Post # 1
I know that in PA both of you have to be present to apply for the marriage license. Then you have to pick it up in 3 days. Do you also both have to pick it up in 3 days? Or can only one of you go pick it up after 3 days?
My FI and I live outside Philadelphia, but I work in the city. It’s easy for us to stop tomorrow on our way to his family in the city to apply for a marriage license, but FI doesn’t want to drive into the city 3 days later to pick it up with me. It’s easy for me to just pick it up in my lunch break though.
Post # 3
I don’t live in nearby, but here in Oklahoma we had similar rules. We had to pick up our license at least 30 days before we got married, and it had to be turned in 5 days after.
When we picked it up, the clerk informed us that both of us do not need to be present, BUT my county in Oklahoma had both of us sign the license beforehand (My new married name + my husband’s name), and apparently we’re the only county in Oklahoma that does that, so I don’t know if they would have you sign the license beforehand or not.
Definitely ask when you guys pick up, I don’t think both of you need to be there.
Post # 4
I was alone when I picked up ours. Might depend on the county, I’m not sure.
Post # 5
@SummerGirl21: you live in PA, right? I know we both have to be present when we apply for it, but I was hoping I could just go pick it up by myself.
Also, do you know if there is a waiting period between when you pick it up and when you can have the officiant sign it? Like, can I pick it up and have the legal ceremony the same day?
Also, do you HAVE to pick it up after 3 days, or can you wait and pick it up after, say, 5 days?
Post # 6
Yes I’m in PA. After the 3 day waiting period, you can pick up the license and have the ceremony that day. I’m pretty sure you don’t HAVE to pick it up exactly on the 3rd day but you sill must use it within 60 days after the issuing date.
Also, in our county the licenses could be mailed out to you.
Post # 7
@SummerGirl21: Awesome, we’ve decided to try to pick it up a week later and have the ceremony the same day. Thank you!!
Post # 8
We live in Norristown Pa and when we applied for our license the gave it to us right away. The process only took about 45 minutes!!!! Hope that helps 🙂