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Pennsyvania 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 license application fee.

Philadelphia Marriage License Office

Philadelphia Marriage License Bureau
Broad and Market Streets
City Hall
Room 415
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 686-2233
8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. / M,T,Th,F
8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. / W
Closed for holidays.

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Marriage License in Philadelphia, PA

ID Requirement:

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 Philadelphia County. However, some counties may 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 Philadelphia County.

You can request a waiver of the waiting period. Send a letter as early as possible addressed to the Philadelphia 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 $15.00 fee in cash only for this service.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

The marriage license application in Philadelphia is $80.00*, payable by cash or money order.



Proxy Marriages in Pennsylvania:


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:

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.

Under 18:

If either of you are under 18 years of age, you must pay an additional $10.00, 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.


Any ordained minister, priest or rabbi of any regularly established church or congregation, Judges, Justices of Peace, and Philadelphia County Clerks or their appointed Deputies may perform wedding ceremonies. Mayors of cities and boroughs are also authorized to perform marriage ceremonies.

Self-Uniting Marriage License:

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

Additional Fees:


License is valid for sixty (60) days.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Copies of Pennsyvania birth certificates, Pennsyvania death certificates and public Pennsyvania marriage records (for marriage licenses that were issued in Pennsyvania). You may order copies of Pennsyvania vital records through USAVital on an expedited basis.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk 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.

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