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Marriage Licenses

In order to obtain a marriage license the following requirements must be met:

  • The bride and groom must apply for the license together.
  • Both must be 18 years old or older
  • Both must present an acceptable form of identification, such as a driver’s license, government issued picture ID, or passport.
  • There is a $35.50 fee for the license.

NOTE: The marriage license is valid anywhere in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is valid for 30 days (including the date issued), and there is no waiting period, blood test, or physical requirements.

Marriage with person under age 18

The following requirements must be met prior to issuing a marriage license if the bride or groom is under 18 years of age:

  • Must be 16 years of age.  No bride or groom 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 apply 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 of 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 of Marriage Form for each minor.
  • If the parents of either minor are divorced, custody papers are required to sign the Consent of 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 of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
For questions, please call (859) 334-2276.