Do you plan on getting married anytime soon? Before you plan the details of your forthcoming wedding (and congratulations, by the way!), make sure that you have got everything you need right on your to-get list. A CENOMAR is a document that states that a person has not married yet. This is one of the conditions for getting a marriage license. This is required for the government to legally recognize your wedding in the Philippines. If this is something you need to obtain anytime soon, then make sure to read the rest of this guide.
A person is considered single if he or she has never been married – no surprise there, right? That said, if marriage was annulled or declared invalid, the individual is still considered married. So, any legal decision that involves one’s civil status needs to be supported by documents such as either a CENOMAR or a marriage certificate. Now, you might be thinking about how one can possibly secure this document as conveniently as possible, especially during these times. Fortunately, the government has made this process much more convenient for Filipinos now. You will learn the various ways on how you can request a CENOMAR in the following sections, so be sure to read until the end!
Getting a CENOMAR, as in the case of most transactions with the government, can be done online – thankfully! Because of this, you do not need to go to the PSA office to apply for this certificate. Imagine how convenient these online services are for those living far away from the city, even abroad!
Unlike other civil instruments, CENOMAR has no specific prerequisites. Filling out an online form and supplying basic personal information is all that is required to apply for a CENOMAR.
CENOMAR is different from other civil documents because it has no specific prerequisites. You just need to fill out a form online and provide your basic personal details, and you’re good to go! Requesting for a CENOMAR is as simple as that. Here’s a list of information that you need to submit for your application online:
Information Needed to Apply for a CENOMAR:
- Your complete name
- Your father’s complete name
- Your mother’s complete maiden name
- Birth place
- The complete name and address of the person requesting this document.
- How many copies you need
- Your purpose for requesting this certificate
Requesting via the PSA Serbilis Website (10 Steps)
You can request for a CENOMAR via the Serbilis website of the PSA (previously known as e-Census).
When you request for this document online, you can expect your CENOMAR to be delivered to you between 3 and 13 business days.
STEP 1: Visit the PSA Serbilis Website by typing (https://www.psaserbilis.com.ph/) on your device’s browser.
STEP 2: To file a request for this document online, select “Click here to request now” on the PSA Serbilis website.
STEP 3: Carefully read the terms and conditions. Once done, click “I Accept”.
STEP 4: Type in your contact information, including your delivery address, phone or mobile phone number, and email address. Then, press the “Next” button. Once you’ve confirmed the details, click “Confirm”.
STEP 5: At the Request Summary page, choose CENOMAR.
STEP 6: Completely provide all the details and information needed on the page. Click “Save” to finalize your request.
STEP 7: Verify that all the information you entered is correct, then hit “Confirm.” Otherwise, you may review the information you provided and edit them as needed by clicking “Change/Edit.”
STEP 8: Once you have confirmed your information for your application, you’ll be returned to the Requests Summary Page. Click “Submit.”
STEP 9: Settle the fee for the certificate (Php 430/copy) for local delivery; $25.30 for overseas shipping. You can choose among a variety of payment methods visa the PSA Serbilis website. These include credit card payments online, online banking payment via BDO and Unionbank. You may also settle your payment at any Bayad Center.
Reminder: Should you decide to settle your fees at any Unionbank or BDO branch, make sure to have a printed copy of the acknowledgement receipt with you.
STEP 10: Once you have settled your payment for your request, you can expect to receive the document within 3 to 13 days (or 6-8 weeks overseas).
Requesting via the PSAHelpline.ph (8 Steps)
Another option you have for requesting your CENOMAR online is the PSAHelpline.ph website.
STEP 1: Visit PSAHelpline.ph. At the top of the page, select “Order Now”.
STEP 2: Click the option for “Certificate of Singleness / CENOMAR.”
STEP 3: Choose your reason for requesting the CENOMAR.
STEP 4: Input the information required in the CENOMAR application form. Once done, hit “Continue.”
STEP 5: Indicate the name of the person who will use the CENOMAR. If you are the one who will use the certificate, specify in the final section: “Owner of the Certificate.” After this, you may click “Submit” to proceed.
STEP 6: Complete the information requested, including your contact details and delivery address. You may also include the name of the authorized individual who will receive the delivery on your behalf before you check out the transaction.
Tick the box next to “I verify that all of the information I’ve supplied is accurate and correct,” then click “Continue.”
STEP 7: Pay for your CENOMAR using an online payment method such as Visa/Mastercard, Bancnet, or Gcash, or an over-the-counter payment method such as Metrobank, Bayad Center, 7-Eleven, or a Bancnet ATM. The cost of each copy is Php465.
STEP 8: After payment, expect your document to be delivered within two to seven business days.
Validity of your CENOMAR
From the date of issuance, your CENOMAR will only be deemed valid for six months, so plan your application accordingly.
If you require your CENOMAR within 1-2 working days, it is best to make your request at the nearest PSA office. Walk-ins are welcome at the PSA office. Simply fill out the CENOMAR form (which you can get here) and bring it to the counter where CENOMAR certifications are processed.
That said, if you are in a rush to get your CENOMAR, say, within 1-2 business days, you should request this document at the nearest PSA office. Anyone can head over to the PSA office to request this document. As mentioned earlier, you just have to completely fill out the CENOMAR form (also available at the PSA branch) and submit it to the counter where they process requests for this certificate.
