Marriage to a Pennsylvanian

This page describes how to marry in Pennsylvania and how to sponsor your Pennsylvanian spouse for permanent residence in Canada.

If you want to bring your American spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. For more information, please see our family sponsorship page.

 

Processing Time

If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your American spouse or partner, this application takes an average of 15 months (as of June 2016). If you are sponsoring your American spouse “inland,” the process will take over two years.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship for more information on the processing times of these applications.

 

Pennylvania's Marriage Basic Requirements

In Pennsylvania, as with all US States, you need to apply for a marriage license and register your marriage with the local (county) authorities. Pennsylvania counties have a special marriage office in each county, called the Marriage License Bureau of the Register of Wills. The cost varies, and other requirements may as well.

The legal age to marry in Pennsylvania is only 15. If younger than 15, you’ll need a birth certificate and a parent or guardian to provide in-person consent for the application for a license.

The marriage license fee depends on the county, so make sure you contact them before showing up.

You will need to make sure you have the right documents for the county you are marrying in. Take your passport and all of the documents you brought with you from Canada with you to the court house or county clerk’s office. Your Pennsylvania spouse needs to present their passport, birth certificate and proof of single status.

Some offices requirement appointments so contact them before you go.

In Pennsylvania, there is a 3 day waiting period for the license after you have submitted the application. Moreover, you will have to come back to the Marriage Bureau in order to get it:

Date Application Submitted Pick up Date
(on or after)
Monday Thursday
Tuesday Friday
Wednesday Monday
Thursday Monday
Friday Monday

Once the license is issued, you will have 60 days to marry.

 

Documents required from the Canadian Spouse

  • Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad
  • Original valid Canadian passport
  • Original birth certificate
  • Original death certificate of deceased spouse if widowed
  • Original divorce decree or annulment papers if divorced

 

Documents required form the American Spouse

  • Original valid driver’s license
  • Original birth certificate
  • Original death certificate of deceased spouse if widowed
  • Original divorce decree or annulment papers if divorced
  • Social Security Number

Once you have your marriage license, you have 60 days to have the marriage ceremony.

 

Family Members

Having children does not affect the application for a Marriage License in Pennsylvania.

 

County Clerks

Payment methods vary by county. Always contact the clerk before going to the office to make sure you have the right payment method.

