Marriage License Guidelines

Centre County Marriage License Guidelines

These guidelines are to be followed in regards to the issuance of a marriage license in Centre County, Pennsylvania.

  1. Each applicant for a marriage license must appear in person before the Clerk of Orphans’ Court in order to complete the application for a license. 
  2. There is a 3-day waiting period between the application for a marriage license and issuance of the same, except in cases of extraordinary circumstances when a Judge of the Orphans’ Court may waive this requirement and authorize a license to be issued at any time before the third day following the making of the application.
  3. If either applicant is under the age of eighteen years, you may not apply for a marriage license under Pennsylvania State Law.
  4. If either applicant has been previously married and that marriage was dissolved by divorce, a copy of the divorce decree must be presented at the time of application. If the previous marriage was dissolved by death, the date of death is required.
  5. A marriage license is valid for a period of sixty (60) days following its issuance.
  6. Applicant will be required to show current government ID (driver’s license or passport).
  7. A fee of $50.00 is required at the time of application  (Cash, Check or Money Order only).