Pennsylvania marriage license help!

posted 11 months ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Helper bee

Fellow PA(er) here; you should be fine- that’s kind of weird that he wants it to be from Allegheny County. Two friends of mine got there license in Centre County then wed in Luzerne and they didn’t have any problems.

Also, this is what it says on Allegheny’s Dept of Courts site: A Marriage License issued in Allegheny County may be used anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Likewise, a license issued in any other county in Pennsylvania may be used in Allegheny County.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Hi Bee! You can definitely get your license in a different county! My brother and his wife got their license in Philly and got married by a priest in Pittsburgh (who signed the license). My FH and I are getting married by a district judge in Centre County in Sept and are getting our license in Chester County in August! FH and I are also planning on calling the clerks office before we head down there to get all the answers–I would recommend you do the same!

Post # 5
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Helper bee

The officiant should be able to give you the license and you can file it after the ceremony. 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - Brooklyn, NY

The issue may not be where you get the marriage license, but whether or not the officiant is responsible for completing the paperwork. I’m in New York City, and I read that even though we could use a marriage license obtained in New York City for a ceremony anywhere in the state of New York, we must return the completed license to the NYC location where we originally got it.

I believe it’s usually the marriage officiant’s duty to complete the forms and file the paperwork, so that may be why your officiant is telling you to do it near him/her.

 

I may be wrong, though–just double-check if your officiant can sign the forms and you take responsibility to return to the city clerk near you (though if you’re planning on taking a honeymoon right after, note that there is usually deadline to file the paperwork. In NYC it’s 5 business days after the wedding).

 

Edit: Oops, just realized this issue was already addressed!

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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lennon12 :  You need a certified copy of your marriage license in order to change your name with Social Security. The copy your preacher gave you is likely a “souvenir” copy. Are you able to go to your clerk’s office in person, maybe over your lunch break if you work? It can be hard to get a quick response by phone because they are so busy with walk-ins.

Post # 9
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Honey bee

In my state, it’s not sent automatically. You have to request it and pay a fee. 

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