Congratulations on your engagement! So much of wedding planning can be overwhelming and confusing, so here is everything you need to know about obtaining a marriage license in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Marriage License Requirements
First off, both parties must be at least 18 years of age or over 16 years of age with parental consent to apply. Children under 16 years of age also need the written approval of a judge of the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas.
Applicants who have been previously married and divorced must furnish a certified copy of the Decree of Divorce. A widow or widower must provide the date of death of their former spouse.
How to Obtain a Marriage License
It's fairly easy to apply for a marriage license. The first step is to complete the online Marriage Application Form before arriving at the Marriage License Bureau of the Register of Wills Office.
Both applicants must appear together in the Marriage License Bureau. If you have not applied online, you will now fill out an application in person, but it must be done least three days prior to your wedding day, as Pennsylvania law requires a three-day waiting period between the date applicants apply for a Marriage License and when the license may be issued.
Photo I.D. is required for both parties. If you don't have it memorized, make sure to have your social security card handy as well! Applicants under the age 18 will also need to provide a certified copy of their birth certificate.
Marriage License Fees & Other Important Information
A medical examination and blood test are not required to obtain a marriage license. However, persons related by blood up to and including first cousins may not marry in Pennsylvania.
The fee for a marriage license in Allegheny County is currently $85. However, that fee is subject to change and it is also best to consult the Allegheny County website for the most up to date fee breakdowns and current regulations. Each divorce decree presented is an additional charge, depending on if one or both parties were formerly married. Please be aware that the only method of payment accepted is cash!
Marriage License Bureau Information
The Marriage License Bureau is located on the First Floor of the City-County Building at 414 Grant Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The hours of the office (with the exclusive of Holidays) are Monday-Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. The office does not offer weekend hours, so, plan accordingly.
Marriage Licenses issued in Allegheny County may be used anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Likewise, if you are traveling outside of Pittsburgh, or getting married within another area of Pennsylvania, a license issued in any other county within the Commonwealth may also be used in Allegheny County.