Getting a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage

~updated on April 16, 2017~

For Korean Filipino couples who are planning to tie the knot, this is the first thing that you need to do. Be informed that the Philippine government requires all foreigners who wish to marry Filipino citizens to get a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage from their respective embassies. This is to prove that the foreigner is certified single or legally divorced. For Korean nationals, in order to get it both of you have to go to the Korean embassy. Click HERE for the location and contact. An interview is needed upon getting the certificate. Therefore, the couple’s personal appearance is a MUST. (NOTE: Beware of the fixers/agents telling you that it is okay for them to go there instead of you.) Below are the requirements for the said interview.

Source: Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines
Source: Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines

NOTE: As you can see, the requirements are divided into 2 parts. Basic documents are for those couples who didn’t meet through any matchmaking agencies. While the additional documents are only for those who met by the said agencies. Further details will be given to you by the agents, I suppose.

Please check their website first as the may change the set of requirements.


Effective July 1, 2015, the schedule for the application & interview is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only.

9:00 to 11:00 AM – application time
3:00 PM – interview time (same day)


Our experience:

Dohyoung and I decided to get the certificate from the Korean embassy in Manila. He flew from Japan and I from Cebu. It was on the 26th of October 2015. We got to the location before 9AM. What we did as soon as we arrived there were the following:

  1. We filled out four different forms after writing my name and purpose in their logbook. (Don’t forget to bring a black pen. If you aren’t quite sure of how to fill them out, don’t hesitate to ask the officers around there. Be warned that they are a little bit harsh in a good way, perhaps it’s part of their job.)
  2. Arranged our documents according to how they are listed and submitted them to the assigned officer for checking. We were immediately asked to provide a photocopy of my CENOMAR. This wasn’t mentioned in the list. After that, we were given our number. Fortunately we were 38 which didn’t take long for our number to be called at Window 1.
  3. Dohyoung was the one who faced the Korean lady at Window 1. She took the documents, gave us back my original CENOMAR and instructed us to come back at 2:30PM for the interview.


The interview started before 3PM. All Korean men were called to get inside Interview Room 2 leaving all their belongings to us, Filipino fiancees. Their session lasted for about an hour and a half. Our turn right after that.

The room was just enough for like 10 people and it was air conditioned. The panel interview was headed by the Korean consul. He was gentle but a little bit frank. Spoke good English. It was good hearing his advice for all of us. Mainly to enlighten us about our plan of marrying a Korean guy. He was like a father to us. He then asked random questions for each of us. I got mixed emotions listening to the other fiancees’ answers. The session was ended with well wishes to us from him.

We were then instructed to pay 90 pesos at Window 3 for the certificate. It should look like this:

Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage

We were so happy upon getting this very important paper. You will understand why when it’s your turn to do this. God bless you all love birds!  ♥ ♥ ♥

**Beware of agents around there asking you to work with them for a fast marriage procedure. Stick to your plans and might as well follow the Philippine rules. Don’t end up having fake marriage documents for a big amount of money.**

Stay tuned for Part 2! 🙂


Effective April 1, 2017, schedule for application and interview for legal capacity is every Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

8:30am – 11am : Application
2:30pm : Interview (same day)


Date posted: 2017.04.01

legal capacity requirements korea
Source: Embassy of the Republic of Korea in PH site


legal capacity 2017
Source: Embassy of the Republic of Korea in PH site


149 Comments on “Getting a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage

    • Hi Queenly! So sorry for the late response. Just checked my blog today. If you are in Korea, I think you can get it from your Korean partner’s local city hall.


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