(Closed) Pennsylvania Marriage License HELP!

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t know too much about the legal stuff in this aspect, but the worst that Penn. can say is no, that’s not a good enough reason, right? Might be worth trying. Worst case scenario, you are busier on the date of your rehearsal dinner than you were expecting, right?

Good luck!

Post # 4
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

This is from the Allegheny County website but it sounds like all of PA wedding license law is the same:

Pennsylvania law requires a three (3) day waiting period between the date applicants apply for a Marriage License and when the license may be issued. If applying on Monday, the license will be ready on Thursday.  If applying on Tuesday, the license will be ready on Friday.  If applying on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, the license will be ready on Monday.

(not my bolding)


It sounds pretty similar to Minnesota’s marriage license law which is where we were married. We cut it really close getting our license and with the waiting period. You can also apply online. Whatever you do, when they ask if you’d like it mailed to you, do not say yes! Go pick it up, if you have it mailed to you it’ll be too late. Google ‘Mercer county pennsylvania marriage licence’ and you should get specific answers for their policies. (Assuming you’ll be getting your license in Mercer Co.?)


Hope that was some help! 😉 

Post # 5
4656 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Megnolia:  We have a similar problem that’s causing us a huge headache, since we’re visiting PA for a very short  time from Korea, and won’t be in any one town for 3 business days at a time. No idea how we’re gonna handle this. Currently in progress inquiring about whether we can show up to apply but have someone else pick it up, or have it mailed or something. 

I’ve heard some counties can issue you the license right away, and it simply doesn’t become valid for 3 days (even though its in your posession.) But you’ll definitely have to call the office you’ll actually be in as it varies from county to county.

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