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Marriage Licenses

Marriage Records may be searched here.

The Bucks County Clerk of Orphans' Court is pleased to assist you apply for your marriage license. Please see the bottom of this page for a complete list of fees (yellow table), and contact information and hours of operation (last information on page).

Applicants may complete our online application, which is available here. Once you are at the site, click, "Login as Guest," then, "e-file Marriage Application."

After completing your online application, both applicants must appear together in person in our office in either Doylestown or Levittown during regular business hours. You may call our office to schedule an appointment to review the application, present needed documents and confirm your identity. There is no residency requirement for a marriage license, however, this is a Pennsylvania marriage license and the marriage ceremony must take place within the Commonwealth

You may appear at either our Levittown or Doylestown offices and complete the application in person, if you do not wish to complete your application online.

All Marriage Licenses:

  • Are issued after a 3 day waiting period

  • Are valid for 60 calendar days

  • Can be used only in the State of Pennsylvania

All Applicants Must, at the time they appear before the Clerk of the Orphans' Court:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit Social Security number
  • Bring government issued Photo ID
  • Bring proof of dissolution of most recent previous marriage
    • Divorce Decree (photocopy acceptable)
    • Civil Annulment (photocopy acceptable)
    • Death Certificate (must be original)
  • Bring at least $60 cash to the Orphans’ Court or
  • Add $20 for each Marriage Certificate you want to order
    • $80 cash = Application and License + One Certificate
    • $82 Money Order = Application and License from District Justice + One Certificate
    • This certificate is your legal proof of marriage and will be needed for changing records and other offical purposes.
  • Other fees may be charged for additional services

If Either Applicant:

  • Has had a legal name change
    • Bring name change Decree
    • Including permission to resume maiden name after divorce
  • Does not speak English, you must bring your own interpreter
    • Your interpreter must be over 18
    • Bring interpreter’s government issued Photo ID
  • Has a foreign document, you must bring:
    • the original document
    • an English translation with an affidavit of accuracy and a notarized signature
  • Is a Minor age 16 or 17, you must bring
    • Your custodial parent or guardian
    • Minor’s government issued Photo ID
    • Minor’s Birth Certificate or proof of guardianship
    • Parent or guardian’s Photo ID
  • Is a minor age 16 or 17 with no legal guardian or parents’ whereabouts are unknown; you must petition a judge to appoint a temporary legal guardian. 
    • Please contact the office for further directions
  • Is a minor under 16, you must petition a judge for permission to marry
    • Please contact the office for further directions
  • Is incarcerated, you must have the warden contact our office to make arrangements for coming to the courthouse to apply.
    • Please contact the office for further directions
  • “Is weak minded, insane, of unsound mind or is under guardianship as a person of unsound mind,” you must petition the court for permission to marry. 
    23 Pa.C.S. § 1304 (c).

    Please contact the office for further directions

    Applicants may not:

    • be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of application
    • be related to each other closer than second cousins
    • For other prohibitions, check with the Clerk of Orphans' Court or your attorney

    Si el solicitante no habla Inglés, usted debe traer un traductor Inglés con usted cuando usted solicita. El traductor debe tener dieciocho años de edad con identificación. Los solicitantes no pueden ayudarse unos a otros durante la aplicación. Para los documentos en otros idiomas aparte del Inglés, por favor traiga el documento original y una traducción al Inglés, con una declaración jurada de la precisión y la firma ante notario.

    Если какой-либо заявитель не говорит на английском языке, вы должны принести переводчика в возрасте старше восемнадцати лет, и лицензировать свои водительские права или паспорт с вами, когда вы подаете заявление. Вы не можете переводить друг друга во время нанесения. Для документов на других языках, кроме английского, пожалуйста, принесите копию исходного документа, и переведены на английский, с точностью и под присягой, и нотариально заверенные подписью.

    *Spanish and Russian translations produced using Google Translate http://translate.google.com/#

    Waiver of the Waiting Period

    In cases of an emergency or where extraordinary circumstances exist, the Judge of the Orphans’ Court Division, upon petition on a form supplied by the Clerk, may grant a waiver of the three-day waiting period.  23 Pa.C.S. § 1303 (b). Emergencies are typically grave illnesses or a military applicant on active duty and preparing for deployment in less than three days.  There is no fee for an active military applicant to request this waiver.In all other cases there is an additional $35 fee. 

