A marriage certificate cannot be considered valid if any of the parties involved fail to sign the document. In all of the civil wedding rites I have witnessed, the solemnizing officer requests the marrying couple and their sponsors to go over the marriage certificate carefully and take all the time they need to make sure that all entries in the document are clearly written and all fields and copies requiring their signatures are properly signed.
All these are vital in order to seal the veracity of the marriage certificate.
What must you do in case your copy of the PSA marriage certificate lacks the necessary signatures required to make the document authentic?
Mona and Luis got married rather too early and under pressing circumstances. It was the usual story of a young love gone awry because of unplanned pregnancy and the stress of admitting their situation to their parents. Sadly though, after their civil wedding, Mona had a miscarriage and lost the baby in her womb.
Their relationship went downhill from there until Mona had no other choice but to move back in with her parents. She and Luis had not had communication for three years straight; they would only hear about each other from common friends. When Mona began working in a contact center, she met JC and fell in love. Three years later, JC proposed to marry her and she eagerly said “Yes!”
At the onset of her relationship with JC, Mona disclosed everything about her past, especially her marriage to Luis. JC offered to help finance her annulment so she would be legally free to marry again. They sought the services of a lawyer who gave them the list of documents they need to submit in order to officially begin the annulment process.
Mona ordered copies of her birth and marriage certificates as these were primary on her list. When she received the documents, she was oddly surprised to find that Luis did not sign the marriage certificate. She reviewed the document over and over and could not find any other entry there that could pass for Luis’ signature. On the “contracting party” fields, her and Luis’ names were typewritten and only her name had a signature above it.
This made her think. If their marriage certificate lacked her husband’s signature, does it make the document invalid and therefore, their marriage, null and void?
When they showed the marriage certificate to their lawyer, they were advised to first seek the counsel of the Local Civil Registry office where their marriage was registered. If the LCR can confirm that their copy of Mona and Luis’ marriage certificate is essentially “invalid” because the groom failed to sign the document, then they can look forward to a smooth and fast conclusion of the annulment. For the first time in her life, Mona hoped that Luis’ attempt to fool her was successful.
Upon inquiring at the LCR however, Mona was informed that the copy they have on file has the complete set of signatures, both hers and Luis’, including those of the witnesses and the solemnizing officer’s. They showed her the copy and offered to endorse a certified photocopy to PSA for proper certification.
Turns out that Mona and Luis were legally married and in order for her to marry again, she would have to work on the annulment process and hope that she be granted the legal right to re-marry soon.