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Mortimer Issues Marriage License Guidelines for Clarion County

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 12:06 AM

Posted by Caleb Gilliland

mortimerCLARION, Pa. – With wedding bells ringing for many area couples over the summer months, Clarion County Register and Recorder Greg Mortimer has issued guidelines to be followed to obtain a marriage license.

“Under Pennsylvania law, no couple may be joined in marriage in the Commonwealth until a marriage license has been obtained,” explained Mortimer.

“Once the license is issued,” he continued, “the license can be utilized in any county of the Commonwealth.”

To begin the application process, the couple intending to marry must appear together in the Register and Recorder’s first-floor Clarion County Courthouse office. Each applicant must present some form of identification, such as a photo I.D., birth certificate, etc., at the time of application.

The following information is needed for the marriage license application:

– The full names of the applicants;
– Social security numbers, occupations, birthplaces, residences, and dates of birth;
– Whether the marriage contemplated is the first, second, or other marriage of the applicants;
– A statement that neither of the applicants is afflicted with any transmissible diseases;
– A statement that neither of the applicants is related;
– A statement that neither of the applicants is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs; and
– The full name, residence, occupation, and birthplaces of the parents of each applicant, including the maiden name of the mother of each applicant.

If either of the applicants has been divorced, information on the date(s) of divorce(s) and cause(s) of the divorce(s) as listed on the divorce decree(s) must be obtained for the application. If an applicant has been divorced within one month of the marriage license application, a copy of the divorce decree must also be presented to the office.

If either of the applicants has had a previous marriage end through death, the date of the spouse’s death must be submitted for the application process.

Prior to any questions asked of the applicants, they are sworn in under oath that all statements made on the application form are true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

Once the application is completed, there is a three-day waiting period until the license may be issued. In case of an emergency or extraordinary circumstances, the court may be petitioned to waive the waiting period.

There is no longer any requirement that the applicants submit to premarital blood tests and physical examinations.

The marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue. The cost is $40.00.

Under federal and state law, all marriage license applicants are also given the opportunity to register to vote at the time of application.

The Register and Recorder’s Office is open to take applications Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

According to Mortimer, no appointment is necessary. Questions on the procedure may be addressed to the office at 814-226-4000. extension 2500.


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