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Getting married in Kentucky

IMPORTANT NOTE: Marriage laws and license requirements change continually, so please check the latest information with your local marriage license bureau office or county clerk's office before making your wedding or travel plans, and before inviting your guests.

Marriage licenses are issued in the County Clerk’s office in each county. If you have any questions, please contact the county clerk's office in your area. Both bride and groom must appear together.

The bride and groom complete an application. Information needed (from both bride & groom) to complete the application includes:

Name & address; Date of birth & age; Place of Birth (If in Kentucky 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 bride & groom; Occupations of bride & groom; Race of bride & groom; Whether bride & groom are related (First & second cousins are not permitted to marry in Kentucky); Date of marriage.

Who may apply for a marriage license

You must be 18 years of age to be married in Kentucky without parental consent.

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.

Cousin marriages are not permitted.

ID requirements

Acceptable forms of identification include a Drivers License, current picture ID, Social Security card, birth certificate, or passport.

Previous marriages

The number of previous marriages of the bride and groom is stated on the marriage license application form.

Blood tests and other tests

No blood test is required prior to issuance of a marriage license.

Marriage ceremonies and witnesses

Two witnesses are required to sign the marriage license.

Officiants

Marriage shall be solemnized only by clergy, justices and judges of the Court of Justice, retired justices and judges of the Court of Justice, county judge/executives, such as justices of the peace and fiscal court commissioners as the Governor or the county judge/executive authorizes, and certain religious societies.

The marriage license should be returned to the county clerk within one month of the marriage ceremony.

Fees

The marriage license fee costs approximately $34.50 - $36 depending on the county, and the license fee is non-refundable.

Waiting period

No waiting period is required prior to issuance of a marriage license.

Validity of license

The license is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and must be used within the State of Kentucky.

Copy of marriage certificate

http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/mdcert.htm

Kentucky Department for Public Health
Office of Vital Statistics
275 East Main Street - IE-A
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4212
Fax: (502) 227-0032

For more information

Here is a list of County Clerk offices in Kentucky:

