Marriage License

Frances Roland Kovaleski, Director

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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.

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Lackawanna County
Register of Wills / Clerk of Orphans’ Court
Lackawanna County Government Center
At the Globe
123 Wyoming Ave
Suite 521
Scranton Pa 18503-1632

Frances M Kovaleski
Register of Wills / Clerk of Orphans’


  Lackawanna County


PLEASE E-File at

The office will be open the following Thursdays in 2020:

April 9th, May 14th, June 11th, July 9th, August 13th, September 10th


Time: Normal Hours of operation: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. M-F

Extended hours  9:30 – 7:00 hours listed above

Location: Lackawanna County Government Center at the Globe, 123 Wyoming Ave, Suite 521, Scranton, PA 18503  570-963-6702



Photo ID, (valid driver’s license), OR current Passport, knowledge of Social Security number, along with $70.00 cash, or personal check NO CREDIT CARDS.                             

Once you have applied state law requires a three (3) day waiting period.  The license is valid for 60 days after day of issue and you can use in any of the 67 counties in the State of PA. 

BOTH MUST APPEAR BEFORE THE CLERK at least 3 days prior to your marriage date.

If either of the parties has been previously married they’ll need to present to the clerk, a divorce Decree with a Judges signature, or a death certificate

If you have re-taken your maiden name after a divorce a name change is also necessary.


Time you can apply:

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

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If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to call or email us at [email protected]. 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


Lesa Ricciardi – [email protected]

Justin Giombetti – [email protected]

Joan Panzera – [email protected]

Administrative Contacts 

Frances Roland Kovaleski
Register of Wills
Phone: (570)963-6702
Fax: (570)963-6377
E-mail:  [email protected]

Tracy Diskin Doherty Esq
Deputy Register of Wills
Phone: 570-963-6702
Fax: 570-963-6377
E-mail: [email protected]

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


Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans Court
Lackawanna County Government Center
123 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 521
Scranton, PA 18503

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