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Just Married: Requirements for Change of Marital Status in the PH

Just Married: Requirements for Change of Marital Status in the PH

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Congratulations on getting married! We’re very happy for you.

But now that the celebration and honeymoon are over, it’s time to crack your knuckles and get started on your post-wedding checklist, which may include changing your maiden name to your married name. To change your civil status surname in the Philippines, you’ll have to go to many government offices and deal with lots of documents.

Here’s a complete guide to help you sort through all the requirements for change of status.

How to change your surname after marriage in the Philippines

  • Decide if you actually want to change your last name

Before anything else, we’d just like to remind you that to change your last name after marriage is not mandatory in the Philippines. So, make sure you actually want to change your last name and know the pros and cons of doing so, before you update your change of civil status. This is something you should discuss with your husband. It may be a sensitive topic but if you truly want to keep your maiden name, he should respect your decision.

Keep in mind that once you change your maiden name to your married name, you can’t revert to your maiden name again unless your husband passes away or you file for an annulment. Additionally, even if you don’t change your last name after marriage, you will still have to update your civil status in various government records, valid IDs, and official documents.

  • Request for a marriage certificate

Once you’ve decided, the first of the many requirements you’ll need for a change of marital status is your Marriage Certificate. It has to be authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). You’ll need to present your marriage certificate each time you request a change of civil status.

You can request for a Marriage Certificate online (PSA Serbilis Online) or through walk-in applications at Serbilis Service Centers. For online applications, the certificate costs Php365.00 inclusive of processing and delivery fees. It is usually issued after 1-6 working days. For walk-in applications, it only costs Php155.00 per copy and takes 3-13 working days.

If the online fees are too expensive and there isn’t a Serbilis Service Center nearby, you can also apply for a Marriage Certificate at SM Business Centers. You just need to pay an additional service fee of Php25 per copy and wait for 3-9 business days to claim.

We suggest getting at least 3 original copies of your marriage certificate as certain government offices will not accept photocopies only.

  • Head over to the different government offices

Plan your days of going to the government offices strategically! If you stick to a strict schedule and start the days early, you can actually manage to finish in at least 2-3 days. To view the complete list of documents and their corresponding requirements for change of status, head over to the next section. We also explain the entire process so you know what to expect.

Documents to change after getting married

PhilHealth ID

Requirements for change of status:

  • PhilHealth Member Registration Form (PMRF)
  • Marriage Certificate (bring photocopy and original copy for verification purposes)
  • Old PhilHealth ID card (for women who want to change their last name after marriage in the Philippines)
  • Valid ID for back up purposes

Process:

  1. Go to the nearest PhilHealth office or satellite office.
  2. Head over to the customer service personnel and state that you wish to change your civil status. You will be given a blank PMRF.
  3. Fill out the PMRF. Once finished, submit to the counter. Your marital status will be accomplished as you wait. If you opted to have a change of surname after marriage, you will be issued a new PhilHealth ID.

Updating of civil status and change of the last name is free of charge. Transaction time is typically less than five minutes, excluding queuing time. The PMRF is also available online, so you can choose to download it and fill it out in your free time.

Social Security System (SSS)

If you are employed, ask your HR team regarding their process on how to change your name in SSS. They’ll also advise you on the SSS requirements for change of status.

While the process may vary per employer and it’s best to inquire from your company’s HR, we will also list down the requirements and standard method for your reference.

Requirements for change of status:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Member’s Data Change Request (SS Form E-4)
  • UMID card or 2 valid Ids
  • Authorization letter for your employer to process your change of status from single to married in SSS

Process:

  • Approach your employer and tell them that you wish to update your SSS status from single to married. They’ll give you a Member’s Data Change Request (SS Form E-4). Fill it out and submit to your HR along with your authorization letter.
  • Submit photocopies of your UMID, marriage certificate, and a valid ID.
  • Follow up with your HR team from time to time.

If you’re currently unemployed, head over to the nearest SSS branch and submit the change status requirements above. The customer service personnel in SSS will guide you on how to change your name and other details. Typically, the processing will only take a day but make sure to ask the personnel.

