Apply For A Pennsylvania Marriage License

Do I need a marriage license to get married in Pennsylvania?

Yes, all couples will need to apply for and receive a marriage license before their wedding in order to be legally married in Pennsylvania. Marriage licenses are issued at the county level in Pennsylvania. You and your fiance will need to apply together at the County Courthouse in order to receive your license.

What will we need to bring with us?

All applicants will need to provide their social security number and a government issued photo ID for the marriage license in Pennsylvania to be issued. Foreign nationals will need to present a current and unexpired passport. If this is not your first marriage and your previous marriage ended in divorce or annulment, you will also need to bring the official paperwork that shows the marriage was dissolved. This means a certified copy of the final divorce decree or the official annulment papers. If the previous marriage ended in a foreign country and the paperwork is not in English, you will need to provide an official translation as well.

Do we need to get blood tests done before we apply for our marriage license?

No, Pennsylvania does not require you or your fiance to get any blood or medical tests in order to get your marriage license.

Does Pennsylvania have a waiting period for the license?

Yes, the Register of Wills will not issue the license until three days after you file the application. This means that you will need to apply for your license at least three days before your wedding. Under certain circumstances, a judge may waive the waiting period upon application.

How much does a Pennsylvania marriage license cost?

Because the licenses are issued at the county level, the cost depends on where you apply. For example, Centre County charges $50 while Bucks County charges $60. Your local County Register of Wills will have more information on the license fee in your county, as well as the cost of any additional fees that you may need to pay to get your marriage license such as translation services and certified copies.


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