County Register of Wills Address Phone Number Cost Method of Payment Hours Appointment Needed?
Adams County Register & Clerk of Orphans’ Court
117 Baltimore St., Room 103
Gettysburg
PA 17325
717.337.9806 $60.00 Any Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM Book your appointment online
Allegheny County Marriage License Bureau
1st Floor
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh
PA 15219-2741
(412) 350-4230 $80.00 Cash ONLY Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM-7:30PM
None needed
Armstrong County Clerk of Orphans Court
500 East Market Street
Kittanning
PA 16201
724-548-3256 $66.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-3:00PM None needed
Beaver County Register of Wills 810 Third St
1st floor
Beaver, PA 15009
724-770-4548 $65.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM None needed
Bedford County Register of Wills
203 South Juliana Street
Bedford, PA 15522
814-623-4833 $45.00 Call to Confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM None needed
Berks County Register of Wills
633 Court St., 2nd floor
Reading, PA 19601
610-478-6617 $55.00 Call to Confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM Book your appointment here
Blair County Prothonotary Office
423 Allegheny St., #144
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
814-693-3080 $48.00 Call to Confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-3:30PM Call to confirm
Bradford County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
301 Main St.M
Towanda, PA 18848
570-265-1702 $46.00 Call to Confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Bucks County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
55 East Court Street
3rd Floor, Administration Building
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-348-6271 $60.00 Cash (additional fee for money order) Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Book the appointment <a href+"https:="" countyfusion3.propertyinfo.com="" countyweb="" login.do?countyname="BucksPA&quot;" target="_blank">here
Butler County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
Government Center, Level L
124 West Diamond St.
Butler, PA 16001
724-284-5379 $60.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM None needed
Cambria County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
814-472-5440, ext. 243 $45.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 9:00AM-3:30PM None needed
Cameron County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
20 East Fifth Street
Emporium, PA 15834
814-486-3349 ext. 3 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to see whether or not an appointment is needed
Carbon County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
1 Hazard Square, 1st floor
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
570-325-2261 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to see whether or not an appointment is needed
Centre County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
414 Holmes St., Suite #2
Willow Bank Office Building
Bellefonte, PA 16823
$50.00 Cash, check or money order Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM None needed
Chester County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
201 West Market Street
Suite 2200
West Chester, PA 19380
610-344-6335 $75.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM None needed
Clarion County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
421 Main Street
Suite 24
Clarion, PA 16214
814-226-4000 ext. 2500 $40.00 Cash or check Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM None needed
Clearfield County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
1 North Second Street
Suite #103
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-765-2641 ext. 8 $25.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM None needed
Clinton County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
230 East Water Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
570-893-4010 $35.00 Cash or check Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM-12:00PM
None needed
Columbia Count Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
35 West Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570-389-5615 $44.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM Call to see whether or not an appointment is needed
Crawford County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
903 Diamond Park
Meadville, PA 16335
814-333-7442 $57.50 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM Call to see whether or not an appointment is needed
Cumberland County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
1 Courthouse Square, Room 102
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-240-6345 888-697-0371 x 6345 $50.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM None needed
Dauphin County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
101 Market St.
1st floor, Room 103
Harrisburg, PA 17101
717-780-6506 $60.00 Cash or money order Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM Book your appointment here
Delaware County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
201 West Front Street
Government Center Building
Media, PA 19063
610-891-4548 $60.00 Cash, credit or debit
(extra fee for credit or debit)
Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM Not needed
Elk County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
240 Main Street
Ridgeway, PA 15853
814-776-5349 $35.00 Call to Confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM Call to confirm
Erie County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
140 West Sixth Street
Room 123
Erie, PA 16501
814.451.6264 $45.00 Cash only Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM None needed
Fayette County Register of Wills
61 East Main Street
Uniontown, PA 15401
724-430-1206 $40.00 Cash only Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-12:00PM
1:00PM-3:45PM
None needed
Forest County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
526 Elm Street #2
Tionesta, PA 16353
814-755-3526 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM None needed
Franklin County Clerk of Orphan’s Court
Office 157
Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA 17201
717-261-3805 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM None needed
Fulton County Prothonotary Office
201 North Second Street
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
717-485-4212 $45.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM None needed
Greene County Clerk of Courts
10 East High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
724-852-5281 or 724-852-5282 $31.00 Cash only Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM None needed
Huntingdon County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
223 Penn Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814-643-2740 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Indiana County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts
825 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
724-465-3860 $45.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM Call to confirm
Jefferson County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
200 Main Street
Brookville, PA 15825
(814) 849-1610 $45.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM Call to confirm
Juaniata County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
1 North Main Street
Mifflintown, PA 17059
717-436-7709 $45.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Closes at Noon on Wednesdays between June and September
Call to confirm
Lackawanna County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
Scranton Electric Building
507 Linden St., Suite 400
Scranton, PA 18503
570-963-6702 $55.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 9:30AM-3:30PM
Some Thursdays have extended hours
Book appointment at this site
Lancaster County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
50 North Duke St., 2nd floor
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-295-3533 $60.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:15PM None available
Lawrence County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
430 Court Street
New Castle, PA 16101
724-658-2541 $51.00 Call to Confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM Call to Confirm
Lebanon County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
400 South Eighth St., Room 105
Lebanon, PA 17042
717-228-4415 $70.00 No personal checks Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:15PM Call to Confirm
Lehigh County Orphans’ Court Division
455 West Hamilton Street
Room 123.5
Allentown, PA 18105
610-782-3173 $50.00 Call to Confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM Call to Confirm
Luzerne County Register of Wills
Penn Place Annex
20 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
570-825-1668 $50.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 9:00AM-12:00PM
1:00PM-4:30PM
Book your appointment here
Lycoming County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
48 West Third St.
1st floor
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-327-2263 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM Call to confirm
McKean County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
500 Main StreetM
Smethport, PA 16749
814-887-3263 $40.00 Cash or money order Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM None needed
Mercer County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
100 North Diamond Street
Mercer, PA 16137
724-662-7548 $45.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Mifflin County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
20 North Wayne Street
Lewistown, PA 17044
717-242-1449 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Monroe County Register of Wills
7th and Monroe Streets
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
570-517-3385 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Montgomery County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
One Montgomery Plaza
4th floor
Norristown, PA 19404
610-278-3414 or 610-292-4965 $50.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:15PM None needed
Montour County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
29 Mill Street
Danville, PA 17821
570-271-3010 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM Call to confirm
Northhampton County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
669 Washington St.
Government Center
Easton, PA 18042
610-559-3094 or 610-559-3095 $50.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM None needed
Northumberland County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
201 Market Street
Sunbury, PA 17801
570-988-4143 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM Book your appointment here
Perry County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
2 East Main Street
New Bloomfield, PA 17068
717-582-2131 ext. 2237 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM Call to confirm
Philadelphia County Register of Wills
Broad and Market Streets
City Hall Room 415
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-686-2233 $90.00 Cash or money order Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM-7:30PM
None needed
Pike County Clerk of Orphans’ Court
412 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
570-296-7231 ext. 1210 $32.50 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM None needed
Potter County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
One East Second St., Room 23
Coudersport, PA 16915
814-274-9740 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Schuylkill County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
401 North 2nd Street
1st Floor
Pottsville, PA 17901
570-628-1382 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Snyder County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
9 West Market Street
Middleburg, PA 17842
570-837-4202 $39.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Somerset County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
111 East Union Street
Suite 145
Somerset, PA 15501
814-445-1548 $60.00 Cash or money order Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM None needed
Sullivan County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
245 Muncy Street
LaPorte, PA 18626
570-946-7351 $35.50 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM None needed
Susquehanna County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
105 Maple Street
Montrose, PA 18801
570-278-4600 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Tioga County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
118 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16091
570-724-9260 $35.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM Call to confirm
Union County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
103 South 2nd Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
570-524-8630 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Venango County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
1168 Liberty St, 1st Floor
Franklin, PA 16323
814-432-9539 $40.00 Cash ONLY Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM None needed
Warren County Register and Recorder of Court
204 4th Ave.
Warren, PA 16365
814-728-3430 $26.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Washington County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
1 South Main Street
Suite 1002
Washington, PA 15301
724-228-6775 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM Call to confirm
Wayne County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
925 Court St.
2nd floor Annex
Honesdale, PA 1843
570-253-5970 ext. 1220 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM Call to confirm
Westmoreland County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
2 North Main Street
3rd floor, Suite 301
Greensburg, PA 15601
724-830-3196 $70.00 Credit cards accepted Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:15AM-4:15PM
Tuesday: 8:15AM-6:00PM
Call to confirm
Wyoming County Register and Clerk of Orphans’ Court 1 Courthouse Square Tunkhannock, PA 18657 570-996-2232 $41.50 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM Call to confirm
York County Clerk of Orphan’s Court Marriage License Bureau 45 North George St., 2nd floor York, PA 17401 717-771-9288 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday to Friday: 8:00AM-4:15PM Book your appointment here