Updated: You can now request online for name correction

The SSS member portal now offers a quick and easy way to change or correct your name. Follow the steps below:

  1. Head over to the official SSS website. Click “MEMBER” from the list of portals.
  2. Log in to your account. Select “E-SERVICES” from the main menu and then click on “Request for Member Data Change (Simple Correction).”
  3. Click on the type of member data you want to be changed. Then fill out the appropriate fields and upload the requirements we listed above.
  4. Keep a copy of your transaction number.
  5. Wait for an email from SSS to inform you about your request.

Pag-IBIG

Requirements for change of status:

  • Pag-IBIG MID number
  • Photocopy of marriage certificate (bring the original copy for verification purposes)
  • Valid ID (for backup purposes)
  • Member’s Change of Information Form (MCIF)

Process:

  • Head over to the nearest Pag-IBIG branch.
  • Tell the assigned personnel that you want to change your civil status. You will be given a Member’s Change of Information Form (MCIF) and a queuing number.
  • Fill out the MCIF while waiting for your turn.
  • Once your number’s called, submit your MCIF along with the other requirements.
  • After they’ve successfully updated your information, you’ll be given a copy of your MCIF.
  • If you changed your last name after marriage in the Philippines, you’ll be instructed to head to another section where you can update and print your new Member’s Data Form with your married name and your husband’s name.

When you want to have a change of surname after marriage in the Philippines, you should never forget about your PAG-IBIG ID. It’s valid for life, so you’ll never have to renew every few years or so.

Passport

Requirements for change of status

  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • Duly accomplished application form
  • Original Marriage Certificate authenticated by the PSA
  • Current passport with photocopy of the biodata page
  • Two valid IDs with one photocopy each – with married name, if possible
  • Proof of payment

Process:

  1. Secure an appointment online via the DFA website.
  2. Download a copy of the application form and fill it out in your free time.
  3. Pay your processing fee at the different authorized payment centers. For expedited processing, it costs Php1,200. For regular processing, it’s only Php950. A convenience fee of Php50 will be charged by authorized payment centers.
  4. Head over to the DFA office where you have a confirmed appointment. Present all the required documents.
  5. Once they’ve updated your information, you will be issued a passport receipt that you’ll have to present on the date of your passport’s release.

As per DFA, you can still use valid IDs with your maiden name in applying or renewing your passport, but you will need to submit an NBI clearance that has your married name as a supporting document. So, if you don’t have an ID with your married name, it’s best to get an NBI clearance first.

NBI Clearance

Changing your maiden name to your married name in your NBI clearance is actually quick and easy to do, but it will require you to apply again. This is because changing the last name in your NBI Clearance isn’t classified as a renewal application. Rather, it’s classified as a new application.

Before you begin the new application process, make sure you have a new email address. NBI will not accept the email address that you used to create your old NBI clearance.

Once you have a new email address to use, make sure to follow these six simple steps.

  1. Register a new account

Visit the NBI clearance website to open a new account. Make you put your husband’s name instead of your maiden name. If they ask whether you have an old NBI clearance, pick “NO.”

  1. Fill in your personal information

The form will ask questions about your name, gender, birth date, place of birth, address, contact numbers, and other personal details. Once you’re done filling them up, click on “SAVE INFORMATION” at the bottom of the page.

  1. Schedule an appointment online

The next step is to schedule an appointment. You can choose the day and hour in the calendar provided. Choose a date that’s most convenient for you.

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Make sure you’re available during the date you pick. Branches have adopted a “No Appointment, No Entry” policy. Without an appointment, you will not be able to get your NBI clearance.

  1. Make the payment

After you schedule an appointment, you will need to pay for your NBI clearance. Payment methods include via bank cash deposit, online banking facilities, Bayad Center, mobile wallets, ECPay, MultiPay, and 7-Eleven.

Choose the method that’s most convenient for you.

  1. Head over to your selected NBI branch during your schedule

During your visit, your fingerprints and passport photos will be taken. You may be required to present your marriage certificate as proof and to verify your info.

