Pennsylvania Marriage License
If you want to get married in the United States, the first thing you need to do is to apply for a marriage license. A marriage license issued in Allegheny County may be used anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania and a marriage license issued by any other Pennsylvania county is valid in Allegheny County. If you are planning to get married in another state, you must contact a marriage license office in that state. Obtaining a marriage license in Allegheny County is a simple procedure that requires completing the following steps:
- Both individuals must go to the Marriage License Bureau Office together and complete an Application for Marriage License. The office is located on the first floor of the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street (on the corner of Grant Street and Forbes Avenue) in downtown Pittsburgh. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (you must arrive by 4 PM to apply for the license). The office is open until 7:30 PM on Wednesdays (except on holidays). You should apply 2-3 weeks before the scheduled date of the marriage ceremony. Applicants must be at least 18-years-old in order to apply for the license.
- Each person must present photo identification, Social Security card (or passport if you do not have a Social Security Number), and a divorce decree, if previously married. You will need to know the following information to complete the form:
- Name, address, occupation and education information
- Father's name, birthplace, address and occupation
- Mother's name, maiden name (if different from married name), birthplace, address and occupation
- Couples are required to pay an $80 fee at the time of application (plus an additional charge if previously divorced). This fee must be paid in cash.
- You may pick up or have your license mailed to you in 3 days. It is only valid for 60 days.
- Once you have your Marriage License, you can be married in either a religious or a civil ceremony. The religious ceremony can be conducted by any religious representative who has the legal authority. For a civil ceremony, contact a Magistrate or District Justice. Fees will vary.