What is endorsing of Certificate of Marriage to the NSO?
How long will the endorsing of Certificate of Marriage to the NSO take?
NSO = "National Statistics Office"
Your Certificate of Marriage will be endorsed at the NSO after your marriage. But it is endorsed by batch maybe like by date of marriage. This procedure is not a problem if you and your spouse are both Filipinos. If you want to be with your spouse in Germany or any foreign country and you need to speed things up for your VISA, you must endorse your Certificate of Marriage immediately and personally at the NSO. In my experience, I went to the local NSO office at Cebu City and submitted the documents personally.
When your paper is endorsed, it will be put inside the NSO database. This means that your document is being archived not just in your local government for example in my case, not just in Cebu but archived in the Philippine documents database or archive. The duration of the paper processing usually takes about 1-2 months.
Your “ordinary” Certificate of Marriage will look like this:
After the paper processing at NSO and you requested for a copy, your Certificate of Marriage will be like this:
This is now called an NSO Certificate of Marriage. There is really no big difference of the contents between an “ordinary” Certificate of Marriage and an NSO Certificate of Marriage. Your “ordinary” Certificate of Marriage will just be scanned, they put it in the database or archive it and then when you get a copy of your Certificate of Marriage from the NSO, it will be on a Yellow Paper or what they call the SECPA (Security Paper). It will have an NSO Seal at the upper left side, a document number and a bar code at the lower left side, and a signature from the NSO Administrator at the bottom right side.
This is important because most papers requested by institutions, schools, universities, jobs and especially papers requested for purposes abroad, such as VISAs, are the ones from the NSO. One good thing about this is that you can request a copy online at www.e-census.com.ph and it will be delivered at your door step.
As far as I can remember, these were the cost of an NSO Certificate of Marriage and an NSO Birth Certificate:
Requested at www.e-census.com.ph:
NSO Certificate of Marriage – 400 Pesos per copy
NSO Birth Certificate – 300 Pesos per copy
Requested at your local NSO office:
NSO Certificate of Marriage – 180 Pesos per copy
NSO Birth Certificate – 150 Pesos per copy
*Note that these prices were as of February 2008. Prices may subject to change.
Note also that not all provinces in the Philippines had their own local NSO office.
If you live in these provinces, your only option would be requesting your NSO paper online at www.e-census.com.ph.
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