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Planning to Marry?

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PLEASE NOTE:
The Department of Court Records will CLOSE at 4:30 pm
on Wednesday, November 26 (including Marriage Licenses
and Passports) and is CLOSED on Thursday, November 27
and Friday, November 28.
 


How do we obtain a marriage license in Allegheny County?

You must apply for a marriage license application and go to the Marriage License Bureau to complete the application process. There is a three (3) day waiting period from the completion of the application process to the issuance of the license.  The three (3) day waiting period begins after both applicants appear in person together at the Marriage License Bureau. 

First Step - The Application

There are two (2) ways to complete a marriage license application:

  1. Complete the World Wide Web Icon Online Marriage License Application.  An email address is required.  Once the online application is completed, a verification email will be sent and the application will be placed on file with the Department of Court Records Marriage License Bureau.
  2. Complete the application in our office:
            Department of Court Records
            Wills/Orphans' Court Division
            Marriage License Bureau
            414 Grant Street
            1st Floor, City-County Building
            Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Second Step - Appear in Person in the Office

Both applicants seeking a marriage license must appear together in person at the Marriage License Bureau to complete the process. Photo identification is required.  

Once the couple has appeared in person in the Marriage License Bureau and the application for a marriage license has been submitted and the three (3) day waiting period required by Pennsylvania law has passed, the marriage license can be mailed at no extra cost to an address provided by the couple or can be picked up in the Marriage License Bureau.

NOTE:
  • An application for a marriage license is NOT a marriage license.
  • The process will be quicker if you complete the online application.
  • Both applicants MUST APPEAR IN PERSON at the Department of Court Records Marriage License Bureau to complete the process even if the online application is completed.

When is the office open?

The Marriage License Bureau is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Wednesday until 7:30 pm, with the exception of World Wide Web Icon holidaysNOTE: No applications will be processed after 4:00 pm except on Wednesday when no applications will be processed after 7:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE:
The Department of Court Records will CLOSE at 4:30 pm
on Wednesday, November 26 (including Marriage Licenses
and Passports) and is CLOSED on Thursday, November 27
and Friday, November 28.
 

When should we apply for a license and how long is it valid?

Applicants should take the necessary steps to obtain a Marriage License 2 to 3 weeks before the scheduled date of their marriage ceremony.

Pennsylvania law requires a three (3) day waiting period between the date applicants apply for a Marriage License and when the license may be issued. If applying on Monday, the license will be ready on Thursday.  If applying on Tuesday, the license will be ready on Friday.  If applying on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, the license will be ready on Monday. 

The marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date it is issued and may be picked up from the Marriage License Bureau by either of the applicants, a friend or a relative.

If desired, a marriage license will be mailed after the mandatory three (3) day waiting period.

May a marriage license issued in Allegheny County be used anywhere else?

A Marriage License issued in Allegheny County may be used anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Likewise, a license issued in any other county in Pennsylvania may be used in Allegheny County.

What about prior marriages?

Applicants who have been previously married and divorced must furnish a certified copy of the Decree of Divorce dissolving the marriage. A certified copy of the divorce decree issued means there is a Court seal on the copy. A certified copy of the divorce decree means there is a raised seal on the copy of the divorce decree.  Certified copies of divorce decrees may be obtained by contacting the Family Division of the Court in which the decree was granted.  A widow or widower must provide the date of death of their former spouse.

If the divorce was granted in Allegheny County from 1995 to the present, the Marriage License Bureau can provide a certified copy of the divorce decree (there is a $10.00 fee).  If the divorce was granted in Allegheny County prior to 1995, contact the Department of Court Records (DCR) Civil/Family Division at 412-350-4200 for information on how to obtain a certified copy of the divorce decree (there is a $10.00 fee). 

An additional $5.00 per divorce decree will be added to the standard $80.00 Marriage License Fee. For example, if only one applicant has had a prior divorce, the Marriage License Fee would be $85.00. If both applicants have had a prior divorce, the Marriage License Fee would be $90.00.

What are the age requirements to marry?

Applicants must be 18 years of age in order to apply for a marriage license. This rule applies to both male and female applicants. Applicants between 16-18 years of age must be accompanied by the custodial parent or guardian to provide written consent. Applicants under 16 years of age must have BOTH the written consent of the custodial parent or guardian and the written approval of a judge of the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas.

Who may not marry?

Persons related by blood up to and including first cousins may not marry in Pennsylvania. Other prohibitions and policies are posted in the Marriage License Bureau of the Wills/Orphans' Court Division.

What are the fees for a marriage license?

The fees for a Marriage License vary from county to county. Allegheny County fees, including Pennsylvania taxes and surcharges, are as follows:

Computer Fee $29.00  
Allegheny County Fee 25.50  
Pennsylvania Writ Tax .50  
Court Technology Fee 5.00  
Act 151 Surcharge 10.00  
Act 222 Surcharge 10.00  
TOTAL $80.00 (CASH ONLY)
Additional Fee per Divorce Decree $5.00 (CASH ONLY)

Who must file the portion of the marriage license called "the marriage return"?

The officiant performing the marriage ceremony must complete and file the marriage return - the bottom portion of the marriage license - with the marriage license office that issued the license within ten (10) days of the date of the ceremony. A marriage record will not exist if the officiant who performs the marriage fails to file this document. If the couple provides the Allegheny County Marriage License Bureau with an email address, the couple will be notified by email if the marriage return is not filed by the officiant 60 days after the marriage license as issued by Allegheny County.

Once I am married, how do I obtain a copy of the marriage record?

A copy of your marriage record is not automatically issued to you after your marriage.  You must order a marriage record and pay a fee.  The Allegheny County Marriage License Bureau provides different types of copies of a marriage record for different fees. There are two (2) ways to obtain a record of a marriage that took place after a marriage license was issued in Allegheny County:

  1. Search and/or order marriage record(s) using the World Wide Web Icon website.  An email address and a credit or debit card is required because there are fees to obtain a marriage record.
    • If your marriage license was issued in Allegheny County on January 1, 1996 or later, you can search and/or order your marriage record online.
    • If your marriage license was issued prior to January 1, 1996, you can order a marriage record online.  NOTE:  There is a search fee, even if the marriage record search is unsuccessful.
  2. Come into our office at the Marriage License Bureau:
            Department of Court Records
            Wills/Orphans' Court Division
            Marriage License Bureau
            414 Grant Street
            1st Floor, City-County Building
            Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All requests must provide the husband's or the wife's complete name at the time of their marriage application and the year of their marriage, as well as the appropriate fee.

Couples who wish to obtain a copy of a marriage record from a county in Pennsylvania other than Allegheny County may do so by contacting the county from which their marriage license was issued.

Questions:

Applicants who have questions concerning any of this material may contact the Marriage License Bureau at (412) 350-4230.