How to Get a Marriage License in Pennsylvania
If you are planning to get married in Pennsylvania, please note that the state of Pennsylvania requires engaged couples to meet specific criteria. You and your fiance other will have to file a joint application for a marriage license before the wedding ceremony to make sure that the state legally recognizes the union. There is a three day waiting period before you can request for a waiver.
What you have to do to obtain a marriage license in Pennsylvania
1. Meet the age requirements
If you want to get married in Pennsylvania, you and your fiance must be 18 years old or older with a government-issued photo ID as proof of age or follow the procedures for an underage marriage. Make a note that it is entirely legal to get married if you are 16 or 17 years old, as well, but you need parental consent before a marriage license can be issued to you. The state will require an original copy of the underage brides or groom’s birth certificate.
2. Apply for a Pennsylvania marriage license
You and your soon to be spouse must first apply for a marriage license application at their nearest Marriage License Bureau of the Register of Wills and complete the application process. It needs to be done to get married in Pennsylvania 2 or 3 weeks before the date of the wedding at least. Both of you need to be present while applying for a license.
3. Keep all your legal documents ready
Gather all the required materials before you apply for your marriage license. Along with a government-issued photo ID, there are several other documents that you may need to submit depending on your situation. The first is a recent and valid form of photo identification. The identification can either be your driver’s license, a state-issued ID card, passport, military ID, and so on. The second is either your social security number or an official document that shows your social security number.
Both you and your fiance should provide evidence that any prior marriages have been lawfully ended through annulment, divorce or death. The bride and groom should not be legally married to any other individual at the time of application.
5. Same-sex marriage is legal
Same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania as of May 20, 2014.
6. Carefully read through and complete the application
Read through the application diligently and complete the application. See to it that all of the information that you write while filling out the form is true and accurate. Ensure that you have not made mistakes.
7. You don’t have to be a resident of Pennsylvania
It is not mandatory for you or your fiance to be a resident of Pennsylvania to acquire a marriage license. You will, however, need to speak in English or get someone to translate for you.
8. There is a 72 hour waiting period
You can pick up your marriage license in 72 hours since Pennsylvania requires a waiting period. It could take four or five days to receive your marriage license depending on when you apply for it. You can get married within 60 days of receiving the marriage license as the marriage licenses in Pennsylvania are valid for 60 days, during which time the marriage must be solemnized, and the marriage license that is complete is returned to the county register of wills.
By this time you will be happily married, and if you want to check your marriage records, you will need to contact the Marriage License Clerk, in the county courthouse in the county where the license was issued.