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Pennsylvania Marriage

UPDATED: November 30, 2010

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Pennsylvania marriage laws dictate what a couple must do to obtain a valid marriage license in the state. Minors must get parental consent, and those 15 and younger must also get court approval in order to marry. Meanwhile, divorced individuals must present a certified copy of the divorce decree. The following are additional details on the Pennsylvania requirements for getting a marriage license.


Pennsylvania Marriage Consent Laws

  • With Parental Consent: 16 and 17 year-olds must obtain parental consent to marry in Pennsylvania. Additionally, they must provide a certified copy of their birth certificate and pay an extra $5 fee. Minors 15 and younger must, besides parental consent, get a court order from a judge of the Orphans’ Court.
  • Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older may marry in Pennsylvania without parental consent.


Pennsylvania Common Law Marriage

Pennsylvania does not recognize common law marriages. However, the state does continue to recognize common law marriages that were created in Pennsylvania before 2005.


Pennsylvania Marriage License

  • Residency:  No residency requirement.
  • Tests: None.
  • Identification Required:  Driver’s license or other standard form of identification, and a social security number must also be provided.
  • Appearance/Proxy:  Proxy marriages are not allowed in Pennsylvania. Both parties must be present at the time of application.
  • Previous Marriages:  Divorced individuals must present a certified copy of their divorce decree, while widows need to provide the date of the death of their former spouse.
  • Length of License:  60 days from the time of issuance.
  • Fees:  Generally $80, payable in cash only.
  • Authorized Pennsylvania Officiants:  Judges, county clerks, justices of the peace, and any ordained minister.

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