Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a marriage license application Lehigh County. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.
It is important that you verify all information with the Lehigh County Clerk of the Orphans' Court before making any wedding or travel plans.
Lehigh County Courthouse Orphans' Court Division 455 West Hamilton St., Rm. 123.5 Allentown, PA 18105 610.782.3173 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / M - F Note: Please arrive by 4:00 p.m. $50 cash, credit or debit.
Closed for holidays.
Applicants for a marriage license must appear together in person.
The cost of the application is $50.00. Certified copies of the marriage license record can be pre-ordered at the time of application at a cost of $10.00 each. Acceptable forms of payment include, cash, credit or debit - MasterCard, Visa or Discover cards (a $2.00 service charge per $100.00 will be assessed for payment by credit/debit cards.). Checks are NOT accepted..
Each applicant must present a form of identification; either a birth certificate or driver's license, and a social security card or W-2 Form. (the latter is a statutory requirement effective January 1, 1998). Any applicant unwilling to produce his or her Social Security card or W-2 Form at the time of application will be denied a marriage license. Additional proof of identity may be required if circumstances so warrant.
Non-US citizens must produce their green card, passport, or birth certificate (translated to English), together with one other form of acceptable ID. Any non-US Citizen who possesses a Social Security card must present the card at time of application.
If either applicant cannot speak or understand English, an interpreter is required. Applicants may bring an interpreter of their choosing who is at least 18 years old, however, one applicant cannot act as interpreter for the other applicant. If the applicants wish the court to provide an interpreter, arrangements therefore must be made in advance by calling the Marriage License Clerk to schedule a time for application when an interpreter can be present.
Any previously married applicant must produce evidence of the prior marriage's dissolution in the form of a certified copy of a divorce decree (the date of which must be at least thirty days prior to the application date) or a death certificate (or obituary from a newspaper of general circulation).
As of June 26, 1997 there is no requirement that applicants have a physical or blood tests.
Issuance & Validity
There is a three-day waiting period from the date of application until the date of issuance of a license.
Once issued, a marriage license is valid for 60 days anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Applicants need not be residents of the county in which they apply for a marriage license unless one of them is a minor.
If either applicant is 16 or 17 years old, one or both of his or her parents must sign a consent form. Such applicants must provide a long form birth certificate reflecting the birth parents names. If the minor applicant's parents are not married to each other, the parent with legal custody must consent.
If either minor applicant is 15 years old or younger, in addition to the parental consent requirement, a hearing will be scheduled to obtain the judge's consent to the issuance of a marriage license.
In the event that a marriage license is either denied or expires without being used, the application fee is non-refundable
No. However, your common-law marriage will be recognized in Pennsylvania if it was created before January 1, 2005.
Same Sex Marriages:
Yes. Same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania became legal on May 20, 2014, when a U.S. federal district court judge ruled that the states' 1996 statutory ban on recognising same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
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