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The Marriage License Bureau is part of the Clerk of the Orhpans Court. The following are the legal requirements for obtaining a marriage license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania Marriage License Guidelines:

  1. All offices are open Monday through Friday.

  2. Each applicant for a marriage license must appear in person before the Clerk of Orphans' Court in order to complete the application for a license.

  3. There is a three day waiting period between the application for a marriage license and the issuance of the same, except in case of extraordinary circumstances when a Judge of the Orphans' Court may waive this requirement and authorize a license to be issued at any time before the third day following the making of the application.

    You can request a waiver of the waiting period. This may be obtained by phone, in the office or by mail. Send a letter as early as possible addressed to the County Register, requesting a Waiver and your reason why. Your letter should contain both names, a telephone number, proof of your wedding date (a wedding invitation will work), and a return address so a letter of confirmation to be sent to you. There is an additional fee for this service.

  4. If either applicant is under the age of eighteen years, the consent of a parent or guardian is required.

  5. If either applicant is under the age of sixteen years, the consent of a parent or guardian is required and a Judge of the Orphans' Court shall decide that it is to the best interest of such applicant and shall authorize the clerk of the Orphans' Court to issue this license.

  6. If either applicant has been previously married and that marriage was dissolved by divorce, a copy of the divorce decree must be presented at the time of application. If the previous marriage was dissolved by death, the date of death is required.

  7. You both will be asked for the following information: full name, address, social security number, date and place of birth, highest level of education, occupation, birth parent's names, addresses, place of birth and occupations.

  8. A marriage license is valid for a period of sixty days following its issuance.

  9. Fees for a marriage license varies by county, and is required at the time of application. Please check with your Clerk of Orphans' Court office for current marriage license fees.

  10. A form of photo identification is required at the time of application.

  11. A marriage license issued anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is only valid in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The marriage license cannot be used in other states.

  12. Pennsylvania has no provision for the registration of officiants to perform marriages. Selection of and arrangements for an Officiant to perform the marriage ceremony are the responsibility of the applicants. Applicants are advised that persons who have been ordained over the internet may not be persons permitted to perform marriages in Pennsylvania. A recent Court decision held that persons ordained over the Internet are not ministers as defined in the marriage law of Pennsylvania IF they do not regularly preach to a congregation that regularly meets at a place of worship. You are advised to consult an attorney concerning the legality of such marriages. Click here for policy concerning officiants of marriages.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

101 South Mercer St., Room 401
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: (724) 656-3100

In Pennsylvania copies of marriage records were required to be filed starting in 1885. Copies of these marriages may be obtained from the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued. There are three types of marriage records available. The first is a plain copy of the marriage record which is typically for family genealogy records or personal use. The second (one-seal) and third type (triple-seal) are for official purposes and used by the persons named in the records. Order Copies of Records Online

After 1906, all birth and death records are stored in the Vital Record Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

It is important that you verify all information with your Clerk of Orphans' Court before making any wedding or travel plans.

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.

To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

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Northwest Wilds Courthouses:

Cameron County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
20 East Fifth Street
Emporium, PA 15834
814.486.3349 ext. 3
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$40 cash only.
Clarion County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
421 Main St., Suite 24
Clarion, PA 16214
814.226.4000 ext. 2500
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$40 cash or check.
Clearfield County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
1 North Second Street, Suite #103
Clearfield, PA 16830
814.765.2641 ext. 8
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$25 cash or check.
Elk County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
240 Main St.
Ridgeway, PA 15853
8l4.776.5349
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$35 cash or check..
Forest County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
526 Elm Street #2
Tionesta, PA 16353
814.755.3526
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$25 cash only.
Jefferson County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
200 Main Street
Brookville, PA 15825
(814) 849-1610
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$45 cash or check.
McKean County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
500 Main Street
Smethport, PA 16749
814.887.3263
8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. / M - F
$40 cash only.
Potter County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
One East Second Street, Room 23
Coudersport, PA 16915
814.274.9740
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$50 cash only.
Tioga County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
118 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16091
570.724.9260
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$35 cash only.
Warren County Courthouse
Register & Recorder of Court
204 4th Ave.
Warren, PA 16365
814.728.3430
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$26 cash or check.


To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

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