How to Obtain an Advisory on Marriages (CRS Form 5) from NSO


The long queues, unfriendly employees and the long processing time of documents are just some of the reasons why I dread going to any government office here in the Philippines. Read: Namumuntikan ako lagi mapaaway. But then again, I have no choice. I have to help my sister-in-law.

I haven’t been married yet so I’m not familiar with this so called CRS Form 5 or the Advisory on Marriages. As per my understanding, it is the document that states if you have been married (and how many times?). It is actually the counterpart of CENOMAR or the Certificate of No Marriage. 

NSO Serbilis Makati

As much as I don’t want to discuss it here in my blog, I’ll just give a background on why I need to secure a CRS Form 5. My brother passed away a year ago and I was assisting my sister-in-law in processing the death claim benefit from SSS.  Sad to say, 10 months after completing the requirements, the status is still “for processing”. She’s currently working abroad so I had to follow it up it on her behalf.  My mom got a call from SSS Mandaluyong the other day telling her that we needed to submit a form 5. To to clarify it, I went to the branch office yesterday.  

Mr. Pangilinan, the one in-charge of death claims informed me that I had to secure a CRS Form 5 from NSO for my brother and my sis-in-law. Yes, another requirement that was not mentioned beforehand. What's new? But I understand the need for it since there are a lot of FRAUDS out there pretending to be beneficiaries. And so I went to Census Serbilis Center at the Old Makati City Hall this morning.  And since I’m already there, I might as well request for my birth certificate for my Taiwan Visa application.

NSO Serbilis Makati
Old Makati City Hall

I was inside the building around 9:45AM and unbelievably, left the building at 11:10AM. I could have waited for my birth certificate to be released by 11:45AM but I was already hungry. After all, I’m going back next week for my brother and sister-in-law’s documents.


Just in case you also need to get a CRS Form 5, here's what I did. 

(Same procedure goes for securing birth certificate, marriage, death and CENOMAR.)  No need to transact with fixers. It’s easy-peasy.

1. Proceed to the Public Assistance Desk and ask where to get the forms.You will be directed to the FORMS window.
NSO Serbilis Makati 
forms window on the left, screener on the right

2. Tell the officer at the FORMS window that you’re getting a CRS Form 5 or Advisory on Marriages. You will be given a green form. (It’s the same form used for securing CENOMAR).

3. Fill out the forms. Including the back. NSO is not strict with releasing of this form. Unlike birth certificates, the requester doesn’t have to be the parent or the spouse. Anyone can request for it.

4. Make sure you completed the form before lining up at the SCREENER window. The officer at the SCREENER window then checks if you have filled out all the necessary information. He also checks for spelling, etc.
5. Pay at LGU Cashier. Php 40 per copy. Wait for your receipt.

NSO Serbilis Makati
LGU Cashier line

6. Pay at the NSO Cashier. Php 195/copy. (birth certificates are Php 140/copy).Wait for your receipt stamped with the date and time of release.

NSO Serbilis Makati
Much longer NSO Cashier line

*It usually takes 4-5 working days for CRS Form 5 to be released. I was asked to go back on September 18.

Directions to NSO Serbilis Makati:

This is the nearest NSO branch since I live near the boundary of Mandaluyong and Makati. Plus my mom always gets our birth certificates here because it's mabilis as compared to the main office. Those who live in San Juan can take this direction but the Pasig Branch might be an easier option for you.

1. Take the “Hulo” Jeepney and ask the driver to drop you off below the Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge. Fare is Php 8. The Hulo route passes through Kalentong, JRU-Shaw Blvd, Acacia Lane, and P.Cruz (crossing Boni Avenue).

2. Cross the Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge and walk until you reach JP Rizal.

3. You can take any jeepney and ask the driver to drop you off at Makati City Hall. Go down when you see Eastwest and DBP to your left. That is F. Zobel St. Fare is Php 8.

4. The ride is actually just less than a minute. You can actually walk going there.

5. NSO is located at the Old City Hall.

*If it’s too tiring for you, there are tricycles that cross the bridge and can take you to City Hall. I’m not sure about the fare though.

