Marriage License

Marriage License Department – Somerset County Courthouse

111 E. Union Street, Suite 145

Somerset, PA  15501

Applications Accepted 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Telephone:  814-445-1548                Internet:  www.co.somerset.pa.us

 

BLOOD TESTS ARE NOT REQUIRED IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

 

REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN PA

 

1.             The current fee is $60 CASH or MONEY ORDER.  Credit cards are NOT accepted.

                If for any reason the marriage does not take place, there is NO refund.

 

2.             BOTH applicants shall appear together in person to complete the marriage license application.

 

3.             PA law requires a minimum three-day waiting period after application is made before license can be issued.

 

4.             APPLICATION MADE:                     ISSUED/VALID:

                Monday                                               Friday

                Tuesday                                               Monday

                Wednesday                                          Monday

                Thursday                                             Monday

                Friday                                                  Tuesday

 

5.             License is valid for 60 days from the issue date that appears on the license.  If the license is not

                used within the 60-day period, the application process must be repeated in its entirety to obtain a

                subsequent license.

 

6.             License can be used in any County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  An out-of-state license

                CANNOT be used in Pennsylvania nor can a Pennsylvania license be used out-of-state.

 

7.             An applicant is required to provide his/her social security number.  It is not necessary to present the social

                security card.  Federal and State law require the social security number.  If either applicant refuses to

                provide his/her social security number, the application will be denied.

 

8              Applicants must have VALID ID:  (e.g. current Driver’s License, military or Penn Dot photo ID)

 

9.             If either applicant was previously married, the date of the most recent divorce, legal annulment, or death

               of previous spouse must be provided.  The decree must be presented to the clerk.

 

10.          AGE REQUIREMENTS:  If an applicant is under age 18, the following applies:
 

  • Applicant 16 or 17 years of age: Custodial Parent must appear with the applicants, show Identification and sign consent to
    the marriage.  Additional Fee - $5
     
  • Applicant under 16 years of age:  This must be scheduled in advance by calling this office.  Custodial parent must appear with the applicants, show identification and sign consent to the marriage.  The applicants will be scheduled to appear before a Judge for the consent of the Court.  Additional Fee – $5

 

EMERGENCY WAIVER OF THE THREE-DAY WAITING PERIOD:

 

1.        Active duty military personnel are not subject to the filing time requirement.  The waiver request must state that
           one or both of the applicants is PRESENTLY ON ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY.  The fee is waived for active duty
           military.

2.        Application will not be taken until the Judge approves the waiver. 

3.        The fee for waiver is $15 cash or money order. The fee must be paid when request is submitted. No requests will be
           submitted to Judge unless fee is paid. 

4.        Request must be in writing and contain the signature of the applicants.

5.        The reason for the waiver request must be given.  Include date of marriage.

6.        To receive a copy of the approved waiver, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 copying fee.

 

 

OFFICIANT OF THE MARRIAGE:

 

                Pennsylvania has no provision for the registration of officiants to perform marriages.  Selection of and arrangements for
                an officiant to perform the marriage ceremony are the responsibility of the applicants.  This office will not recommend a
                Minister, District Justice, or Judge.

 

PUBLIC RECORD AND PUBLISHING OF INFORMATION:

 

                All marriage applications are public record.  Except for Social Security numbers and Voter Declination forms, which are
                confidential, all other information is available to the public.  Local Newspapers often publish the names of marriage license
                applicants.  This office is NOT permitted to withhold any information considered public record without a Court Order.  The
                applicants should contact an attorney for the procedure to petition the Court to impound the record.

 

CERTIFIED MARRIAGE RECORDS:

 

                Requests for Certified Marriage Records are accepted in person or by mail.  Application for marriage license must have
                been made in Somerset County, Pennsylvania from 1885 to the present.  Marriage records cannot be certified until the                   duplicate marriage certificate has been returned to the office by the officiant.

                Walk-in requests are processed immediately.  Please allow seven to 10 working days for processing of mail-in requests.

All requests must contain the following:

 

  • Name of male applicant
  • Name of female applicant at time of application
  • Date of marriage
  • Daytime telephone number
  • $10 fee payable to Clerk of the Orphans’ Court
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope
  • Mail request to:
     

Somerset County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court

Attn:  Marriage License Department

111 E. Union St., Suite 145

Somerset, PA  15501

County Annex Office Building
300 North Center Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501
Somerset County Courthouse
111 East Union St.
Somerset, PA 15501