And that’s it! If you don’t have a “Hit,” you may be able to claim your new NBI clearance on the same day.

Bank Records

Requirements for change of status:

  • Original copy of the marriage certificate. Don’t worry, this will be returned to you. Banks just require you to bring the original copy as they normally photocopy it within bank premises.
  • Valid ID with your married name (if you didn’t change your name, you’ll still need to bring a valid ID that reflects your change of civil status in the Philippines).

Process:

  1. Advise the bank teller that you want to update your marital status and change your last name. Most banks don’t charge any fees for this.
  2. After they update your information, don’t forget to get a new ATM card.

Driver’s License

  • Requirements for change of status:
  • Marriage certificate (original and photocopy)
  • Your current or expired driver’s license
  • Duly accomplished application form

Process:

  1. Head over to the nearest LTO branch. To avoid long lines, be at the office early.
  2. Submit all of the requirements. This can be accomplished within the day.

Is it mandatory to change the signature after marriage?

Now that you know how to change your surname after marriage in the Philippines, you might be wondering if you’ll also have to change your signature, especially if it has your maiden name on it.

To keep things brief, it’s not mandatory to change your signature and it’s also not recommended. Changing your signature will require you to contact concerned bodies where you have authenticated documents with your previous signature. It’s not only a hassle, but it’s also unnecessary as well.

It’s okay to keep your current signature, even if it has your maiden name on it. It is not compulsory that your signature should have your new surname. Your signature serves as your proof of identity and intent. If you change your signature, it would require you to contact every place, institution, or organization where you have authenticated yourself with your signature.

Get Started on it Today — The Sooner, the Better!

Once you’ve gone through all the requirements for change of status and you’ve done all of the tasks on how to change your surname after marriage in the Philippines, it’ll feel like you’ve just succeeded in a marathon. It will be tiring, stressful, and you’ll get impatient but we promise — all of the time and effort will be worth it when you finally see your married name and updated civil status.

Good luck! For any more questions, just comment down below.

Chryss Segovia
Author: Chryss Segovia

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View Comments (16)
  • Hello! For NBI change of status, once I edit the profile am I going to choose new application? Or I can still choose renewal because I have old NBI already but it contains the old profile (single and maiden name).

    • Hi, Cherry! When changing your status with the NBI, you’re going to want to pick “new application,” even if you already have an old NBI from before you were married. You’re also going to need a different email address from the one you used to make your old NBI clearance.

      When you arrive at your scheduled NBI appointment, you may be asked to show your marriage certificate–so be sure to have both the original and a copy just in case!

    • Hi, Jes! While the processing time typically takes about one working day, it may vary from case to case or from SSS office to office. If you are employed, you can ask your office’s HR for help. If you are self-employed or unemployed, you can call up your nearest SSS branch and ask the personnel.

  • Hello! You said “it’s not mandatory to change your signature and it’s also not recommended”.
    Can you explain it further? im planning to keeping my signature after marriage. will there be an advantage and disadvantages?
    Thanks.!

    • Hi, Meliza! The reason we say that it’s not recommended is that when you change your signature, you’ll have to officially change the signature that’s attached to/appear on your official IDs, passports, bank accounts, etc. – all of which may have their own sets of requirements. It’s a real time saver to not change your signature.

  • Hi! may I ask about using the hyphenated last names of my husband and my maiden name, does this mean that my middle name would be dropped?

    • Hello Eu! There are pros and cons to choosing a hyphenated last name after getting married. Other than the fact that you will have a longer last name since you are keeping your maiden last name, you will eventually have to drop your maiden middle name. I hope this helps.

  • Hello, you said that a woman can retain her maiden name after marriage since it is not mandatory to change after marriage but she should still file for change in civil status from single to married? Pls. Confirm. Also, the marriage was done in US, can my friend used the photocopy og marriage certificate as requirement? My friend wants to retain her maiden name and change her civil status from single to married. Pls. Confirm. Thanks a lot.

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