To be honest I’m lazy doing this. I filed my ROM after I received my green card before our 1st year anniversary of marriage. It seems like an extra task however this is important in order for our marriage here in the US be reported to the Civil Registrar of the Philippines through Phil. Embassy having jurisdiction over the locality where the wedding took place. See on→ Phil. Embassy Jurisdiction Finder to determine which consulate the state of your wedding venue being covered. In my case is the Philippine Consulate in LA.
This also serve the purpose of renewing our passport using married name and if we plan to become a dual citizen.
As always, refer to → Report of Marriage List of Basic Requirements from Phil Embassy site. And then from here, I created my own checklist applicable to my case and have it mail to the Phil Embassy. Take note that filing a ROM by mail, accomplished ROM form should be notarized – However even though I am filing it through mail – I took the risk of submitting my accomplished ROM without notary since the original marriage certificate itself is already notarized. Here are the requirements I submitted.
- Cover Letter Submitted to the Consular Section. See my ROM Sample Cover Letter.
- 4 original filled-up ROM Form (without notary!)
- Note again that it should be notarized when submitting through mail, I just took the risk because I heard some LA filer submitted theirs without notary, let’s see if it will work for me too!.
- Click here for sample filled-up ROM form
- Computerized or handwritten is ok
- Use blue or black ballpen if handwritten
- Wives should indicate maiden name as the last name
- 1 Original and Certified True Copy of Marriage Certificate
- 4 Photocopies of Marriage Certificate
- 4 Photocopies of Passport (Filipina Spouse)
- 4 Photocopies of Passport (US Citizen Spouse)
- 4 Photocopies of my Philippine Birth Certificate (Filipino spouse)
- Self-addressed return envelope, with stamps
- Processing Fee: $25 cash in a small envelope, money order is also acceptable made payable to “Embassy of the Philippines”. Personal Check and credit card are not acceptable
- Additional Requirement:
- Notarized Affidavit of Delayed Registration (If the Report of Marriage is filed after 12 months of the date of marriage)
- 1 Original and 4 photocopies of divorce decree or annulment (if either one of the spouse was divorced or annulled before)
- 1 original and 4 photocopies of Death Certificate of deceased spouse (if Filipino spouse is a widower)
Hah! Ok now after 2 weeks of waiting, the verdict is in! They returned all my papers together with a note. It it a big big — Ouch! Oh well I expected this already! haha.. Lesson learned – ALWAYS FOLLOW THE RULE! 😉
Date Mailed: June 27, 2015
Date Returned: July 9, 2015
Result: REJECTED 😥 😀 😀
Note: If you apply ROM through mail, it will take about 2 weeks before you receive a response mail from Philippine Consulate whether it is Accepted or Rejected.
LA Consulate Note:
- All Duly Accomplished ROM Form should be notarized.
- Provide a self addressed stamped envelope or pre-paid courier envelope or Pay an additional $6 as mailing fee for their feedback mail.
Important Note: Marriage must be reported within one year upon the solemnization of marriage to the consulate otherwise need to accomplish a Notarized Affidavit For Delayed Registration or Marriage.
Update 09/04/15: Notarization of 4 ROM forms cost $80 ($20 each) in our area in San Diego Ca. It’s kind of a pain so I will just wait for the LA Consulate Outreach Program in our area this coming November 2015. Although we already past one year – it’s still cheaper to have the Notary for Late Registration Explanation Letter (2 copies = $40) than having to notarized those 4 ROM forms for $80.
Some Useful Tips: File the ROM immediately after the wedding. I heard some ROM filers who filed their ROM right after the wedding didn’t require notarization through mail. Might as well just give it a try. There’s no harm in trying. If it didn’t succeed you still have a lots of time to have the ROM forms notarized or wait for Outreach program near your area to file the ROM without cost.
Disclaimer: I am no expert and wrote this only base from my experience, requirements may vary depend on your jurisdiction. Always check the latest requirements on this site → Report of Marriage of Filipino Abroad and check which consulate jurisdiction you belong at → Phil Consulate Jurisdiction Finder.