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Pennsylvania Marriage Licenses and Blood Tests

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Pennsylvania marriage license.

You and your future spouse both have to appear at the clerk's office, fill out an application, sign it, and pay a license fee, depending on the county. You'll need to wait three (3) days before you can get your license.

In some counties, if can't speak English fluently you'll have to bring a translator with you to get the application.

If either person was previously married, he or she must show certified documents on how previous marriage ended such as divorce, annulment, or death.

Also, you don't have to have a physical examination or get a blood test to receive a marriage license in the Quaker State.

The following table highlights the main provisions of the Pennsylvania's marriage laws. See Marriage Laws Overview, prenuptial agreements, Tips for Marriage, and Marriage FAQs for more information.


Code Section Pennsylvania Marriage Laws, Title 23 et seq.
Where to Obtain a License Orphans' Court Clerk
Age Requirements

18 years old. Applicants between 16-18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to provide written consent to the marriage. Applicants under 16 years of age must have both the written approval of a judge of the Orphans' Court Division of the Common Pleas and a parent or legal guardian giving written consent.

Residency Requirement None
Identification Requirements
  • Both parties must have picture identification (driver's license, military ID, passport)
  • Both parties must provide typed proof of their social security number showing full name and Social Security number such as a Social Security card, W2 form, tax return, bank statement, or pay stub.
  • Visas are required for citizens of another country
Same Sex Marriage No
Blood Test Requirement


Fees Varies by county
How Long is the License Valid? 60 Days
Who Can Preside Over the Ceremony? Any ordained minister, priest or rabbi of any regularly established church or congregation, judges, and Justices of Peace may perform wedding ceremonies. Mayors of cities and boroughs are also authorized to perform marriage ceremonies.
Prior Marriage? If you've been married before, you'll need to present to the court your divorce decree.
Waiting Period Yes, three (3) business days
Where to Request Marriage Certificate or Divorce Decree Prothonotary's Office
Witnesses Two (2)
Other Marriage Restrictions Persons related by blood, up to and including first cousins, may not marry in Pennsylvania.

Because marriage laws can sometimes get complicated, it may also be a good idea to consult an experienced family law attorney if you have questions about your specific situation.



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