Pennsylvania Marriage & Divorce Vital Records
Most Populous City: Philadelphia
Total Area: 46,055 sq mi
Total Population (2010): 12702379
Pennsylvania marriage records and Pennsylvania divorce records are not available from the Division of Vital Records. Instead, they are available from the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued or the divorce decree was granted. A list of court houses is available via the Internet at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/marriage_and_divorce_certificates/14126. When discovered by Europeans, the region now known as Pennsylvania was inhabited by groups of Native American Indians. Among others, the area was variously sited or explored by Cabot in 1497, the Spanish in 1520, Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524 (who first mapped the area), John Smith in 1608, and Henry Hudson in 1609. The Swedes made the first permanent European settlement in 1637 in what is now Wilmington. In 1664, Pennsylvania was granted to William Penn, a Quaker, by King Charles II and became the seat of the US government from 1776 to 1800. For more information on Pennsylvania vital records, visit Pennsylvania Birth & Death Vital Records
Pennsylvania Vital Records Offices
Record Type: Marriage Certificates, Divorce Records
Note: Marriage and divorce records and index not available here. These certificates are usually obtained from the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued or divorce decree was granted.
Records Available: Statewide Court Records
Administrative Office of PA Courts
PO Box 229
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Business Hours: 9AM-5PM
Note: The website offers links to a variety of translation, terminology, and code files that can be viewed or downloaded, along with a brief description.
Records Available: Criminal Records
Central Repository -164
1800 Elmerton Ave
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758
Business Hours: 8:15AM-4:15PM
Record Access Requirements: Must make request on Request Form SP4-164 or the request will be returned. The form can be found on web page (help menu in PATCH section) or call for form.
Search Note: The record database is 100% fingerprint-supported. Statutorily-required fingerprint searches include an FBI fingerprint search.
Records Available: Incarceration Records
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Bureau of Standards and Security
PO Box 598
Camp Hill, PA 17001-0598
Business Hours: 8AM-4PM
Search Note: Location, physical identifiers, conviction and sentencing information, and release dates are available.
Pennsylvania County Marriage & Divorce Vital Records
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