    Out-of-state applicants: travel plans are not an emergency!  Please plan accordingly.

    Officiants

    The Bucks County Orphans’ Court does not determine who is recognized as an officiant to solemnize a marriage.  We also will not recommend an officiant.  The PA Marriage Law, Title 23 Pa.C.S. §1503, states who is qualified to officiate a marriage ceremony in Pennsylvania. It is the couples’ responsibility to arrange the ceremony and ensure the validity of the officiant. We will not confirm or deny a particular person's qualification to officiate your ceremony.

    Civil officials who can perform marriages can be contacted at:
    District Justices 
    Bucks County Mayors

    Self-Uniting

    Our office will issue a Self-uniting marriage license as provided by the Marriage Law, 23 Pa.C.S.  § 1502.  Please inform the clerk when you start your application if you wish to use this type of license so we may use the correct form. 

    Marriage Certificate

    If you need proof of marriage, a Marriage Certificate may be requested in person at our office or through a mailed request.  The charge is $20 per certificate.  Please have both names as applied, the date of marriage and, if possible, the Volume and Number of the record.  If mailing a request please make checks payable to “Orphans’ Court” and include a self-addressed envelope for return use.

    If you need proof of marriage for a foreign government you may need an Apostille.  Please see the state website for further information.  You must notify the Orphans’ Court clerk if you need an Apostille. 

    Common Law Marriage

    “No common-law marriage contracted after January 1, 2005, shall be valid. Nothing in this part shall be deemed or taken to render any common-law marriage otherwise lawful and contracted on or before January 1, 2005, invalid.”  23 Pa.C.S. § 1103. 

    If you believe you have a valid Common Law Marriage please contact your attorney for further advice. 

    Appeal

    If any couple believes they have been unfairly denied a Marriage License, you have the right to appeal to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas under the Marriage Law, 23 Pa. C.S.A. §1308. 

    Fees: Effective February 1, 2007

    Application fee is payable only in CASH or MONEY ORDER.  Personal checks are not accepted.


     

    ORPHANS' COURT

    DISTRICT JUSTICE

    Marriage license application*

    $60.00

    $62.00

    Certified copy of marriage license
    (NO Charge for Military with ID**)

    $20.00

    $20.00

    Each consent

    $10.00

    $10.00

    Affidavit of name verification

    $10.00

    $10.00

    Special petitions:

     

     

       Appointment of guardian ad litem

    $85.00

    Only available in Doylestown

       Under age 16

    $35.00

    Only available in Doylestown

       Waiver, 3-day waiting period:

     

    Only available in Doylestown

             Emergency

    $75.00

     

             Military

    n/c

     

       Petition, mental deficiency

    $85.00

    Only available in Doylestown

    Outside Office Appearance $125.00  

    *Includes computerization/records management surcharge.
    **Two copies are automatically issued after marriage ceremony if Military ID was shown at the time of Application

    Additional Services may require additional fees. 

    Please Note:
    All information on this webpage is to inform and not to advise. It is based upon Pennsylvania law. The statements are general, and individual facts in a given case may alter their application or involve other laws not referred to here. 

    Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court
    Donald Petrille, Jr., Esquire

    Bucks County Courthouse
    55 East Court Street 
    3rd Floor, Administration Building 
    Doylestown, PA 18901

    Register of Wills: 215-348-6265
    Orphans' Court: 215-348-6271
    Fax: 215-348-6156 
    registerofwills@co.bucks.pa.us 
    orphanscourt@co.bucks.pa.us

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    Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm 
    1st & 3rd Wednesday every month – 
    open until 7:30 pm (Doylestown Office Only)

    Offsite Location for Probate & Marriage License Application: 
    Lower Bucks Government Service Center 
    7321 New Falls Road
    Levittown, PA 19055
    Phone: 267-580-3585
    Hours:
    Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
    (Closed for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 pm)
    Appointments are encouraged at this location