Marriage License


DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, MARRIAGE LICENSE TRANSACTIONS SHALL BE COMPLETED BY VIDEO CONFERENCE AND MAY BE LIMITED TO DAUPHIN COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY.

VIDEO CONFERENCES ARE SCHEDULED 5 TO 14 DAYS AFTER APPLICANTS CONTACT AN OFFICE REPRESENTATIVE.

Jean Marfizo King  
Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court
101 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Room 103 Dauphin County Courthouse
(717) 780-6506 Phone
Courthouse Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
*Plan to arrive at least one half hour before closing to apply for license.
 
Northern Dauphin Branch Office
Northern Dauphin Human Services Center
295 State Drive
Elizabethville, PA 17023
First and Third Wednesdays of every month
9am to 4:30pm
(717) 905-2700 Phone
 *Plan to arrive at least one half hour before closing to apply for license.
 

Click Here to E-File Marriage License Application

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Marriage License Application Information & Procedure

WHO MUST APPLY?
Both individuals to be married must complete the application for marriage.  All applicants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.

WHO MAY NOT MARRY?
Blood relatives down to and including first cousins MAY NOT marry under the laws of Pennsylvania.

WHEN TO APPLY?
The marriage license must be obtained at least three (3) days prior to the marriage ceremony.  The three-day waiting period does not start until we have printed the license after your video conference or in-person appointment.  The license will expire sixty (60) days after the three-day waiting period.

WHERE?
A marriage license may be obtained from the Clerk of Orphans' Court in any county in Pennsylvania. The ceremony need not be performed in the county in which the license was issued but must be performed in the state of Pennsylvania.


OFFICIANTS
Please be advised that if a couple choses to be married by someone other than the officiants authorized by Pennsylvania Title 23 § 1503, and any issues arise regarding the validity of their marriage, the burden of proof regarding the legality of said marriage will be upon the couple.

As per the Officiant Disclaimer of Liability, our office will not determine what is/is not a church and/or a congregation.

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 CEREMONIES WITHOUT OFFICIANTS
Pennsylvania Title 23 § 1502

 In all cases in which the parties intend to solemnize their marriage by religious ceremony without officiating clergy, please notify the clerk at the beginning of your appointment that you require a Self-Uniting Marriage License.

FEES
The fee for a marriage license varies from county to county. The fee in Dauphin County is $70.00 plus a credit processor fee of $1.79.

REQUIREMENTS

  • As of January 1st, 1998, you must give your Social Security Number.
  • Identification – Driver’s License, Non-Driver Photo ID or Passport are accepted.
  • Divorce Decree and Notice to Resume Prior Surname (if applicable)
  • When original documentation is written in a foreign language, the original and a notarized translation must be submitted.

PROCEDURE

  1. E-file a marriage license application.  Carefully read the help text and follow the prompts for e-filing.  Leaving incomplete information or using n/a may result in rejection.
  2. Upload required documents as noted above.
  3. Choose a date and time for the video conference.  Both applicants must be present during the video conference, but it is permissible to join from separate locations.
  4. A confirmation email will be sent once the e-filed application is submitted.  This email will include a link to the video conference.  A video conference invitation will also be sent on the day of the appointment.
  5. During the video conference, each applicant will need to show their IDs through the camera.  Each applicant must also share their screen while they e-sign the application. Payment information will be collected at the end of the video conference.
  6. Applicants may choose to pick up their license or have it mailed.  Please inform the clerk during the conference.

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DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, MARRIAGE LICENSE TRANSACTIONS SHALL BE COMPLETED BY VIDEO CONFERENCE AND MAY BE LIMITED TO DAUPHIN COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY.