Planning to Marry
PREVIOUSLY MARRIED? 
 REMARRIAGES -Applicants who have previously married MUST HAVE:
  • CERTIFIED COPY of death certificate (if widowed).
  • CERTIFIED COPY of Divorce Decree dated more than 30 days prior to application date. *If female applicant is divorced and has changed her name, she must have documentation of name. If applicant does not have the original Decree, s/he must obtain a CERTIFIED copy of the decree (with a court seal). Photocopies are NOT acceptable. Foreign divorce decree MUST HAVE a CERTIFIED ENGLISH TRANSLATION attached.

Civil annulments require same documentation as divorces.. (Church annulments are NOT accepted).

WAIVER OF 3 DAY WAITING PERIOD
If a couple wishes to waive the standard 3-day waiting period on a Marriage License by obtaining a signed Order of Court from the Judge, there is an additional $5.00 fee and requires an appointment with the Judge and a justifiable reason for the waiver. 

To request an appointment with a Judge to request a 3-Day Waiver, please contact the Court Administrator's Office at 717-337-9846. 
 
For any further questions regarding how to obtain a PA Marriage License, please contact the Clerk of Courts Office at 717-337-9806.   
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Fees
Marriage license application is $65.50 payable by cash, check or debit/credit card (located at kiosk in lobby of the courthouse) and includes a certified copy of the license.
Please note there is a $31.00 return check fee if the bank returns the check for any reason.
Marriage license fees and hours vary from county to county. Please call the county in which you intend on applying for more information.

Premarital Checklist

Do you have ONE of the following? 

Valid Identification

  • Photo driver's license
  • State photo ID card
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Active military ID

AND 

1.Social Security Number
2.Confirmation number (if applied online)
3.CASH OR CHECK for license fee
4.CERTIFIED copy of Divorce Decree (if applicable)
5.CERTIFIED Name Change (if applicable)
6.CERTIFIED copy of death certificate (if applicable)
7.Custodial parent(s)(with ID and proof of custody if applicable)
8.Full name, address, occupation, and birthplace of each parent (required regardless of age)