Marriage Licenses

Applying for a Marriage License
Applicants seeking a marriage license must appear together in the Marriage License Bureau of the Register of Wills Office and complete a Marriage License Application. For more details, please download the Marriage Brochure.

  • Applicants should take the necessary steps to obtain a marriage license two to three weeks before the scheduled date of their marriage ceremony.
  • When you apply for license, you may take it with you.
  • The license is not valid until three days after application.
  • A marriage license is valid for 60 days from date it is issued.
  • Please note that if you cannot speak English, an independent translator must accompany the applicants.
  • A marriage license issued in Montgomery County may be used anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Likewise, a license issued in any other county in Pennsylvania may be used in Montgomery County.
The fees for a marriage license vary from county to county. Montgomery County fees, including Pennsylvania taxes and surcharges, are as follows:

Type of Fee Fee Amount
Montgomery County Fee $29.50
Pennsylvania Writ Tax $00.50
Act 151 Domestic Violence $10.00
Act 222 Children's Fund $10.00
Total $50.00 (CASH ONLY)

Marriage Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age in order to apply for a marriage license. This rule applies to both male and female applicants.
  • Applicants between 16-18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to provide written consent to the marriage.
  • Applicants under 16 years of age must have both the written approval of a judge of the Orphans’ Court Division of the Common Pleas and a written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

Marriage Restrictions
Persons related by blood, up to and including first cousins, may not marry in Pennsylvania. Other prohibitions and policies are posted in the Marriage License Bureau of the Register of Wills Office.