Adair County Clerk
Columbia, KY
270.384.2801
Allen County Clerk
Scottsville, KY
270.237.3706
Anderson County Clerk
Lawrenceburg, KY
270.839.3041
Ballard County Clerk
Wickliffe, KY
270.335.5168
Barren County Clerk
Glasgow, KY
270.651.3783
Bath County Clerk
Owingsville, KY
606.674.2613
Bell County Clerk
Pineville, KY
606.337.6143
Boone County Clerk
Burlington, KY
606.334.2206
Bourbon County Clerk
Paris, KY
606.987.2142
Boyd County Clerk
Catlettsburg, KY
606.739.5116
Boyle County Clerk
Danville, KY
606.238.1110
Bracken County Clerk
Brooksville, KY
606-735-2952
Breathitt County Clerk
Jackson, KY
606.666.3810
Breckinridge County Clerk
Hardinsburg, KY
270.756.2246
Bullitt County Clerk
Shepherdsville, KY
270.543.2513
Butler County Clerk
Morgantown, KY
270.526.5676
Caldwell County Clerk
Princeton, KY
270.365.6754
Callloway County Clerk
Murry, KY
270.753.3923
Campbell County Clerk
Newport, KY
606.292.3845
Carlisle County Clerk
Bardwell, KY
270.628.3233
Carroll County Clerk
Carrollton, KY
270.732.7005
Carter County Clerk
Grayson, KY
606.474.5188
Casey County Courthouse
Liberty, KY
606.787.6471
Christian County Clerk
Hopkinsville, KY
270.887.4105
Clark County Clerk
Winchester, KY
606.745.0280
Clay County Clerk
Manchester, KY
606.598.2544
Clinton County Clerk
Albany, KY
606.387.5943
Crittenden County Clerk
Marion, KY
270.965.3403
Cumberland County Recorder
Burkesville, KY
270.864.3726
Daviess County Clerk
Owensboro, KY
270.685.8434
Elliot County Clerk
Sandy Hook, KY
606.738.5421
Estill County Clerk
Irvine, KY
606.723.5156
Fayette County Clerks
Lexington, KY
606.253.3344
Fleming County Clerks
Flemingsburg, KY
606.845.8461
Floyd County Clerk
Prestonsburg, KY
606.886.3816
Franklin County Clerk
Frankfurt, KY
270.875.8702
Fulton County Clerk
Hickman, KY
270.236.2727
Gallatin County Clerk
Warsaw, KY
606.567.5411
Garrard County Court
Lancaster, KY
606.792.3071
Grant County Clerk
Williamstown, KY
606.824.3321
Graves County Clerk
Kentucky, KY
270.247.1697
Grayson County Clerk
Leitchfield, KY
270.259.3201
Green County Clerk
Greensburg, KY
270.932.5386
Greenup County Clerk
Greenup, KY
606.473.7331
Hancock County Clerk
Hawesville, KY
270.927.8137
Hardin County Clerk
Elizabethtown, KY
270.765.2171
Harlan County Clerk
Harlan, KY
606.573.3636
Harrison County Clerk
Cynthiana, KY
606.234.7130
Hart County Clerk
Munfordville, KY
270.524.2751
Henderson County Clerk
Henderson, KY
270.826.3906
Henry County Clerk
Newcastle, KY
270.845.5705
Hickman County Clerk
Clinton, KY
270.653.2131
Hopkins County Clerk
Madisonville, KY
270.821.7361
Jackson County Clerk
McKee, KY
606.287.7800
Jefferson County Clerk
Louisville, KY
270.574.5700
Jessamine County Clerk
Nicholasville, KY
606.885.4161
Johnson County Clerk
Paintsville, KY
606.789.2557
Kenton County Clerk
Covington, KY
606.491.0702
Kenton-I County Clerk
Independence, KY
606.356.9272
Knott County Clerks
Hindman, KY
606.785.5651
Knox County Clerk
Barbourville, KY
606.546.3568
Larue County Clerk
Hodgenville, KY
270.358.3544
Laurel County Clerk
London, KY
606.864.5158
Lawrence County Clerk
Louisa, KY
606.638.4108
Lee County Clerk
Beattyville, KY
606.464.4115
Leslie County Clerk
Hyden, KY
606.672.2193
Letcher County Clerk
Whitesburg, KY
606.633.2432
Lewis County Clerk
Vanceburg, KY
606.796.3062
Lincoln County Clerk
Stanford, KY
606.365.4570
Livingston County Clerk
Smithland, KY
270.928.2162
Logan County Clerk
Russellville, KY
270.726.6061
Lyon County Clerk
Eddyville, KY
270.388.2331
Madison County Clerk
Richmond, KY
606.624.4707
Magoffin County Clerk
Salyersville, KY
606.349.2216
Marion County Clerk
Lebanon, KY
270.692.2651
Marshall County Clerk
Benton, KY
270.527.4740
Martin County Clerk
Inez, KY
606.298.2810
Mason County Clerk
Mayville, KY
606.564.3341
McCracken County Clerk
Paducah, KY
270.444.4700
McCreary County Clerk
Whitley City, KY
606.376.2411
Mc Lean County Clerk
Calhoun, KY
270.273.3082
Meade County Court Clerk
Brandenburg, KY
270.422.2152
Manifee County Clerk
Frenchburg, KY
606.768.3512
Mercer County Recorder
Harrodsburg, KY
606.734.6310
Metcalfe County Clerk
Edmonton, KY
270.432.4821
Monroe County Clerk
Tompkinsville, KY
270.487.5471
Montgomery County Clerk
Mount Sterling, KY
606.498.8700
Morgan County Court Clerk
West Liberty, KY
606.743.3949
Nelson County Clerk
Bardstown, KY
270.348.1830
Nicholas County Clerk
Carlisle, KY
606.289.3730
Ohio County Recorder
Hartford, KY
270.298.3673
Oldham County Clerk
La Grange, KY
270.222.9311
Owen County Clerk
Owenton, KY
270.484.2213
Owsley County Clerk
Booneville, KY
606.593.5735
Pendleton County Clerk
Falmouth, KY
606.654.3380
Perry County Clerk
Hazard, KY
606.436.2812
Pike County Clerk
Pikeville, KY
606.432.6247
Powell County Clerk
Stanton, KY
606.663.6444
Pulaski County Clerk
Somerset, KY
606.679.2042
Robertson County Clerk
Mount Olivet, KY
606.724.5212
Rockcastle County Clerk
Mount Vernon, KY
606.256.2831
Rowan County Clerk
Morehead, KY
606.784.5212
Russell County Clerk
Jamestown, KY
270.343.2125
Scott County Courthouse
Georgetown, KY
270.863.7875
Shelby County Clerk
Shelbyville, KY
270.633.4410
Simpson County Clerk
Franklin, KY
270.586.8161
Spencer County Clerk
Taylorsville, KY
270.477.3215
Taylor County Clerk
Campbellsville, KY
270.465.7011
Todd County Clerk
Elkton, KY
270.265.2363
Trigg County Clerk
Cadiz, KY
270.522.6661
Trimble County Clerk
Bedford, KY
270.255.7174
Union County Clerk
Morganfield, KY
270.389.1334
Warren County Clerk
Bowling Green, KY
270.842.9416
Washington County Clerk
Springfield, KY
606.336.5425
Wayne County Clerk
Monticello, KY
606.348.5721
Webster County Clerk
Dixon, KY
270.639.7006
Whitley County Clerk
Williamsburg, KY
606.549.6035
Woodford County Clerk
Versailles, KY
606.873.3421
 

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