Marriage Licenses

Butler County Marriage Information Line

You can reach the Butler County Marriage Information Line by calling the 724-284-5379. This is a recorded line.

A signer for hearing impaired is available upon request. Interpreters for non-English speaking clients are available upon request. Arrangements must be made in advance by calling our office at 724-284-5354.

Marriage Application Checklist

Applicants will need to provide:

  • $60 for license fee
  • Certified Divorce Decrees (if applicable)
  • Certified Name Change (if applicable)
  • Custodial Parent(s) (with ID and proof of custody, if applicable)
  • Original Death Certificate (if applicable)
  • Social Security Number (Social Security Card is recommended)
  • Valid identification (Any 1 of these):
    • Active military ID
    • Certified birth certificate
    • Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation photo ID card
    • Photo driver’s license

What to Know

Applicants will need to know:

  • Birth Mother and Father's Full Current Name
  • Birth Mother's Maiden Name
  • Mother and Father's City/State of Birthplace
  • Mother and Father's City/State of Residence
  • Mother and Father's Occupation
  • Their Birthplace
  • Their Residence (City, Borough, Township)

Electronically File Your Marriage License

You are able to E-file your Marriage License application by visiting the County Fusion website.

  1. Login as a "Guest"
  2. Select "Accept"
  3. Select "E-File Marriage License"

The three-day waiting period does not begin until both applicants appear in our office to complete the application process.

When to Apply

Marriage licenses are valid for 60 days from date of issuance and may be used anywhere in Pennsylvania. Application must be made sometime within 60 days of wedding date. Do not apply unless you are within 60 days of your wedding date.

Pennsylvania law requires a minimum 3-day waiting period after application is made before license can be issued.

Application

Anyone wishing to marry in Pennsylvania must obtain a Pennsylvania marriage license. Both applicants must appear together in person to complete the marriage license application.

Applicants must have valid ID (e.g., current Driver's License, military or Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo ID). Birth Certificates are required only when applicants have no other ID. All IDs must be in English or be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Applicants must provide us with their Social Security Number (SSN), and producing your Social Security Card is preferable (federal and state mandates for U.S. citizens). If you have lost your card, you may provide written verification of your SSN via a W2, payroll stub, Internal Revenue Service forms, etc. The Social Security Administration benefits printout will only verify the last 4 digits.

Where to Apply

 Applicants may apply in any county within Pennsylvania. Application does not need to be made in county of residence or where ceremony is to be performed. Certifications can only be issued from county of application. Contact the county where you plan to apply (Office Hours & fees differ from county to county).

Butler County Marriage License Bureau

The Butler County Marriage License Bureau is located in:
Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court Office
Level L, Government Center
124 West Diamond Street
Butler, PA 16001

Applicants may apply only between 8:40 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays. No Applications will be accepted after 4 pm. Please plan for waiting and processing time.

Requirements

All applicants must be 18 years of age to obtain a marriage license without custodial parent's or legal guardian's consent. Applicants between 16 to 18 years of age must have a custodial parent or legal guardian present to consent to the marriage application. Applicants under 16 years of age must have both written Court approval and meet the custodial parent requirements. Consenting parents must have proper identification and proof of physical custody of the minor.

Pennsylvania does not require premarital blood testing or physical examinations.

Fees

The current fee is $60 effective January 1, 2010. Please call 724-284-5379 for Butler County or view the Orphans' Court fee schedule for fee listings. Parental consents are an extra $20 each.

Butler County does not accept personal checks for marriage licenses or marriage license certifications. Credit/debit cards are now accepted; however, a convenience fee applies.

Who You May Not Marry

Persons related by blood as first cousins or closer may not marry in Pennsylvania. Other prohibitions and policies are posted in the Register of Wills and the Clerk of Orphans' Court Office.

Remarriages

Applicants who have previously married must have either original death certificate (if widowed) or original divorce decree dated more than 30 days prior to application date. If applicant does not have the original Divorce Decree, S/he must obtain a certified copy of the Decree (with a court seal) from the Court that issued the original. Photocopies are not acceptable.

Foreign divorce Decrees must also have a certified English translation attached. Civil annulments require same documentation as divorces (Church annulments are not accepted).

If female applicant is divorced and has changed her name, she must have certified documentation of same.

Out-of-State Marriages

Anyone wishing to marry outside Pennsylvania must contact that state, territory, country, etc., directly. Legal requirements of that jurisdiction apply.

Disclaimer on Officiants

View the Disclaimer on Officiants (PDF).

Contact Us

All questions should be directed to Butler County Marriage License Bureau located within the Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court Office. You may reach the Marriage License Bureau at 724-284-5354.