Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court Division

Marriage Licenses Applications in Delaware County


Office hours are 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday thru Friday.

Couples applying for a marriage licenses, please arrive no later than 3:30 PM.

For further information, please call 610-891-4548 or 4547.

Effective August 1, 2018 couples applying for a marriage license will have the ability to begin the application process online and submit it to our office electronically.  In addition to being able to begin the application at home, (or wherever they have internet access) couples also will be able to use two freestanding computer terminals here in our office to begin the application process.  All of this will greatly expedite the application process and will allow couples to gather the family history information they need (e.g., their parents’ birthplace, occupation(s) and mother’s maiden name), before they get to the office.   It is still necessary for both of the applicants to come to the office in person in order to be sworn in and to be issued the actual license.  Please remember that there is a three-day waiting period from the date the license is issued before you can be married.  Apply for a Marriage License Online

If you have questions or need assistance, please call our office at 610-4547 or 4548 and speak to one of our Marriage License Clerks.

How do I get a copy of my Marriage License?

Applicants must appear together in person before the marriage license clerk.

The fee for a marriage license is $60.00. You may pay by:

  • Check or Money Order ($60.00)
  • Credit or Debit Card ($60.00 + $1.80 Convenience fee = $ 61.80)

**Checks or Money Orders will not be accepted.

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.

Photo Identification, such as a valid driver's license or valid passport is required, in addition, you must present your social security number if you have one, although the card is not required. If you have been married before, you must present a certified document proving that the marriage was dissolved by divorce or an original death certificate. 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.

Office hours are 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday thru Friday. There are no weekend hours. Couples applying for a marriage license, please arrive no later than 3:30 PM.

For further information, please call 610-891-4548 or 4547.

Notice Regarding Officiants:

The Delaware County Orphans' Court does not determine who is recognized as an officiant to solemnize a marriage.We also cannot recommend an officiant.The PA Marriage Law, Title 23 Pa.C.S. §1503, states who is qualified to officiate a marriage ceremony in Pennsylvania.It is the couples' responsibility to arrange the ceremony and ensure the validity of the officiant.If you choose to be married by someone other than the officials specifically authorized by the statute, the burden of proof regarding the legality (or lack thereof )of your marriage will be upon you should future issues arise. If you are unsure of whether a particular person is authorized under the statute to perform the ceremony, you should contact an attorney.

Officials who can perform marriages include, but may not be limited to: Clergy with a congregation, Mayor or Former Mayor, and District Judge/Magistrate Judge (Main number 610-565-6990).