Yes, at this time, we are processing marriage record requests on an exclusively contact-free basis. Please understand that requests may take fourteen (14) business days to process, with additional delays experienced during the COVID-19 emergency as well as any delays associated with the U.S. mail, which is entirely outside of our control. Prior to payment, you should review all of this information on this page to determine if Delaware County is the county where the marriage license was issued—if not, we will be happy to refund your payment, but it may take two weeks to process your refund. For more information on which type of marriage record you want, please read all the questions and answers posted on this page.
You can check our Online Records Search: Marriage Licenses. The Register of Wills office now offers all members of the public the ability to search the existence of marriage records (but not images of documents, such as the actual license) of our records anytime for free by proceeding to our portal, clicking the LOGIN AS GUEST button (no username/password is required), selecting Search Public Records option, selecting Marriage Names, and searching for your record. This eliminates the need for individuals to wait for our office to confirm whether Delaware County, PA is where you applied for your marriage record. It will also cut down on the number of instances when a marriage record is ordered from us in error, as users can first check to determine if the marriage record is in our records. We are not offering images of documents such as the license itself at this time due to privacy concerns, but users can still proceed with a purchase of a marriage record that we have by proceeding to Online Ordering of Copies. For a video walkthrough of how to use this service, please view the Searching for the Existence of Marriage Records Online video or click below:
In Pennsylvania, the Clerk of the Orphans’ Court Division of each county is responsible for maintaining the records of all marriages in the county where the marriage license was issued.
All requests must provide the applicants’ complete names at the time of their marriage application, as well as the appropriate fee, and date of marriage.
Upon receipt of a request, the Marriage Records Department will conduct a search and prepare the marriage record requested. It is important to remember that a marriage record is maintained in the county where the marriage license was issued. If you do not know where your marriage license was issued, you should contact our office to obtain more information prior to submitting your payment. If you submit payment and we do not have your marriage license, we will be happy to refund your payment, but it may take ten to fourteen days to process (for credit card payments).
There are a variety of reasons why an individual may need a copy of a marriage record. For example, the Social Security Administration typically requires a “certified” marriage record in order to complete a name change. It is important to complete a name change prior to filing a joint income tax return with the Department of Treasury; otherwise, a tax refund will not be issued. Other reasons why you may need a copy of a Marriage Record include: collecting Social Security or pension benefits, for mortgage, adoption or passport purposes and any other situation where proof of marriage is required. It is recommended that before requesting a marriage record, you first determine the type of record which is appropriate for your needs.
There are three types of marriage records available. The first is a plain copy of the marriage record which is usually not for official use but typically for family histories or personal use. The second type of marriage record is referred to as a “certified” copy which is usually used for in-state purposes, such as changing a name for Social Security Benefits. The third type is record available is an “exemplified” marriage record. This type of record is typically used for foreign governments and immigration.
Traditionally, each applicant's full name, age, residence, occupation, and place of birth are contained on marriage license applications. In addition, the name of each applicant's parents as well as their occupations and places of birth are part of each application. The Delaware County Marriage Records Department maintains all marriage records for licenses issued in Delaware County from 1885 to the present. All of these records are open to the public and available for viewing.
The cost for Marriage Records vary from county to county. Delaware County charges are as follows: Plain copy $ 2.00, Certified Copy $25.00, and Exemplified Copy $30.00. This fee will be waived for active or veteran members of the military when obtaining one certified copy of their own marriage record. Please provide proof of military service.
Although the office is closed to the public at this time due to the coronavirus emergency, our Virtual Marriage Record Department is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, and closed holidays. We would be happy to assist you over the phone or email.
Applicants who have questions concerning any of the materials contained in this web page may contact the Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court Office main number at (610) 891-4400 and follow the prompts, or email RegOfWills@co.delaware.pa.us.