or copies needed
  • Purpose for the certification
  • Complete name of the father
  • Complete maiden name of the mother
  • Complete name of the person to be certified
  • Complete name and address of the requesting party

For your other questions on the CENOMAR, you may set up an appointment with our birth certificate specialists for a personal consultation. Please call 7051265 or 7051277 for more details.

Best Regards,

The VERifiers

Your Birth Certificate Specialists


Filed under CENOMAR, Marriage Certificate