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Marriage license Laws in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Pennsylvania marriage laws before filling out the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania marriage license application.

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

Allentown 
Beaver 
Bedford 
Bellefonte 
Bloomsburg 
Brookville 
Butler 
Carlisle 
Chambersburg 
Clarion 
Clearfield 
Coudersport 
Danville 
Doylestown 
Easton 
Ebensburg 
Emporium 
Erie 
Franklin 
Gettysburg 
Greensburg 
Harrisburg 
Hollidaysburg 
Honesdale 
Huntingdon 
Indiana 
Jim Thorpe 
Kittanning 
La Porte 
Lancaster 
Lebanon 
Lewisburg 
Lewistown 
Lock Haven 
McConnellsburg 
Meadville 
Media 
Mercer 
Middleburg 
Mifflintown 
Milford 
Montrose 
New Bloomfield 
Newcastle 
Norristown 
Philadelphia 
Pittsburgh 
Pottsville 
Reading 
Ridgway 
Scranton 
Smethport 
Somerset 
Stroudsburg 
Sunbury 
Tionesta 
Towanda 
Tunkhannock 
Uniontown 
Warren 
Washington 
Waynesburg 
Wellsboro 
West Chester 
Wilkes-Barre 
Williamsport 
York 

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Pennsylvania Marriage License Rules:

Every couple that intends to get married in Pennsylvania must apply for a marriage license, and there are certain rules that govern who may get a marriage license, how to get it and when it is valid.

Who Can Get Married in Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania recognizes heterosexual marriages between a man and a woman who are not currently married to other parties. The couple that wish to be married cannot be related as first cousins, parent and child, siblings, aunt and nephew, uncle and niece, or grandparent and grandchild. A person must be at least 18 years old in order to get married without consent of an adult. A child who is 16 or 17 can get married with the consent of a parent. A child under the age of 16 can get married with the consent of a judge and a parent.

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.

How to Apply:

Both man and woman must go, in person, to the county courthouse in order to apply for a marriage license. Each person should bring a driver's license or official photo identification as well as proof of Social Security number. A license fee will be required when you submit your application. Throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, marriage license fees 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. If either party has been previously married, he or she must also bring proof that the previous marriage has ended, such as a divorce decree or the date on which the former spouse died, if a widower.

Marriage License Validity:

A marriage license has a three-day waiting period in Pennsylvania. The physical license can be picked up at the county courthouse, or you can request to receive it by mail. The license is valid for 60 days. If the marriage has not taken place before the expiration of those 60 days, then the couple must apply for a new license. A marriage license obtained in Pennsylvania may be used for a wedding in any county in Pennsylvania, not just the county in which the application was submitted.

The wedding must be officiated by:
A copy of the marriage license must be signed and certified by the person officiating the wedding, and given to the county court that issued the license within 10 days of the wedding. If the certificate is not returned in time, the wedding may not be considered valid, and the couple may have to apply for a new marriage license.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

The fee for a marriage license varies by county and is required at the time of application. Please call the county Clerk of Orphans' Court or Register of Wills office in which you will be applying for their fees and other requirements.

Additional Fees:

Proxy Marriages:

No. Both parties must be present.

Common Law Marriage:

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

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 Register of Wills or Clerk of Orphans' Court office 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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Pennsylvania County Courthouses

Adams County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
117 Baltimore St., Rm. 103
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717.337.9806
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$60 cash or check.
Allegheny County-City Bldg.
Marriage License Bureau, 1st flr.
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2741
412.350.4230
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$85 cash only.
Armstrong County Courthouse
Clerk of Orphans Court
500 E Market Street
Kittanning, PA 16201
724.548.3256
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. / M - F
$66 cash only.
Beaver County Courthouse
Register of Wills
810 Third St., 1st flr.
Beaver, PA 15009
724.770.4548
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$60 cash only
Bedford County Courthouse
Register of Wills
203 S Juliana Street
Bedford, PA 15522
814.623.4833
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$45 cash only.
Berks County Marriage Bureau
Register of Wills
633 Court St., 2nd flr.
Reading, PA 19601
610.478.6617
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / M - F
$55 cash, check, Visa and Mastercard.
Blair County Courthouse
Prothonotary Office
423 Allegheny St., # 144
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
814.693.3080
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. / M - F
$48 cash only.
Bradford County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
301 Main St.
Towanda, PA 18848
570.265.1702
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$46 cash only.
Bucks County Gov't Center
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
55 E. Court Street
3rd Floor, Administration Building
Doylestown, PA 18901
215.348.6271
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$60 cash or money order.

Butler County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
Government Center, Level L
124 West Diamond St.
Butler, PA 16001
724.285.4731
724-284-5379 marriage info. line
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$60 cash only.
Cambria County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
814.472.5440, ext. 243
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$45 cash only.
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.
Carbon County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
1 Hazard Square, 1st floor
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
570.325.2261
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$50 cash or money order.


Centre County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
414 Holmes St., Suite #2
Willow Bank Office Building
Bellefonte, PA 16823
814.355.6724
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / M - F
$50 cash, check or money order.

Chester County Justice Center
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
201 W. Market Street
Suite 2200
West Chester, PA 19380
610.344.6335
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$75 cash only.
Clarion County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
421 Main Street
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.
Clinton County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
230 E Water Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
570.893.4010
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / M, T, Th, F;
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / W
$35 cash or check.
Columbia County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
35 W Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570.389.5615
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$44 cash, check or money order.
Crawford County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
903 Diamond Park
Meadville, PA 16335
814.333.7442
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$57.50 cash or money order.
Cumberland County Gov't Center
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
1 Courthouse Square, Rm. 102
Carlisle, PA 17013
717.240.6345 / 888.697.0371 x 6345
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$45 cash only.
Dauphin County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
101 Market St., 1st flr., Rm. 103
Harrisburg, PA 17101
717.780.6506
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$55 cash only.
Delaware County Gov't Center
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
201 W. Front Street
Government Center Bldg.
Media, PA 19063
610.891.4548
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$60 cash only.

