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Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a marriage license application in Berks County. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your marriage ceremony date.

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

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. We accept cash, check, Visa and Mastercard.
Closed for holidays.

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Marriage License in Berks County

You will need to present photo identification such as your driver's license, state ID, or passport. Social Security numbers will be requested.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Pennsylvania. However, some counties require that you both speak English or bring with you someone who can translate.

Previous Marriages:

You will need to show a certified copy of the final divorce decree, with court raised seal, of your divorce or annulment decree or know the date of death of a deceased spouse.

If you have resumed your maiden name, related documents must be shown. Foreign documents must be translated into English.

Waiting Period:

There's a three (3) day waiting period in Pennsylvania.

No license to marry will be issued until the end of the third day following the date you apply. The following schedule is utilized by the Register of Wills concerning the mandatory three-day waiting period. However, when the pick-up day is a legal holiday recognized by the County of Berks, the license will be available on the day following the holiday.

Application Day
Pick-up or Mail-out day
Monday Thursday
Tuesday Friday
Wednesday Monday
Thursday Monday
Friday Monday

Military 3 day Waiver:

In an emergency or where extraordinary circumstances exist, a Judge of the Orphans' Court Division, upon petition on a form supplied by the Clerk, may grant a waiver of the three-day waiting period.

A military applicant on active duty upon short leave may obtain a waiver of the three-day waiting period upon petition made in person through the Orphans' Court Clerk to a Judge of the Orphans' Court Division.

A copy of military orders may be required at the time of application. There is no fee for an active military waiver.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

The marriage license fee is $55. We accept cash, check, Visa and Mastercard.

Other Tests:

None.

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.

Same Sex Marriages:

No.

Under 18:

If either of you are under 18 years of age, you must pay an additional fee, show your Birth Certificate, and have the written consent of a parent or guardian. Anyone under 16 years of age needs parental consent and the approval of a Judge of the Orphans Court.

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.

Officiants:

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.

Self-Uniting Marriage License:

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

Miscellaneous:

A Pennsylvania marriage license is valid for sixty (60) days. What this means is you two have 60 days to get married and have your marriage license officially recorded. If you wait past that time frame, you can't get married without applying for and paying for another marriage license.

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.

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