How Do You Apply for a Marriage License in PA?


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According to the City of Philadelphia, a marriage license is obtained by completing an application online or in person. Both parties must appear together at a city hall or local marriage bureau to complete the marriage license. Applicants must show current, valid photo identification such as a driver's license, as well as a Social Security card or other proof of their Social Security number.

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Allegheny County's Marriage License Bureau explains that a marriage license issued by any county in Pennsylvania is valid anywhere within the state. After a three-day waiting period, the marriage license is valid for 60 days. However, they encourage applicants to apply two to three weeks before a wedding. Licenses granted within Pennsylvania are not valid for marriages conducted outside the state.

Pennsylvania law allows heterosexual and same-sex couples over 18 to marry. As of 2014, Adams County, Pa., notes that the online marriage license application has not been updated for same-sex application information. However, same-sex applicants can still apply for a marriage license. Additionally, the county requires any applicant who has been previously married to prove that the marriage has ended. Applicants should provide certified copies of divorce decrees or certificates of death when they appear in person to complete the marriage license.

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