Requirements for Civil Wedding in Brunei for Filipino Couples

Hey everyone!

Have you been recently got engaged? Are you planning to get married any time soon? Are you both Filipinos that are currently working and living in Brunei?

If your answers are all YES, then listen up!

I know what your going through right now. Because I’m in that same process too. And I’m here to share with you the guide that helped us with the wedding documents.

I did a lot of research online and I also asked some government offices for the official requirements to make sure that I didn’t leave any requirements missing.

Anyway, as of this writing me and my fiance haven’t finished the whole process but we’ve got all the requirements and steps figured out! Don’t worry because I’ll be editing stuffs out in the future after we are done with everything.

In our case, we are currently working in Brunei as OFWs and we got engaged last May 16 2016. As of now, we don’t got that extra budget and extra time to travel back to Manila and to do all the wedding preparations. That is why we’re looking at the alternatives.

And at the same time, if I wanted to have my wedding in Manila, I want to be very hands on. I want to be 150% part of all the wedding preparations. Its a dream come true!! But looking at the situation, I won’t have that yet since I am only limited to 30 days of leave since I am working in Brunei and 30 days isn’t enough to prepare a wedding we want. Besides, I also want to have my fiance with me through the whole wedding preparations. Which is the fun and exciting part!

Anyway, so we opted for this option; to get married in Brunei.

According to my own research, there are actually 3 ways to get married here in Brunei. Firstly is at a Solemnization Ceremony conducted at the Philippine Embassy. Second option is a Church Wedding (for Catholic Couples) at Church of Our Lady of Assumption (COLA) in Bandar or at St. John’s Church in Kuala Belait (depending on your area). And lastly is a Solemnization Ceremony at the Magistrate Court located at Jalan Tutong.

At this post I will be discussing the steps on how to request the documents for the Solemnization Ceremony at the Magistrate Court. Since this is the one that we are currently doing.

Civil Wedding in Brunei (Magistrate Court)

Me and my fiance decided to get married at the Magistrate Court here in Brunei because it’s what we want and it is the most suitable process. In terms of documents, time and budget-wise. And in addition, we had both our parents’ approval on it. They were actually the ones that suggested it since it’s the option that requires less documents. Since we were opting for the ones with less paperwork.

Firstly, here are the list of requirements needed at the Magistrate Court. You can check out this PDF file here

OR for a less complicated one:

Before filing of Notice of Marriage, the couple must swear a Statutory Declaration with respect to the condition of:

An Applicant must be:

  • more than 18 years of age;
  • reside in Brunei Darussalam for a minimum period of 14 days (this condition may be satisfied by one of the couple);
  • not be married to any other third party;
  • not be related to the other party to the marriage;
  • be of sound mind;
  • not be of Muslim faith.

These Statutory Declaration forms will be supplied to the couple at the time of filing the Notice of Marriage.

Notice of Marriage Requirements:

  • Brunei Identity Card (or passport)
  • Two B$10.00 postal stamps (available at post offices)
  • Document/s to prove marital status: (For Philippine Nationals only) Certification of Eligibility to Contract Marriage issued by the Philippine Embassy

To request for a Certification of Eligibility to Contract Marriage, there are certain documents that you have to request for first.

So the following are the all the detailed steps to request for the Certification of Eligibility to Contract Marriage.

Step One:

Certificate of No Marriage

Request for CENOMAR

You and your fiancé MUST request a CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage).

A CENOMAR  is simply what its name implies. It is a certification issued by the PSA stating that a person has not contracted any marriage. Also called a certificate of No Record of Marriage or Certificate of Singleness. (Source: PSA)

For the couple that are in Brunei you can request for your CENOMAR HERE

The E-Census Website is an online facility for submitting requests for copy issuance of civil registry records (birth, marriage and death certificates) and issuance of certification of no marriage record (CENOMAR) (Source: E-Census)

This option is the easiest to request for your CENOMAR. All you have to do is fill out the forms correctly. However, this option requires you to have a family member/relative to assist you in the process. Because since it is an online request you have to have your documents delivered to an address in the Philippines. It’s cheaper and a faster transaction. Although in E-Census you also can have it delivered to you via Courier if your abroad, though it will take 6-8 weeks to arrive.

If you want to receive your documents faster, you can opt to choose to have your documents delivered to a family member/relative’s address in the Philippines. You have to also NOTE that you MUST put your relative’s name, address, contact number in the CONTACT AND DELIVERY INFORMATION


After filling out the form all you have to do is click NEXT.

You can request both yours and your fiance’s CENOMAR at the same time in one batch. And you can both have it delivered to one person.


The fees are as follows:

PHP 315.00 per copy – birth/marriage/ death certificates

PHP 415.00 per copy – CENOMAR

As for the payment it depends on you which options suits you the most, you can find the options here

For us, we opted for the BDO Bank Deposit. We had my fiance’s mother to help us in this process because we had our CENOMAR delivered to her house in Manila and also asked her to deposit for us at a BDO Branch for the CENOMAR payment.


For deliveries around Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao: 3-5 working days after payment.

For other cities or provinces within the Philippines: 4-9 working days after payment

For other ther countries 6-8 weeks after payment

For faster delivery (5-8 working days after payment), avail of special courier services by emailing them at ecensus2@census.gov.ph.

For more information you may visit them here 

All you have to do now is just to notify your relative/family member and wait for your documents to arrive. After that you can proceed to the next step.

Step Two

Special Power of Attorney

The next step is to have the CENOMAR authenticated at the Department of Foreign Affiars in Manila. Since in the Philippine Embassy here in Brunei it requires the documents to be authenticated.

