MARRIAGE LICENSES


NOTICE

For instructions on how to fill out an online marriage license, click here.

To fill out an online Marriage License Application, click the link below.  

DO NOT MAIL YOUR PAYMENT.  BRING IT WITH YOU TO OUR  OFFICE FOR YOUR ORAL EXAMINIATION.

On or about August 23, 2021, you must pay the application fee by credit card at the time you submit your electronic application. Otherwise, you will have to bring your payment with you to the oral examination when you apply for your license.




ONLINE MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION



You can still request a certified copy of your Marriage License by mail.  There is a link to the instructions and the Request form on this website.

Pursuant to the recent Order of the PA Supreme Court dated June 21, 2021 terminating the authority of president judges to declare local judicial emergencies, our office may not conduct oral examinations of license applicants by videoconference effective July 6, 2021.  Please submit your application online and bring your payment with you to our office for the in person oral examination. Our office conducts the oral examinations from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. daily.  We do not schedule appointments.

Cell phones are not permitted inside the Lancaster County Courthouse.


  Do not come to the office if you are ill or have a temperature.



When to Apply 

  • Licenses are valid for 60 days from the date of issuance.
  • Marriage licenses are valid on the third day following the oral examination.

Where to Apply 


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



ID and Age Requirements


  • Social Security Number


     If you do not 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 21 years of age.

Remarriages

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

Divorces


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

Annulments


You must present a copy of an annulment bearing a court seal and signature.
Annulments in a foreign language must be officially translated into English and notarized and the translation must be 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.
You do not need to present a death certificate.


Who May not Marry


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


Ceremony


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, certified check or money order.  NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED
  • Fee is waived for certified copy of marriage record with proof of service in U.S. Armed Forces.


Certified Copies


To obtain certified copies of your marriage certificate, send $10, payable to the 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
Please click to download the Certified Marriage Request Form.

Internet Ordinations


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

Magisterial District Judges


View a list of Magisterial District Judges.  

Maryland Non Resident Marriage License Application 


As of January 1, 2013, the  Lancaster County Clerk of Orphans' Court no longer completes the Non-Resident Marriage License Application for Lancaster residents who wish to be married in Maryland.

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.