Update: I came back today, September 18, to pick up the documents. Was supposed to be there by 9:10 am but came 20 minutes late so I proceeded to the backdate release window. There was no line, so yay! I presented my claim stubs and ID and in less than 2 minutes, got my docs. I didn't have to wait for my name to be announced and fall in line.

Comments

  1. Thank you very much of this Blog, very useful, kasi nalilito na ako kahahanap sa e census kung anong documents needed for Advisory on Marriages, kelangan kasi sa embassy. ayon kumuha ako cenomar at marriage certificate.. so kelangan pala manual para sa CRS form 5. kasi kung online application hindi ko alam kung ilalagay nila sa CENOMAR kung ilang beses ka nag asawa.

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    1. You're welcome. I think it's really best na pumunta sa kanila to request for it. Yung itsura ng document, parang CENOMAR pa rin pero may nakaprint sa taas na CRS form 5 then lalabas nga dun ung list ng naging marriage mo. =)

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    2. Hi Ma'am Tin, ask ko lang po okay na po kaya mag request ng Advisory on MArriage(CRS Form 5) thru online application since 2016 na? and is it different form between Advisory on MArriage(CRS Form 5) and CENOMAR? Thank you please respond :)

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  2. Hello.. just need clarrification.. I am planning to apply for British passport para sa baby ko while nag poprocess ako ng fiance visa.. Im just confused if this CRS form is a compulsary req? I am not sure if allowed n akong kumuha since di pa kame married ng papa nia.. hope to hear from you soon.. thanks

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    1. Anonymous,

      As far as I know, the CENOMAR is a requirement before getting married. As for the CRS form 5, pwede ka naman kumuha nun. wala nga lang lalabas dun sa certificate kapag di ka pa kinasal. Kasi list yun ng mga naging marriages mo.

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  3. ask ko lang po pano kong nag pa process pa lang ng annulment..pano mo explain sa immigration.

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    1. Im sorry pero dko alam sagot sa tanong mo.

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  4. Super thank you for the help.your blog is very helpful talaga.

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  5. Hi there! i would like to clarify..walang online application for "advisory on marriage"? Thanks a lot.

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    1. Im not sure if there is. Kasi when I went there, I had to specify that what I needed was the CRS Form 5.

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  6. Hello! Thank you for your information! I am immigration lawyer in Japan, and I am getting those document from Philippines. I understand how to process document at NSO (your photo is good for me to understand). Salamat po!

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  7. napaka informative ng blog na ito.. actually nag tatalo na kami ng partner ko about this.. kung ano bang tawag sa certificate na ito.. salamat po.

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  8. Hi there! Thank you for this post. I needed to get this advisory on marriage and so i landed to your site. Oh well, yan pala kailamgan pumunta sa nso coz cant get it online pala. Im just wondering how much time do i need to wait in queu for this doc. And i hardly can file leave from work. Sana matapos ko agad to. Thankies sa blog mo!

    Rona here of ronareviews.com

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    1. Go there super early kasi 4x ka pipila. Usually pinakamahabang pila naman yung last step. Pero may certain time of day mostly before lunch time mahaba na rin pila sa step 1 pa lang. Goodluck on your application!

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    2. I had to come back here to see your answer. Thanks!!

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  9. Hi,
    Is it always 4-5 working days for the release of CRS Form 5 compared to other NSO certificates na within the day din ang release? Thanks!

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    1. I think so. Just last March, I went back to NSO. This time to get my CENOMAR. Di talaga same day ang release compared to birth certs. Hope this helps.

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  10. pwede po mag tanong kung yung nasa picture po is AOM or CENOMAR?? or bka yan po ang fifill-upan pra mka kuha nang AOM?? maraming salamat po..

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    1. yan lang yung susulatan. the form to be released by NSO is different. =)

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  11. Pls po pa reply pwede po b kumuha neto kaht kakilala lang

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    1. Anyone can request cenomar or crs form 5.

