How to get a marriage license in Lancaster County PA

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in All Articles, Local Area Articles, Weddings and Party Articles

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Applicants who don’t speak English may not translate for each other. A third party translator, 18 or older, must be present with valid ID at the time of application.

Both parties must appear in person to apply for a license.

When to Apply

Both parties should be present in our office with required documents ready by 4:15 p.m.
Licenses are valid for 60 days from issue date
Marriage licenses are valid on the third day following application
Waiting times may be longer between noon and 4 p.m., and all day on Fridays
We do not schedule appointments

Where to Apply

Lancaster County Courthouse, second floor
50 N. Duke St.
Lancaster, PA 17602.

Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
We do not schedule appointments.

ID and Age Requirements

Social Security Number
If you don’t know your social security number from memory, you must present your original social security card
Government issued photo ID
We will accept any current identification issued by a government agency, bearing both a photograph and expiration date
We reserve the right to require additional forms of identification as deemed necessary

Age Requirements
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Younger applicants see below:

Applicants Under 18

A parent or guardian must be present and give consent at time of application.
Applicant must present their birth certificate, plus an additional $5

Applicants Under 16

A parent or guardian must be present and give consent at time of application.
Applicant must have approval of a judge of the Orphans Court

Remarriages
Information regarding the dissolution of the last marriage by divorce or annulment must be presented.

Divorces
You must present a divorce decree bearing a court seal and signature.
Decrees in a foreign language must be officially translated into English and notarized.
If a maiden name has been resumed you must present a Resumption of Maiden Name document.

Annulments
You must present an annulment bearing a court seal and signature.
Annulments in a foreign language must be officially translated into English and notarized.
If a maiden name has been resumed you must present a Resumption of Maiden Name document.

Widows and Widowers
The date of death of the deceased spouse is required.
It is not required that a death certificate be presented.

Who May not Marry
Blood relatives down to and including first cousins may not marry under the laws of Pennsylvania.

Ceremony
The ceremony need not be performed in the county in which the license was issued. A license issued by any Pennsylvania county can be used in any Pennsylvania county, however, the license is invalid outside of Pennsylvania.

Fee

Application and License: $60
Cash only

Certified Copies
To obtain certified copies of your marriage certificate, either stop by our office, or send $10 for each copy, payable to the Register of Wills or Clerk of Orphans’ Court, along with:

Names of both applicants
Date of marriage
A self addressed, stamped, legal size envelope to:
Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court
50 N. Duke St.
Lancaster, PA 17602

Internet Ordinations
Applicants are advised that persons who have been ordained over the internet may or may not be persons permitted to perform marriages in Pennsylvania, based on court cases resulting in conflicting judgments. You are advised to consult an attorney concerning the legality of such marriages.

Disclaimer of Liability
Please be advised: if you choose to be married by someone other than the officiants specifically listed as authorized by Pennsylvania law, the burden of proof will be on you regarding the legality of your marriage should future issues arise that require a determination of the marriage’s validity.

 

Via: http://web.co.lancaster.pa.us/278/Marriage-Licenses