 

Note: All courthouses are closed for government holidays.

 

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Religion

Only about 54% of Pennsylvanians say they’re religious (at least, as of 2010). Of those 54%, their affiliation breaks down like this:

  • Christianity – 80%
  • Protestant – 51%
  • Mainline Protestant – 25%
  • Evangelical Protestant – 18%
  • Black Protestant – 7%
  • Jehovah's Witnesses – 1%
  • Roman Catholic – 29%
  • Orthodox – 1%
  • Non-religious/Unaffiliated – 13%
  • Judaism – 2%
  • Other religions – 1%
  • Don't know/Refused to say – 1%

 

List of American Consulates in Canada

Embassy in Ottawa

Consulate General in Calgary

Consulate General in Halifax

Consulate General in Montreal

Consulate General in Quebec

Consulate in General Toronto

Consulate in General Vancouver

Consulate in Winnipeg

 

US Visa Requirements

Canadian citizens do not need a visa to travel to the United States for tourism as long as you are staying for less than 3 months. However you may need a visa if you are travelling for another reason (in addition to getting married).

If you are a Canadian permanent resident, you may need a visa.

 

Calling Pennsylvania from Canada

The country code for the US is 1, which is also the code for Canada.

To call Pennsylvania just dial 1 – area code – local number, like you would for any long distance number in Canada.

These are some area codes for Pennsylvania:

Map of Pennsylvania's area codes

 

[Public Domain]

  • 215: The city of Philadelphia and its immediately surrounding areas in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania directly to its north
  • 267: An overlay of 215
  • 272: An overlay of 570
  • 412: The city of Pittsburgh and its immediately surrounding areas in Allegheny County
  • 484: Southeastern Pennsylvania outside Philadelphia, including the Lehigh Valley, but excluding all but northernmost Bucks County and the eastern half of Montgomery County
  • 570: Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Scranton and Wilkes-Barre
  • 582: Northwestern Pennsylvania, to be split from 814 in 2012
  • 610: Southeastern Pennsylvania outside Philadelphia, including the Lehigh Valley, but excluding all but northernmost Bucks County and the eastern half of Montgomery County
  • 717: South Central Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York
  • 724: Southwestern Pennsylvania outside Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (except for outermost areas, such as Wexford, Gibsonia, Tarentum, parts of Monroeville, and parts of southern AC); completely surrounds 412
  • 814: Northwestern and central Pennsylvania, from Bedford County to Centre County extending to the shores of Lake Erie, and including the city of Erie
  • 878: Southwestern Pennsylvania.

 

Time Differences

Pennsylvania is on East Coast Time, the same time zone as Toronto and Montreal.

 

Calling Canada from the United States

List of Canadian Area Codes:

Province Code Province Code
Alberta

403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867
BC

236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)

Ontario

226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)

249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)

289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)

343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)

416 / 647 (Toronto)

807 (northwestern Ontario)

Manitoba 204 / 431 PEI 782 / 902
New Brunswick 506 Quebec

418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)

438 / 514 (Montreal)

450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)

819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)

Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902    

 

Emergency Information for Canadians in the United States

The Department of Homeland Security Traveller Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP) in US is a single point of contact for individuals who have inquiries or seek resolution regarding difficulties they experienced during their travel screening at transportation hub like airports, train stations or crossing U.S. borders, including:

  • watch list issues
  • screening problems at ports of entry
  • situations where travellers feel they have been unfairly or incorrectly delayed, denied boarding or identified for additional screening.

 

List of Canadian Consulates in Pennsylvania

There are no Canadian consulates in Pennsylvania. Depending upon where you are located, you may want to contact the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC or the Canadian Consulate in New York City. You can see the full list of Canadian consulates here.

 

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