Marriage Records In The Philippines

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Philippines Private Investigators have seen sharp increases in requests for marital status checks from foreign customers and overseas Pinoys with the investigations often focusing on girlfriends and fiancees. With the high degree of fraud in the Philippines, verifying someones current marital status and history is an important security decision. Proceeding with a marriage to a Filipina without one can be very costly.

In the Philippines as in most countries, the civil registrars manage records of births, marriages, and deaths. When a couple marries, the marriage is recorded in four documents:

Marriage contract
Marriage license
Application for a marriage license
Marriage certificate

Only the marriage contract is forwarded to the National Census and Statistics Office, also known as the NSO. The other three remain in the office of the local civil registrar, although the couple may be given a copy of their marriage certificate. The marriage contract gives the following information for both parties:

Premarital status (single, widowed, annulled, and so forth)
Parents names and nationalities
Place of marriage
Date of marriage
Witnesses names
Name of the official who married the couple

To get a copy of a marriage certificate or certificate of no marriage (CENOMAR), you can to go to the National Statistics Office, NSO. They support processing requests for locals and foreigners and can take anywhere from 3 days to 8 weeks depending on the type of request and whether you are getting it yourself or having it delivered. Note, only the document owner, the requesting party or their representative is allowed to receive marriage certificate. A valid ID must be presented when receiving the certificate.

When considering hiring a Philippines detective to do the work for you, it is a good idea to check their location first. Many are based in the United States or Europe, not in the Philippines or even Southeast Asia, so the first step is to make sure it's possible to speak with someone that is actually in the Philippines!

While these foreign private investigators may provide excellent service in their home countries, there is a major disadvantage to doing "long-distance" or "internet" investigations in the Philippines. These companies must normally subcontract their services, furthermore without local agents or staff, it is difficult to control the quality and timeliness of their work. In addition, Philippines culture, customs, and laws are very different from other countries, and of course the service costs outside the Philippines are also much higher.

Don't be misled by big companies, fancy names, bogus claims and trademarks, or flashy websites, make sure you can speak to someone that is actually located in the Philippines and can give you customer references and samples of their work before you start. Philippines Private Investigators recommend the following:

1.Only deal with companies that are actually located in the Philippines. Don't hire someone whose office is in the US, you'll only be paying extra for a middleman that cannot control the quality of their subcontractor's work.
2.Be especially wary of any companies from Florida. According to Consumer Fraud Reporting (, Florida has one of the highest fraud rates in the US!
3.Make sure they can communicate properly in English, Filipino and other native dialects such as Tagalog.
4.Check if they can provide redacted samples of their work.
5.Don't deal with companies that only accept bank transfers or Western Union. Make sure they provide standard universally accepted payment methods that provide consumer protection such as PayPal, Xoom, MoneyGram or with most credit cards.
6.Make sure your information is confidential and secure. Check to see that their websites have proper security and privacy technology.

Philippines Private Investigators offer discreet private investigative and detective services at affordable local rates. Our team of highly experienced and trained local and expat agents cover all of the Philippines and work with local police, NSO, embassies, as well as other government agencies.

For more information or a free quote, contact us at or

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Mr. Andre Tuyet has over 15 years of experience in private investigation services and has served as an advisor for international companies involving foreign personnel and customers. He is a senior advisor for Philippines Private Investigators, Vietnam Private Investigators, Indonesia Private Investigators and Thailand Private Investigators

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This article was published on 2010/10/19