Marriage License

Frances Roland Kovaleski, Director


The Marriage License Bureau is a division of the Clerk of Orphans’ Court, an elected office held by Frances Roland Kovaleski.  She has been serving the public in the capacity of Deputy since 1995 and was elected Register and Clerk in November, 2013.

The primary function of the Marriage License Bureau is taking application for and issuing marriage license to couples who plan to be married in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Marriage License Bureau archives all marriage licenses, issued in Lackawanna County from 1885 – to present day.  All births and death records that have been recorded before 1906 are available on-line under the caption of “Genealogy research” and an excellent resource for tracing your family tree.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH – click to begin


Scranton Electric Building, 507 Linden St., Suite 400, Scranton, Pa 18503.  Please phone with any questions.  570-963-6708.


  1. You must appear together in person before the clerk.
  2. Photo ID, valid drivers license or current Passport, knowledge of Social Security number, along with $60.00 cash / personal check or credit card.
  3. Once you have applied in person state law requires a three (3) day waiting period.  The license is valid for 60 days after day of issue. If either of the parties has been previously married they will need to present a “CERTIFIED” copy of divorce DECREE with a Judges signature OR a death certificate.
  4. For the female, if you have re-taken your maiden name, an official name change document is also required.

Time you can apply:

M-F from 9:30 am / 3:30 pm

New extended hours:

The Marriage License Bureau is located at: 

The Scranton Electric Building Suite 400 507 Linden Street Scranton, PA 18503 570-963-6708  w/questions Office hours are 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. (Except Holidays) Hours for marriage license application are 9:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Except Holidays).

As a courtesy April 9th, May 14th, June 11th, July 9th, August 13th, September 10th.  Due to an overwhelming response, we have added the evening of October 7th.

Time for the extended hours only:

The office is opened from 9 am to 7 pm.

Records Search for Register of Wills, Orphans’ Court and Marriage License Bureau

(Note: Pop-ups need to be disabled to access online records.  For support call Infocon at 814-472-6146)

If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to call or email us at Please notice that all Marriage License forms are now available on line for you convenience. This website is intended to benefit the public.


Certified Copy of Original Marriage Record Genealogy Information
Officials Who Can Perform a Marriage Ceremony Dual Citizenship Information


Alex Burda –

Justin Giombetti –

Joan Panzera –

Administrative Contacts 

Frances Roland Kovaleski
Register of Wills
Phone: (570)963-6702
Fax: (570)963-6377

Tracy Diskin Doherty Esq
Deputy Register of Wills
Phone: 570-963-6702
Fax: 570-963-6377

General Inquiries Requests:
Phone: (570)963-6708
Fax: 570-963-6377


The Scranton Electric Building 507 Linden Street, 4th Floor Scranton, PA. 18503