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A guide for Brides (and Grooms): How to Obtain a Pennsylvania Marriage License

Here are the most commonly asked questions, and the answers, regarding obtaining a marriage license in Pennsylvania.

  1. Where do we go to obtain a PA marriage license? 

You can obtain your license from the Marriage License Bureau (part of the Register of Wills) in any Pennsylvania County, regardless of where in PA your wedding will be held.

  1. When do we need to get our marriage license? 

A PA marriage license is valid for 60 days from the issue date, and must be acquired at least 3 days prior to the wedding date.

  1. Do we both need to be present to get the license? What do we need to bring with us to obtain the license? 
  • You do both need to be present to get the license.
  • Bring a photo ID and your social security numbers
  • If either applicant has had a name change or a previous marriage, bring documentation of these circumstances.
  • The county’s fee
  1. Where are the marriage bureaus near me? When are they open? Do any of them have evening hours?

Each County has its own application, fees, and hours of operation, though they are all similar.  Go to the county that is most convenient for you.

Philadelphia Register of Wills.  Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm Wednesday hours are from 8:30 am until 7:30 pm.

Montgomery County Register of Wills Open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 4:15 pm.

Delaware County Register of Wills Open Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Bucks County Register of Wills Open Monday through Friday 8:30am until 4:30 pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month open until 7:30pm. Closed 12:00 – 1:00pm each day.

Chester County Register of Wills Open Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:00pm.

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