One of things I find tough as a Philadelphia wedding planner is being able to get reliable, current information on marriage licenses to our clients…

Especially since we plan weddings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware..

Last week I had a great conversation with one of the representatives of the Register of Wills / Clerk of Orphans’ Court from Bucks County {Pennsylvania}

They are the people who process and issue marriage licenses in Bucks County…

One question is where people can apply for a marriage license- in Pennsylvania you may apply for a marriage license in any county courthouse across the Commonwealth and can then be married anywhere in the Commonwealth… even if you live in another state and are being married here.

There is no residency requirement –and the license is valid for 60 days

There is a three day waiting period from the date of application to the date of issue…(there are emergency or extraordinary situations where the clerk can petition the court to grant a waiver of the three day waiting period..)

In situations of active duty military on short leave – there is no fee for the waiver…

You will need to provide your social security number and valid ID (current photo driver’s license or passport)…

If you have been previously married you will need a copy of your divorce or annulment decree.

The fees are payable in CASH, or Money Order- Personal Checks are not accepted…

One major surprise to me is people who tell me the fees were raised from $50 to $80…not actually the case…

The application is still $50.00 – the automated computer fee is $10 – and the certified copy of marriage license is $20…

Many people thought they could apply for the license and pay the computer fee-without getting the certified copy of their license…

I found out that you can not apply to social security to change you name without the certified copy…

One last tip… Orphans Court in Doylestown is open late (until 7:30 PM) on the first and third Wednesday of the month..