Marriage License Frequently Asked Questions
Marriage License Requirements:
- Both must be 18 years old or older (if either party is under 18, please see requirements below)
- There is no waiting period, blood test or physical requirement.
- The marriage license is valid for 30 days, including the date issued.
- The marriage license is valid anywhere in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
How can we obtain our marriage license?
- Both parties must apply for the license together.
- Both must present an acceptable form of ID (Drivers’ license, government issued picture ID, original birth certificate, passport, or social security card)
- Correct spelling of father’s full name and mother’s full maiden name (first, middle and last)
- Fee of $50.50 is due in full at the time of application
What do we do after we are married?
- The officiate will return the signed marriage application to the County Clerk’s Office. It will be filed with the County Clerk and a Marriage License will be issued to the couple.
- When changing your maiden name, you will take your marriage license to the Social Security Administration.
- Upon receiving clearance from the Social Security Administration, then you may change your name on your driver’s license.
- The “recognition” of a minister can take the form of ordination or license, or any other form which expresses clearly the fact that a religious group recognizes the person or looks to the person as a minister of that specific group. Currently, there is not a registration process for a minister to preform ceremonies in Kentucky.
Need a copy of a marriage license?
- For a marriage license copy request, the following fees are required:
- Photocopy: $0.50 per page
- Certified copy: $5.00 per certified copy
Requirements to marry a person under the age of 18
- Must be 16 years of age. Neither party can be under 16 may be issued a marriage license without an order from the District Court. The bride must be pregnant before the court will issue an order.
- A female minor must make application in the county of her parent’s residence, but can get married in another county after she has completed the requirements for the license.
- A Consent to Marriage Form (84-FCC-501) is required. This must be completed, witnessed, signed by the parents 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 and Driver’s License/State ID
NOTE: Legal guardian must have full guardianship. Kentucky does not marry minors whose parents reside outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky.