Location & Hours Of Operation
Hours for marriage license applications are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm; Applicants must appear together before 4:00pm to apply.
The Marriage License Department is located at: on the Third Floor of the Monroe County Courthouse
610 Monroe Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Phone: (570) 517-3385
Documentation & Requirements
- Applicants for a marriage license must appear together in person.
- The cost of the application is $40.00.
- Each applicant must present a form of identification;
Both government issued photo ID and birth certificate or a valid passport are required.
Ř Photo I.D. (Driver’s License, Passport, etc.)
Ř A Birth Certificate with raised seal (no photo Copies) or a Passport (no photo Copies) To obtain a certified copy of your birth record please look at the information printed below.
- Any applicant unwilling to produce his or her Birth Certificate with a raised seal or a Passport at the time of application will be denied a marriage license. Additional proof of identity may be required if circumstances so warrant.
- Non-US citizens must produce their green card, passport, or birth certificate (translated to English), together with one other form of acceptable ID.
- If either applicant cannot speak or understand English, an interpreter is required. Applicants may bring an interpreter of their choosing who is at least 18 years old, however, one applicant cannot act as interpreter for the other applicant
- Any previously married applicant must produce evidence of the prior marriage's dissolution in the form of a certified copy of a divorce decree (the date of which must be at least thirty days prior to the application date) or a death certificate.
· Many Agencies now require a “Certified Copy” of your Marriage License to change your name, such as the Social Security Office. For your convenience we will be sending one (1) “Certified Copy” of your Marriage License to you after we get the paperwork back from the person who performed your Marriage Ceremony, $10.00 Certification fee will now be included in the cost of the Marriage License.
- As of June 26, 1997 there is no requirement that applicants have a physical or blood tests.
Issuance & Validity
- There is a three-day waiting period from the date of application until the date of issuance of a license.
- Once issued, a marriage license is valid for 60 days anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- Applicants need not be residents of the county in which they apply for a marriage license unless one of them is a minor.
- If either applicant is 16 or 17 years old, one or both of his or her parents must sign a consent form. Such applicants must provide a long form birth certificate reflecting the birth parents names. If the minor applicant's parents are not married to each other, the parent with legal custody must consent.
- If either minor applicant is 15 years old or younger, in addition to the parental consent requirement, a hearing will be scheduled to obtain the judge's consent to the issuance of a marriage license.
- In the event that a marriage license is either denied or expires without being used, the application fee is non-refundable
Certification of Marriage Records
Certification of marriage license records regarding all persons who applied for a marriage license in Monroe County can be obtained as follows:
- Send a written request containing the groom's name, the bride's name (including maiden name) and the approximate date of the marriage.
- Include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
- Include payment ($10.00 for each record or copy requested) in the form of a money order payable to the Monroe County Clerk of Orphans’ Court.
To Obtain a Certified Copy of Your Birth Record
To obtain a certified copy of your Pennsylvania birth record or the record or an immediate family member, you are welcome to visit the Department of Health’s web site at:
Or you may choose one of the following options:
- By visiting one of the public offices located in:
Scranton: (570) 963-4595
Division of Vital Records
Room 112, Scranton State Office Building
100 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503-1928
- New Castle: (412) 656-3100 or (412) 656-3126
- Pittsburgh: (412) 578-8026
- Harrisburg: (717) 346-1470 or (717) 346-1471
- Scranton: (570) 963-4595
- Erie: (814) 451-6700
- Philadelphia: (215) 686-5000
2. By sending your request via facsimile machine using a valid credit card.
3. By mailing your request, with the required fees, and necessary information pertaining to the birth to:
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16101
All of these options are further explained including processing times, by visiting the Department of Health’s web site at: http://www.vitalchek.com