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How Much a Marriage License Cost?

Pennsylvania law requires a couple to obtain a marriage license in order to have a legally binding wedding ceremony. Some states require a medical examination or blood tests in order to obtain a license. All require proof of identification and a marriage license application fee.

The cost for a Pennsylvania marriage license varies by county and is required at the time of application. It will cost you between $45 and $85 to get married in Pennsylvania. Each county sets its own fee for a marriage license.

The fee paid should cover application processing and at least one copy of the marriage license.

Please call the county Clerk of Orphans' Court or Register of Wills office in which you will be applying for their cost and other requirements. Some counties accept cash, checks, and money orders but some ONLY ACCEPT CASH so please call to verify whether or not you need cash.

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Marriage License in Pennsylvania

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.

When to apply:

Where to apply:

What is required:

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

Divorces:

Annulments:

Widowed:

Additional Fees:

Tests:

None.

Proxy Marriages in Pennsylvania:

No.

Cousin Marriages in Pennsylvania:

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.

Out-Of-State Marriages:

If the marriage of a Pennsylvania resident is to take place in another state or United States territory, the marriage requirements for that state or territory apply to both parties.

A license obtained in Pennsylvania may only be used in this state. The applicant may apply in any county and be married in any other county. (Such as applying in Allegheny County and being married in Philadelphia.)

To obtain specific information on the out-of-state requirements, which often differ from those of Pennsylvania, contact the Bureau of Laboratories at (215) 363-8500 or the state or territory where the ceremony is to be performed.

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.

Who Must File The Marriage Return?

The officiate performing the marriage ceremony must file the Marriage Return with the Marriage License Bureau which issued the license, within ten (10) days of the date of the ceremony. A marriage record will not exist if the officiate who performs the marriage fails to file this document. Upon request, the Marriage License Bureau will inform the couples whether their marriage return has been filed and recorded.

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.

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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