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    2. mam tin zablan ... can you please tell us whats the requirements para kuhanin ito ??? kahit hindi kamag anak or kaano ano . friend ganun can you please send here some guides and requirements that needed

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    3. Hi "no name". Wala naman requirements for crs form 5 as long as alam mo yung names, birthdays, birthplace and parents ng husband and wife. Kasi yun ang isulat mo dun sa form. ANYONE CAN REQUEST FOR THIS FORM. KAHIT DI KAYO RELATED.

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  12. So P235 ang total na babayaran for CRS Form?

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  13. Hi, thankyou for this blog. really big help for me, Hindi ko din alam ang Advisory on Marriages kaya I searched and I read this blog about it, I was at the Makati City Hall earlier and i need to get my Birth Cert and Advisory on Marriages., Mabilis ko lang din na file and Nakuha yung BC ko, and Yes the AOM (CRS form 5) is the same FORM (the green one) pag mag aaply naman ng CENOMAR pag ikakasal. :) thanks alot Godbless. :)

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  14. Mam yung friend ko kase kinasal na sila sa japan . ang hinihingi nalang itong crs form.5 . kase yung nag padala sila ng para marriage record sa pinas .. kaso pag kumukuha sila ng crs form5 through internet laging ang lumalabas na padala lang is CERTIFICATE OF NO MARRIAGE . . kung ako po ba na hindi nila kamag anak is lalakarirn yung form na yun pag uwi ko ng pinas is makukuha ko yun form 5 na yun ?? ang tagal na kase nilang pinaprocess yung paper na yun .. pero wala paring nang yayari . yun nalang yung kulang nila .....

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    1. It just only means one thing dear. Hindi sila kasal sa mata ng NSO that is why cenomar ang lumalabas instead of the other one. Kahit ikaw pa ang magrequest niyan, (anyone can request btw, kahit d related) ganun pa rin ang matatanggap mo. Why dont you verify with NSO muna kung naifile ba yung marriage nila or naprocess na ba?

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  15. Hi mam tin? Amf ask q LNG po mgkaiba po ba ang cenomar at CRS form #5 ? Ang hnhingi kc sken na requirements sa religion q is CRSform#5 ..mron kc AQ cenomar lang..tenkyu po*_*

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    1. "As per my understanding, it is the document that states if you have been married (and how many times?). It is actually the counterpart of CENOMAR or the Certificate of No Marriage. "

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  16. good day! tanong ko lang maam kung maiden o married name ho ba gagamitin sa pagfill up ng crs form5

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  17. Hi Tin..yung form na pinakita yun ba ang fifill-apan, same sa cenomar? Then ang iretelease na doc ay yung with form no. 5?

    And dapat ba isa sa wife at isa sa husband ang kukunin para sa death claims..kasi I'm also assisting my friend with death claims..

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    1. Yes Joanna! I remember getting one for my brother and one for my sister-in-law.

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  18. san ba pwde kumuha ung crs form 4 or 5?

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  19. Hi ask lang po sana
    Kukuha po ako ng AOM (visa req.)
    Kailangan po ba na sa wife and husband? Iisa isa talaga ?

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    1. One document per person ang AOM. So kung yung sayo lang ang nirerequire ng Visa, then yun lang ang irequest mo sa NSO. Try to call the embassy to clarify what they require. =)

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  20. Is this a requirement of SSS for death claim? Or required due to absence of immediate beneficiary? Thanks in advance....

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    1. that's a requirement to prove that the one claiming is the rightful (husband or wife).

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  21. I am scheduled for an interview at the embassy. I am advised to get this AOM. Do I need to apply for 2 CRS form no.5. One for me and one for my wife?....My wife is in the US..Thank you for your advice..

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  22. Gandang gv po tanong ko lng sna kung wla p dn po bng online para mkapagrequest ng advisory on marriage tga bulacan po kc ako salamat po

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  23. Hello po ms tin..ask q lang po kc ung papers q is processing nasa nso para maka kuha ng cert of marriage woth annotation..sa feb 20 pa daw po ang release..ngaun po pwede na kaya aq kumuha ng advisory on marriages wwih annotation kht indi pa release ung sa nso?

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