Both individuals must attend to the Marriage License Bureau Office and fill out an Application for Marriage License jointly. The office is on the first floor of the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street (corner of Grant and Forbes Avenue) in downtown Pittsburgh. There is a $75 fee for marriage licenses.
The application must be signed by both parties. If one party refuses to sign, a notary public can't proceed with the wedding. The couple will have to come back another day when both parties are present.
The form is available online at www.publications.pa.gov/pages/brochures/marriagelicense.html or from any county clerk's office. It can also be obtained by calling the Pennsylvania Department of State's Bureau of Vital Statistics at 717-787-7990.
The forms need to be filed before a magistrate or deputy sheriff where they can be sealed by a judge if there is reason to believe that either party may change their mind about getting married. If this happens, they must be notified immediately so that they can file the application with the court.
In most counties, weddings take place at the courthouse. Before marriage officers, such as judges or ministers, perform marriages they must complete a training course and be certified by the county commissioners of elections. They can be hired by churches but cannot charge fees for their services.
Obtaining a Permit
Purchase a marriage license. Applying for a marriage license is the first step towards getting married in Las Vegas. Both parties must attend in person at a Clark County Marriage Bureau location and provide valid identification that includes their age and identity. The cost of the license is $75 for residents of Nevada and $150 for non-residents.
Take your marriage license to an authorized wedding minister near you. You will need to choose a wedding minister who will perform your ceremony. Only a priest or pastor can officiate at a wedding. A religious leader who does not have jurisdiction over you may refuse to marry you. Even if they are willing to marry you, they may not be an acceptable choice for you based on your beliefs or preferences.
You can find information about wedding ministers near you by contacting your local Catholic church. If there is no Catholic church nearby, you can also search online for priests and pastors who conduct weddings in order to find one who will marry you.
Have your wedding minister complete all necessary paperwork. The wedding minister will need to complete some forms for you before you can be married. These include: Marital Agreement, Affidavit of No Consanguinity/Affidavit of Posterity, and Declaration/Release of Responsibility. You will need to sign these forms as well. Your wedding minister can help you with this process if needed.
If you plan to marry in North Carolina, you can get a marriage license from the Register of Deeds in any county. In most cases, both partners must go to the Register of Deeds office, while some counties allow online applications to be submitted before going to the office to save time. The fee is $60 for individuals and $120 for couples.
After you receive your license, you will need to take it to a local register's office where a wedding ceremony can be held. If one of you lives in another state, you will also need to provide proof that you are legally married elsewhere. The required documentation varies depending on what type of license you obtained. For example, if you got married in another state but want to make your marriage valid in North Carolina, then that other state needs to issue you a "declaration of marriage" which is called proof of marital status in North Carolina.
Wedding certificates are issued by each individual county or city that participates in the program. Some counties require that you attend an instructional class to become certified by the County Clerk. Other counties may have someone available at the register's office to help you prepare your forms and witness your signature.
In Cherokee County, there is a residency requirement to be eligible to obtain a marriage license. Persons who reside more than 25 miles away from the Register's Office should apply for a license through the County Agent's Office.