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Marriage Licenses  »  Marriage License  »  Pennsylvania  »  Register of Wills  »  Westmoreland County, PA


Westmoreland County, PA

County of Westmoreland
Application Process

Marriage license fee: $70

Register & Clerk of Orphans’ Court
2 North Main Street, 3rd flr., Suite 301
Greensburg, PA 15601
724.830.3196
8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. / M, W, Th, F;
8:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Tu

(except for Court Approved Holidays)


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Application:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age in order to apply for a marriage license.

  • Apply at Marriage License Bureau of the Westmoreland County Register of Wills office.

  • Both applicants must be present to apply

  • Minors must have a Birth Certificate and a Consenter must be present

  • Social Security Numbers are REQUIRED at the time of application

  • Drivers license or Photo ID for applicants

  • Visas are required for citizens of another country

  • Applicants who have been previously married must provide the following information concerning the latest dissolution of prior marriages:

    • Divorces—In the case of a divorce, a certified divorce decree(s) must be presented which states:

      • Month, day and year of final decree

      • County and state where granted

      • Female (if last name differs from decree) must provide documents from Court of name change.

      • Foreign divorces require a certified English translation

    • Annulments– A certified copy of the annulment document is required which must include the same information as stated bove for divorce.

    • Widowed—The date of death of the deceased spouse is necessary

  • If you cannot speak English, an independent translator must accompany the applicants.

  • There is a three (3) day waiting period from the completion of the application process to the issuance of the license.

  • Marriage license fees vary from county to county. Please call the Westmoreland County Register of Wills office for their fees and other requirements.

  • A marriage license is valid for 60 days from date it is issued.

  • It is important that you verify all information with the Westmoreland County Register of Wills office before making any wedding or travel plans.



ID Requirement in Pennsylvania:

Applicants must produce the following identification:

  • A CURRENT, VALID PHOTO I.D. in the form of either a;

    • Driver’s License

    • State I.D.

    • International Driver’s License

    • Passport

    • Visa

    • Military I.D.

    • Resident Alien Card

    • Consulate Card

  • AND a Social Security card or any other form of I.D. issued by an official entity which reflects the applicant’s Social Security number (i.e. Social Security printout;

    • Pay Stub

    • W-2 form

    • Income Tax Return

    • Prescription Card

    • Access Card

  • If an applicant does NOT possess a Social Security number he/she must produce a Secondary I.D. in the form of a birth certificate (officially translated, if appropriate); or any other form of I.D. issued by an official entity, in addition to the above-noted current, valid photo I.D.


Please note: No application will be accepted without these documents.



Waiting Period in Pennsylvania:

  • There is a three (3) day waiting period from the completion of the application process to the issuance of the license.

  • The license will be given to you at the time of your application.

  • It cannot be used until the date of issuance, which is three (3) days later.

  • The issuance date appears on the license.

  • The three (3) day waiting period begins after both applicants appear in person together at the Marriage License Bureau.

  • If applying on Monday, the license will be ready on Thursday. If applying on Tuesday, the license will be ready on Friday. If applying on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, the license will be ready on Monday.

Apply: Pick up – on or after:
Monday Thursday
Tuesday Friday
Wednesday Monday
Thursday Monday
Friday Monday



Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Pennsylvania.



Previous Marriages:

  • If either applicant was previously married, proof of dissolution of the latest marriage must be submitted at the time of application.

  • A widowed applicant must submit a certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse.

  • A divorced applicant must provide a certified copy of the most recent divorce decree.

  • If either of the foregoing documents is not written in English it must be translated to English and the translation must be certified to be correct.



Marriage License Fees:

  • Marriage license fees in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vary from county to county. Please call the Westmoreland County Register of Wills office for their fees and other requirements.

  • Quaker/ Self-Uniting License fee varies by county. If you want this type of license, you need to inform the clerk before you begin the application process.




Proxy Marriages:

No.



Cousin Marriages:

No. See Pennsylvania Statutes, Title 23, Chapter 13, § 1304, section (e) for more information.



Common Law Marriages:

No. However, your common-law marriage will be recognized in Pennsylvania if it was created before January 1, 2005.



Blood test in Pennsylvania:

No blood test or physical exam is required.



Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.



Under 18:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age in order to apply for a marriage license.

  • Applicants between 16-18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to provide written consent to the marriage.

  • Applicants under 16 years of age must have both the written approval of a judge of the Orphans’ Court Division of the Common Pleas and a written consent from a parent or legal guardian.



Officiants in Pennsylvania:

  • Any ordained minister, priest or rabbi of any regularly established church or congregation, Judges, and Justices of Peace may perform wedding ceremonies. Mayors of cities and boroughs are also authorized to perform marriage ceremonies.
    See Pennsylvania Statutes, Title 23, Chapter 15 for more information.

  • The officiant performing the marriage ceremony must complete and file the marriage return – the bottom portion of the marriage license – with the marriage license office that issued the license within ten (10) days of the date of the ceremony. A marriage record will not exist if the officiant who performs the marriage fails to file this document.



Self-Uniting Marriage License:

Yes. If you want this type of license, you need to inform the clerk before you begin the application process.


Witnesses:

No.



License Validity Time:

  • A marriage license is valid for 60 days from date it is issued.

  • The marriage license can be used in any county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania



Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

101 South Mercer St., Room 401
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16101
Ph: 724.656.3100


Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. For more information regarding Pennsylvania marriage license records please visit www.pa.gov.