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The Pennsylvania Marriage License Process Demystified

Pennsylvania marriage license tips

As you prepare to get married in Pennsylvania, questions about the marriage license application process begin to pop up.  Where and when do you file?  Are there any required tests?  No need to be stressed…we have the full scoop!


Both you and your soon-to-be spouse will need to file your application in person at the county clerk’s office.  The expression “cash is king” is rather fitting for those applying for a marriage license in Pennsylvania, as most offices will only accept cash payment for your filing fee.  The majority of Pennsylvania counties charge $40 or more for a marriage license application to be processed, so a trip to the ATM machine pre-filing is highly advisable.


Another tip: have all of your official paperwork in order before applying for your marriage license.  All offices require both of you to present your photo ID, a document with your current address (such as a utility bill) and social security cards.

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