Authenticating documents is only available in the Philippines. And since we cannot just simply fly to Manila right away, we also need a relative/family member in Manila to assist us in the process of CENOMAR authentication at the DFA.

Therefore, the next document  you will need a Special Power of Attorney or S.P.A.

The Special Power of Attorney is a document that grants a person the authority to act on behalf of you, the principal under certain and specified circumstances.

In our case, the person we indicated in the S.P.A is my fiancé’s mother since she will be the one to process our documents at the DFA in Manila.

The S.P.A can be requested at the Philippine Embassy.

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei is open from Mondays to Fridays

8:00am to 5:00pm (Monday – Thursday)

8:00am to 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 6:00pm (Every Friday)

Please observe proper decorum and dress code when visiting the Philippine Embassy. You may know more about it here

The requirements to request for the Special Power of Attorney are the following;

  • Personal appearance
  • Duly accomplished SPA form (downloadable here)
  • Passport copy of the person executing the Special Power of Attorney
  • Fee of BND 37.50

The duration to process the SPA at the Embassy will take about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours depending on the number of people at the Embassy.

Step Three

At this step you have on hand with you the original Special Power of Attorney that you requested from the Philippine Embassy. Next you have to give it to your family member/relative in Manila.

There are 2 steps to do so.

  • First is to deliver it to the Philippines via courier for a fee
  • Ask a friend/family member/relative who is going to the Philippines to pass it to your family member/relative

In our case, we had ours delivered via Courier for B$15.00. It took about 5 days to be delivered to my fiance’s mother in Manila.

Step Four

As of this step, your family member/relative must have with them the true copy of your CENOMAR and the original S.P.A. that you delivered to them. If not, you have to wait for these documents to arrive before you proceed.

Authentication of CENOMAR at DFA

The next step is to get your CENOMARs authenticated at a DFA Office. Your family member/relative must bring the following documents to a nearest Department of Foreign Affairs office or Satellite Offices:

  • Application Form (to be filled up at the DFA)
  • True Copy of CENOMAR
  • Special Power of Attorney with attached photocopy of you and your fiancé’s identification or passport
  • 2 valid government issued ID’s with 2 photocopies (for your family member/relative identification)
  • Fee of PHP. 100 for REGULAR (2-3 days) OR PHP. 200 pesos for RUSH (1 day)

You can check the nearest DFA Offices and Satellite Offices here

At the DFA, the requirements will be checked by an officer by the door depending on the purpose. And an identification will be checked and the officer will ask what type of process will you avail; RUSH or REGULAR one. And an application form will be given to you that would needed to be filled out.

After carefully filling out the forms, proceed to the window depending on the type of process. And hand over the documents such as; CENOMAR, SPA and photocopies of identification.

After they scan through the documents they will ask you to pay at the cashier and return to them the receipt. And they will issue you a claiming stub wherein the date of release will be indicated (depending on the process you availed; RUSH; 1 day OR Regular 2-3 days)

When claiming for the Authenticated CENOMARs please bring at least 2 government IDs as well.

Step Five

Certification of Eligibility to Contract Marriage

After your CENOMAR has been authenticated, this document must be kept safely and to be delivered back to you via courier or have someone bring it to you if you know someone who is travelling back to Brunei that can bring your documents.

When you already have with you the authenticated CENOMAR, you can bring this to the Philippine Embassy to request for Certification of Eligibility to Contract Marriage.

Here is the list of requirements to get the Certification of Eligibility to Contract Marriage:

  • Personal appearance
  • Duly accomplished Statutory Declaration form ( downloadable here)
  • Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) from PSA/NSO (issued not more than 6 months from vthe date of application) duly authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
  • Original and photocopies of the contracting parties’ valid passports
  • Fee of BND 37.50

All you have to do is bring all the documents and go the Philippine Embassy.

(As of writing, we haven’t reached this step yet. Please wait for updates)

Step Six

Submission of Requirements at the Magistrate Court 

When you already have with you a copy of Certification of Eligibility to Contract Marriage.

You may now proceed to bring it to the Magistrate Court and book your wedding date along with the following documents:

  • Brunei Identity Card (or passport)
  • Two B$10.00 postal stamps (available at post offices)
  • Certification of Eligibility to Contract Marriage issued by the Philippine Embassy
  • Fee of B$100.00 for Notice of Marriage
  • Fee of B$100.00 for Solemnization of Marriage

Also take note of the hours for filing notice of marriage:

Mondays to Thursdays

8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

2.00 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.

Notice of Marriages must be filed at the District where the applicants ordinarily reside. The address of all districts is at:

Marriage Registry, 2nd floor, High Court – Supreme Court building, Jalan Tutong, Bandar Seri Begawan.

For the Belait District:

Marriage Registry, Magistrate’s Court, Belait District Courts, Kuala Belait.

Also take note that date of solemnization will be fixed on a Saturday (Bandar Seri Begawan) and Monday (Kuala Belait) after 14 days of Notice of Marriage. Upon filing of a Notice of Marriage, a Guide on Solemnization will be issued to the applicants. Applicants are strongly advised to read this guide (page 5) carefully:


Step Seven

Finally! All you have to do now is figure out what to wear and where your reception will be at! Heheheh. If it still fits the budget, if not you and your fiancé can opt for a more intimate family gathering and just have a simple lunch or dinner at a nice restaurant in town!

Congratulations and Best Wishes!!!  I hope I was able to help you with your wedding preps!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

God Bless!

Yours truly,

– K.


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