Here is a list of PSA offices throughout the country:
CAR – Baguio City
2nd Floor CTLL Building (also known as Dely’s Inn)
141 Abanao Extension, Barangay Rizal Monument
Baguio City 2600
Region I – La Union
Parammata Building C
Diversion Road, Sitio 5, Barangay Biday
San Fernando City, La Union 2500
2nd Floor Singson Building
Del Pilar corner Mabini Streets
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur 2700
2nd Floor M&B Building
Jose De Venecia Road, Brgy. Nalsian
Calasiao, Pangasinan 2400
Jomel III Corporate Building
Brgy. 14 P. Acosta corner Samonte Streets
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte 2900
Region II – Cagayan
Regional Government Office City Hall, Carig Sur
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley 3500
PSA Ground Floor Nueva Vizcaya Sports Complex (also known as CLISOC Grandstand)
Barangay Don Domingo Maddela
Boyombong, Nueva Vizcaya 3700
Region III – Pampanga
PSA Regional Office 3, Diosdado Macapagal Government Center (SACOP)
Maimpis, San Fernando City, Pampanga 2000
NE Pacific Mall
Maharlika Highway, Sumacab Sur
Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija 3100
Barangay Asinan Pag-asa
Olongapo City, Zambales 2200
Region IVA – Lipa City
Ground Floor, Fiesta World Mall
Lipa City, Batangas 4217
San Pablo City
Maharlika Highway, San Pablo City, Laguna 4301
Trece Martires City
1st Floor Government Center Building, Provincial Capitol Grd.
Barangay San Agustin
Trece Martires, Cavite 4109
3rd Floor Pacific Mall, Landco Business Park
- L. Tagarao Street, Lucena City
Region IVB – Calapan
Boundary of Brgy. Camilmil and Brgy. Lalud
Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro 5200
Puerto Princesa City
2nd Floor Goldraz Properties Building
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan 5300
Region V – Legazpi City
2nd Floor Albay Capitol Annex Building
Old Albay District
Legazpi City, Albay 4500
2nd Floor PSA Building
Naga City, Camarines Sur 4400
Region VI – Iloilo City
- Villanueva Building
Iloilo City, Iloilo 5000
3rd Floor G/F East Two Corp Center Bldg
Circumferential Road Cor Diola Street
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental 6100
Ground Floor 1/F Redepermavic Building
North Capitol Site
Kalibo, Aklan 5600
Region VII – Dumaguete City
Valencia Road, Bagacay
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200
Gaisano Capital South Building
corner Colon Street and Leon Kilat Street
Cebu City, Cebu 6100
Region VIII – Tacloban City
PSA Regional Office 8 Leyte SR Building
Artemio Mate Extension, Brgy. Abucay
Tacloban City, Leyte 6500
2nd Floor R. Tan Building (formerly Flaming Hat Restaurant)
Catbalogan, Samar 6700
Region IX – Zamboanga City
G/F Dagdag Bldg
San Jose Road, Baliwasan
Zamboanga City (Zamboanga del Sur) 7000
Magsaysay Street, Miputak
Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte 7100
Region X – Cagayan de Oro City
B1-B4, Pride Rock Business Park
Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental 9000
Ground Floor Gaisano Southwing
Port Road cor. 15 de Noviembre St.
Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental 7200
Badelles Ext, Palao
Iligan City, Lanao del Norte 9200
Region XI – Davao City
Ground Floor ANGO Building
Davao City, Davao del Sur 8000
Region XII – General Santos City
Santiago Boulevard Lagao
General Santos City, South Cotabato 9500
ARMM – Cotabato City
PSA ARMM, Ground Floor Carumba Building
Cotabato City 9600
Region XIII – Butuan City
G/F Freeman Building
Butuan City, Agusan del Norte 8600
Ground Floor Yuipco Building
Surigao City, Surigao del Norte 8300
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- I have already settled my payment online, can I cancel my request or get a refund?
Unfortunately, you can’t cancel or request a refund for your CENOMAR application. The PSA has a no-cancel and no-refund policy for their services. This is why you need to plan ahead and make sure to allot enough time for the document to be delivered to you for the purpose you may have for it.
- How do I know that my document delivery was unsuccessful?
There are three cases where a delivery can be considered as unsuccessful:
- If the individual who requested it could not be located or no longer lives in the address specified in the delivery request.
- If the document was not accepted at the delivery address.
- If the given address is inaccurate or not complete.
- Is it possible to request another delivery in case my initial request was unsuccessful?
Unfortunately, you can no longer follow up on another delivery request for an unsuccessful delivery. A document that has been processed and shipped out is already considered done. You will need to go through the process again to make another request.
- What other documents can I request from the PSA?
Aside from a CENOMAR, you can also request for a birth certificate, marriage, and death certificate – all of which can be requested using the same method as you would request a CENOMAR.
- My partner is a foreigner, are they still required to get a CENOMAR?
Interestingly, if you plan on getting married in the Philippines, then yes you still need to get a CENOMAR for your partner. This is a legal requirement before you can get married in the country.
A CENOMAR, as you’ve read in this guide has a lot of uses, especially if you plan to transact with businesses in the Philippines, change your civil status, or buy a property. Sometimes, you might need this document at short notice or for a scheduled event. If that is the case, then you should use the method available to you which offers the most convenient delivery time and date for your purpose.
Indeed, requesting a CENOMAR online via the PSA website is now easy for everyone in the Philippines. Whatever purpose you may have for this document, make sure to plan ahead your request and use the most convenient method to ensure that you’ll meet the target date for which you plan to use the document, and keep a copy of this guide on hand so that you’ll be sure to get your document as smoothly as possible.
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