Apply For A Lancaster Marriage License
We want to get our marriage license in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Where do we apply?
You can apply for your marriage license at the Lancaster County Clerk of Orphans’ Court office. You will need to go to the office together in person, submit a marriage license application, and pay the required fee to receive your marriage license. You will find the Lancaster County Clerk of Orphans’ Court office on the second floor of the Lancaster County Courthouse, located at 50 North Duke Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information about marriage licenses is available online at Lancaster Marriage License.
What are the requirements for a marriage license in Lancaster, Pennsylvania?
You must both be single and at least 18 years old to meet the basic requirements to be issued a marriage license in Lancaster. The Lancaster County Clerk of Orphans’ Court office will require that you present a valid photo I.D. and give your social security number when you go to apply. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you cannot be issued a marriage license without parental consent. If you are 15 years old, you cannot be issued a marriage license in Lancaster without a court order as well as parental consent.
What are the requirements if either of us has been married previously?
If either of you has been married previously, the Lancaster County Clerk of Orphans’ Court office will require that you present either the divorce decree or the death certificate relating to the end of the previous marriage.
Is there a waiting period in Lancaster, Pennsylvania?
There is a waiting period of 3 days after your marriage license is issued before you can have your marriage ceremony. After the waiting period has passed, you can have your marriage ceremony anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania. Your marriage license will be valid for 60 days. If you do not have your marriage ceremony before your marriage license expires, you will need to apply for a new marriage license at the Lancaster County Clerk of Orphans’ Court office.
Are blood tests required?
No, blood tests are not required as part of the marriage license application in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
What is the cost of a marriage license in Lancaster, Pennsylvania?
There is a $40.00 cash filing fee when you apply for your marriage license in Lancaster.
Can we be married by anyone we want in Lancaster, Pennsylvania?
You may be married by anyone who is legally authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in Pennsylvania. Judges, county clerks, justices of the peace, and ordained members of religious clergy are all legally authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in Pennsylvania.
How do we get our marriage certificate in Lancaster, Pennsylvania?
Once your marriage license has been returned to the Lancaster County Clerk of Orphans’ Court office and recorded, you can order a certified copy of your marriage certificate for a fee of $10.00 each copy. You can place your order in person or by mail. Go to Lancaster Marriage License to learn more.
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