INFORMATION TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
APPLICATION: In order to obtain a marriage license in Washington County, applicants must appear TOGETHER at the Marriage License Bureau of the Washington County Register of Wills Office and complete an APPLICATION FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE. PHOTO IDENTIFICATION IS REQUIRED.
APPLICANTS UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE: If either applicant is under sixteen (16) years of age, applicants must have their parent or guardian appear with them to petition the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, for Authorization of Issuance of a marriage license.
APPLICANTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE: If either applicant is under eighteen (18) years of age, consent of a parent or guardian of that person must be obtained at the time the Application for Marriage License is completed. A parent or guardian must be present with the applicant and must be prepared to present appropriate identification. Guardians must be prepared to present documents proving guardianship appointment of a said child.
WAIVER: The Orphans= Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, may upon a petition, direct the extraordinary circumstances.
PRIOR MARRIAGES: Applicants who have been previously married and divorced must furnish a CERTIFIED COPY OF THE DECREE IN DIVORCE dissolving the marriage. The certified copy of the decree in divorce must be furnished at the time the application for Marriage License is completed. A widow or widower must provide the date of death of their former spouse.
LICENSE ISSUED: Provided all the above-mentioned requirements have been complied with, a marriage license will be issued as follows:
- Monday: License issued not before Thursday
- Tuesday: License issued not before Friday
- Wednesday: License issued not before Monday
- Thursday: License issued not before Monday
- Friday: License issued not before Monday
DURATION OF LICENSE: A marriage license issued in this county is valid for sixty (60) days from the date of issue and is valid anywhere in Pennsylvania. After sixty (60) days, an issued marriage license is void and should be returned to the Marriage License Bureau for cancellation.
OFFICIANT MUST FILE MARRIAGE RETURN: An official public record of the marriage will not exist if the officiant performing the marriage ceremony fails to return the duplicate Certificate of Marriage within ten (10) days after the solemnization of the marriage, as required by law.
THE MARRIAGE LICENSE OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, EXCEPT HOLIDAYS FROM 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
THE LAW REQUIRES ALL MARRIAGE RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION.
The fee for a Marriage License is:
- FILING APPLICATION & ISSUANCE OF LICENSE: $40.00 - CASH ONLY
- CONSENT OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN: $10.00 - CASH ONLY
- PETITION FOR MINOR UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE: $10.00 - CASH ONLY
- PETITION FOR WAIVING WAITING PERIOD: (ACTIVE MILITARY ONLY) To be approved by a Judge.
MARY JO POKNIS
REGISTER OF WILLS AND CLERK OF ORPHANS' COURT DIVISION OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, PA
DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
To be recognized as legal by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, marriages must be performed under a valid marriage license duly issued by a Clerk of Orphans’ Court MUST BE OFFICIATED by one of the following individuals specifically recognized under PA law as authorized to officiate, to wit:
Sec. 1503. Persons qualified to solemnize marriages.
(a) General rule. The following are authorized to solemnize marriages between persons that produce a marriage license issued under this part:
- A justice, judge or district justice of this Commonwealth.
- A former or retired justice, judge or district justice of this Commonwealth who is serving as a senior judge or a senior district justice as provided or prescribed by law.
- An active or senior judge or full-time magistrate of the District Courts of the United States for the Eastern, Middle or Western District of Pennsylvania.
- An active or senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit who is a resident of this Commonwealth.
- A mayor of any city or borough of this Commonwealth.
- A minister, priest or rabbi of any regularly established church or congregation.
(b) Religious organizations. Every religious society, religious institution or religious organization in this Commonwealth may join persons together in marriage when at least one of the persons is a member of the society, institution or organization, according to the rules and customs of the society, institution or organization. (Amish & Quakers if you are a member)
(c) Marriage license needed to officiate. No person or religious organization qualified to perform marriages shall officiate at a marriage ceremony without the parties having obtained a marriage license issued under this part.
This office will not determine what is/is not a church and/or congregation.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: IF you choose to be married by someone other than officiants specifically listed & authorized by PA law, the burden of proof regarding the legality (or lack thereof) of your marriage will be upon you – should future issues arise that require a determination of the marriage’s validity.