How to Get Married in Pennsylvania

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So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Pennsylvania!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Pennsylvania!

How to Get Married in Pennsylvania

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: Marriage licenses are issued at the county level in Pennsylvania. Couples need to apply together at the County Courthouse in order to receive a license. All applicants will need to provide their social security number and a government issued photo ID. 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 official paperwork (a certified copy of the final divorce decree or the official annulment papers) that shows the marriage was dissolved. 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.

Pennsylvania does not require you or your fiance to get any blood or medical tests in order to get your marriage license. There is a three day waiting period for a license. Pennsylvania has no residency requirement and marriage applicants may use a license in any county.

Under 18: In Pennsylvania, the legal age to marry is 18. The only way for 16- and 17-year-olds to secure a marriage license is to obtain the consent of a custodial parent or guardian in front of the official who grants the license. Otherwise, parental consent must be certified by two witnesses and the parent's signature acknowledged by an appropriate law officer. Those younger than 16 must receive permission from the court, which will decide if the marriage is in the best interest of the minor.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: Currently, licenses are issued at the county level and the cost depends on where you apply. It is generally $50-$80 cash.

Officiants: A variety of government and religious officials can perform a marriage ceremony. Judges, justices and magisterial district judges (even retired judges) who have served the equivalent of at least a full term of office may officiate. Even bankruptcy judges who are residents of the commonwealth can do so. Mayors and former mayors may officiate wedding ceremonies, as can priests, rabbis and ministers of official, established congregations. Also, "every religious society, religious institution or religious organization … may join persons together in marriage when at least one of the persons is a member of the society, institution or organization, according to the rules and customs of the society, institution or organization". This law also indicates that two witnesses must observe a ceremony in which two marrying parties solemnize their own marriage in lieu of an officiant.

Valid: In Pennsylvania, a marriage license remains in effect for 60 days.

Equality Rights: Same sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very 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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