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.


Erie County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
140 W Sixth Street
Room 123
Erie, PA 16501
814.451.6264
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$45 cash only.


Fayette County Courthouse
Register of Wills
61 East Main Street
Uniontown, PA 15401
724.430.1206
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Note: Please arrive by 3:45 p.m.
$40 cash only.

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.
Franklin County Courthouse
Clerk of Orphan's Court Office
157 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA 17201
717.261.3805
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$55 cash only.
Fulton County Courthouse
Prothonotary Office
201 North Second Street
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
717.485.4212
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$45 cash only.
Greene County Courthouse
Clerk of Courts
10 East High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
724.852.5281 or 724.852.5282
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$26 cash only.
Huntingdon County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
223 Penn Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814.643.2740
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$30 cash only.
Indiana County Courthouse
Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts
825 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
724.465.3860
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$45 cash or check.
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.

Juniata County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
1 North Main Street
Mifflintown, PA 17059
717.436.7709
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F;
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / W: June - Sept.
$45 cash or check.
Lackawanna County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
Scranton Electric Building
507 Linden St., Suite 400
Scranton, PA 18503
570.963.6702
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$55 cash only.

Lancaster County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
50 North Duke St., 2nd floor
Lancaster, PA 17602
717.295.3533
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$40 cash only.


Lawrence County Gov't Center
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
430 Court Street
New Castle, PA 16101
724.658.2541
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$51 cash only.
Lebanon County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
400 South Eighth St., Rm. 105
Lebanon, PA 17042
717.228.4415
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$70 cash only.
Lehigh County Courthouse
Orphans' Court Division
455 W. Hamilton Street
Room 123.5
Allentown, PA 18105
610.782.3173
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
Note: Please arrive by 4:00 p.m.
$50 cash, credit or debit.
Luzerne County Courthouse
Register of Wills
Penn Place Annex
20 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
570.825.1668
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. / M - F
$50 cash only.
Lycoming County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
48 W. Third St. 1st floor
Williamsport, PA 17701
570.327.2263
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / M - F
$30 cash or check.
Mc Kean 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.
Mercer County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
100 North Diamond Street
Mercer, PA 16137
724.662.7548
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Note: Pleas arrive by 4:00 p.m.
$45 cash or money order.

Mifflin County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
20 N. Wayne Street
Lewistown, PA 17044
717.242.1449
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$50 cash only.


Monroe County Courthouse
Register of Wills
7th & Monroe Streets
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
570.517.3385
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$40 cash only.


Montgomery County Marriage Bureau
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
One Montgomery Plaza
4th floor
Norristown, PA 19404
610.278.3414 or 292.4965
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. / M - F
$45 cash only.

Montour County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
29 Mill Street
Danville, PA 17821
570.271.3010
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$50 cash or check.


Northampton County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
669 Washington St.
Government Center
Easton, PA 18042
610.559.3094 or 95
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$50 cash only.

Northumberland County
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
201 Market Street
Sunbury, PA 17801
570.988.4143
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$50 cash only.
Perry County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
2 East Main Street
New Bloomfield, PA 17068
717.582.2131 ext. 2237
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$40.00 cash or check.
Philadelphia Marriage License Bureau
Register of Wills
Broad & Market Streets
City Hall Rm. 415
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.686.2233
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M, T, Th, F;
8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. / W
$80 cash or money order.

Pike County Courthouse
Clerk of Orphans' Court
412 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
570.296.7231 ext. 1210
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$28 cash only.



Potter County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
One East Second St., Rm. 23
Coudersport, PA 16915
814.274.9740
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$50 cash only.
Schuylkill County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
401 N 2nd Street 1st Flr.
Pottsville, PA 17901
570.628.1382
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$40 cash only.
Snyder County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
9 W. Market Street
Middleburg, PA 17842
570.837.4202
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$39 cash or check.


Somerset County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
111 East Union Street
Suite 145
Somerset, PA 15501
814.445.1548
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$60 cash only.

Sullivan County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
245 Muncy Street
LaPorte, PA 18626
570.946.7351
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$35.50 cash only.


Susquehanna County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
105 Maple Street
Montrose, PA 18801
570.278.4600
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Note: Please arrive by 4:00 p.m.
$31 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.
Union County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
103 S 2nd Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
570.524.8630
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$40 cash only.
Venango County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
1168 Liberty St, 1st Floor
Franklin, PA 16323
814.432.9539
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Note: Please arrive by 4:00 p.m.
$40 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.


Wash. County Court of Common Pleas
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
1 South Main Street
Suite 1002
Washington, PA 15301
724.228.6775
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$40 cash only.
Wayne County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
925 Court St., 2nd flr. Annex
Honesdale, PA 18431
570.253.5970 ext. 1220
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. / M - F
$35 cash or check.

Westmoreland County Courthouse
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
$70 cash only.
Wyoming County Courthouse
Register & Clerk of Orphans' Court
1 Courthouse Square
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
570.996.2232
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / M - F
$40.50 cash only.

York County Judicial Center
Clerk of Orphan's Court
Marriage License Bureau
45 North George St., 2nd flr.
York, PA 17401
717.771.9288
8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. / M - F
$50.00 cash only.

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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