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One of the most frequently asked questions I get from engaged couples is, do we need witnesses for a marriage license in PA?

The short answer is, no.

The long answer is, the law in Pennsylvania doesn’t require witnesses. When you go to get your marriage license, you’ll sign it; your fiance will sign it; and they’ll sign off on it.

They’ll make sure everything is legal, like you don’t have any divorces that you’re trying to hide. If you do have a divorce in your past, bring your annulment papers or your divorce papers to the court with you when you go to get your marriage license.

The minister will sign it when you give her (or him) the paperwork that you got from the courts. We mail a portion and we keep a portion forever and ever. We give a portion back to you that’s signed and dated.

There are no witnesses required for Pennsylvania because Pennsylvania is a Quaker state. Quakers can actually perform a self-uniting ceremony.

Again, you don’t need witnesses.

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