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Kentucky State, KY

State of Kentucky
Marriage License Requirements

  • The fee for a Kentucky marriage license is $35.50. and is required at the time of application.

  • Both applicants must be 18 years of age to be married in Kentucky without parental consent.

  • Applicants must apply for the license together.

  • Both must present an acceptable form of ID.

  • There is no waiting period, blood test, or physical requirements.

  • To get married in the state of Kentucky you must first apply for a marriage license at any in-state County Clerk’s office.

  • The marriage license is valid for 30 days, including the date issued.

  • The marriage license is valid anywhere in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


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Application:

To complete the application for a marriage license, a couple must:

Information needed (from both applicants) to complete the application includes:

  • Name & address

  • Date of birth & age

  • Place of Birth (If in KY give county, in another state give state)

  • Father’s name

  • Mother’s first & maiden name

  • Current status of bride & groom (Single, Divorced, Annulled, Widowed)

  • Number of previous marriages of both applicants

  • Occupations of both applicants

  • Race of both applicants

  • Whether applicants are related (First & second cousins are not permitted to marry in Kentucky)

  • Date of marriage


ID Requirement in Kentucky:

  • Driver’s License

  • Government issued picture ID

  • Passport

  • Original Birth Certificate

  • Social Security Card


Waiting Period in Kentucky:

There is no waiting period in Kentucky.


Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Kentucky.


Previous Marriages: ✔ Search Marriage | Divorce Records

If previously married, applicant must provide documentation to prove a previous marriage has been dissolved either through death or divorce.


Marriage License Fees in Kentucky:

The fees to get married in Kentucky are $35.50+. Fee may vary from county to county.



Proxy Marriages:

No.


Cousin Marriages:

No. Kentucky won’t recognize these marriages even if legal in another state.


Common Law Marriages:

No.


Blood test in Kentucky:

No blood test.


Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.


Under 18: ✔ Get Copy Of Birth Certificate

  • Applicants 16 & 17 years old must have parental consent and the license issued in the county of residence of the under aged applicant. If both applicants are under age, the application needs to be made in the bride’s county of residence

  • No one under the age of 16 may be issued a license unless they are pregnant and have a District Court Judge issue a court order directing the Clerk to do so.

  • A Consent to Marriage Form (84-FCC-501) is required. This must be completed, witnessed, signed by the parent or legal guardian* of the minor, and sworn by the deputy clerk. (A guardian must bring the document affirming guardianship).

  • One parent or legal guardian* and two witnesses 18 years old or older, must sign the Consent to Marriage Form for each minor.

  • If the parents of either minor are divorced, custody papers are required to sign the Consent to Marriage Form.

  • Birth certificate or driver’s license must be presented. Parents/legal guardians need to present a valid ID as well.


*Legal guardian must have full guardianship.

Note: Kentucky does not marry minors whose parents reside outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


Officiants in Kentucky:

  • Marriages shall be solemnized only by clergy, justices and judges of the Court of Justice; retired justices and judges of the Court of Justice, except those removed for cause or convicted of a felony; county judge/executives; such justices of the peace and fiscal court commissioners as the Governor or the county judge/executive authorizes, and certain religious societies.

  • At least two persons in addition to the parties and the person solemnizing the marriage must be present at every marriage.

  • There are no residency requirements or licensing requirements applicable to ministers or priests who wish to perform marriages in Kentucky.

  • A minister or priest, all justices and judges of the Court of Justice, justices of the peace and fiscal court commissioners may perform marriages anywhere in Kentucky.


Witnesses:

Yes, two persons other than those being married and the person solemnizing the marriage must be present as witnesses.


License Validity Time:

  • The license is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and the license fee is non-refundable.

  • The license must be used within the State of Kentucky.



Copy of Certificate of Marriage

Kentucky Dept. for Public Health
Office of Vital Statistics
275 East Main Street – IE-A
Frankfort, KY 40621
Ph: 502.564.4212
Fx: 502.227.0032


Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. For more information regarding Kentucky marriage license laws please visit www.chfs.ky.gov.