The definition of Marriage in the Commonwealth of PA is as follows:
“Marriage,” "A civil contract by which one man and one woman take each other for husband and wife.” (23 Pa C.S.A.1102)
Both applicants must appear together in person before the marriage license clerk.
A $60.00 cash fee is required when applying for the marriage license.
Both applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Anyone who is under the age of 18 must have their custodial parent accompany them to sign a permission form, and there is an additional $20.00 fee.
If there were any prior marriages dissolved by death or divorce, proof of death or a certified copy of the last divorce decree must be shown. You cannot apply for your marriage license unless a divorce decree was granted at least 30 days before you apply.
The marriage license will be issued at the time of application, but is not valid for three days after application. The marriage license is only valid for 60 days.
If you are a Citizen of the United States of America the following documents are required.
Photo Identification when applying, such as a driver’s license or passport is acceptable, also social security numbers are required.
If you are not a citizen of the United States of America and are applying for a marriage license while visiting our country, you must present to the Marriage license clerk valid proof that you are of current legal status; such as, a valid Passport with a valid Visa, and or Green card. If you have been married before, you must present a certified document proving that the marriage was dissolved by divorce or death. If these documents are not in English, it is necessary that the document be translated into English. A notarized affidavit of the translator is required as verification in support of the document. It is the responsibility of the couple to bring to our attention any other particular circumstances regarding their application, in order for our office to assist you in the process of acquiring a marriage license from Delaware County.
The applicants will also be responsible for providing an independent interpreter (i.e., a third party) if either applicant does not speak English. (An extra fee of $20.00 will be due.)
Office hours are 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday thru Friday. There are no weekend hours.
For further information, please call 610-891-4548.
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