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Marriage License Guidelines
Centre County Marriage License Guidelines
These guidelines are to be followed in regards to the issuance of a marriage license in Pennsylvania.
  • 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.
  • There is a three day waiting period between the application for a marriage license and the issuance of the same, except in case 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.
  • If either applicant is under the age of 18 years, the consent of a parent or guardian is required.
  • If either applicant is under the age of 16 years, the consent of a parent or guardian is required and a judge of the Orphans' Court shall decide that it is to the best interest of such applicant and shall authorize the clerk of the Orphans' Court to issue this license.
  • 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.
  • A marriage license is valid for a period of sixty days following its issuance.
  • A $50 fee is required at the time of application, payable by cash, check or money order only.
  • A form of photo identification is required at the time of application.
  • A marriage license issued anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is only valid in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The marriage license cannot be used in other states.