If you're getting married in the state of Kansas you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is roughly $59.00 to $85.00 dollars, although fees may vary from county to county. Accepted forms of payment are cash or money order.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of Kansas to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is a mandatory 3 day waiting period before your license is issued to you. In most states, the waiting period does not include Saturdays, Sundays or federal holidays. In some instances, the day the application is filed is not included within the waiting period timeline.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 6 months from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be provided.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Kansas or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

Yes. Kansas is one of only five states that does allow marriage by proxy to be legally performed.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Kansas marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in Kansas. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

No, cousin marriages are not allowed.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in Kansas.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Kansas has 96 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Anderson County District Court
100 E 4th Ave
Garnett, KS 66032
Ashland County District Court
Court House
Ashland, KS 67831
Atchison County District Court
423 North 5th
Atchison, KS 66002
Barber County Courthouse Register of Deeds
120 E Washington
Medicine Lodge, KS 67104
Barton County Register of Deeds
1400 Main St Courthouse
Great Bend, KS 67530
Bourbon County District Court
210 So. National
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Brown County District Court
601 Oregon St
Hiawatha, KS 66434
Butler County District Court
205 W Central
El Dorado, KS 67042
Chase County District Court Courthouse Square
300 Pearl St
Cotton Falls, KS 66845
Chautauqua District Court Clerk
215 N Chautauqua St
Sedan, KS 67361
Cherokee Clerk District Court
100 West Maple
Columbus, KS 66725
Cheyenne District Court Clerk
212 Washington St
St Francis, KS 67756
Clay County District Clerk
P.O. Box 63
Clay Center, KS 67432
Cloud District Court Clerk
811 Washington St
Kansas, KS 66901
Coffey County District Court
Coffey County Courthouse
Burlington, KS 66839
Comanche District Court Clerk Office
201 S New York
Coldwater, KS 67029
Cowley County District Court
311 East Ninth St
P.O. Box 741

Winfield, KS 67156
Crawford County District Court
P.O. Box 69
Girard, KS 66743
Decatur County District Court
P.O. Box 167
Oberlin, KS 67749
Dickinson District Court Clerk
100 N Buckeye Ave
Abilene, KS 67410
Doniphan County District Court
County Court House
Troy, KS 66087
Douglas County District Court
11th Massachusetts
Lawrence, KS 66044
Edward County District Court
312 Massachusetts
Kinsley, KS 67546
Elk County District Court Clerk
127 N Pine St
Howard, KS 67349
Ellis County District Court
1204 Fort St
Hays Kansas, KS 67601
Ellsworth District Court Clerk
210 Kansas
Ellsworth, KS 67439
Ford County District Court Clerk
P.O. Box 1352
Dodge City, KS 67801
Franklin County District Court
301 S Main St
Ottawa, KS 66067
Geary County District Court
540 Grant Ave
Junction City, KS 66441
Gove County District Court
Court House
Gove, KS 67736
Graham County District Court
410 Pomeroy
Hill City, KS 67642
Grant County District Clerk
108 S. Glenn St
Ulysses, KS 67880
Gray County District Court
300 S. Main
Cimarron, KS 67835
Greeley County District Court
616 2nd St
Tribune, KS 67879
Greenwood County District Court
311 N Main St
Ureka, KS 67045
Hamilton County District Court Clerk
219 N Main St
Syracuse, KS 67878
Harper County District Court
201 N Jennings
Anthony, KS 67003
Harvey County District Court
800 N Main St
Newton, KS 67114
Haskell County District Court
306 Inman St
Sublette, KS 67877
Hodgeman County District Court
P.O. Box 505
Jetmore, KS 67854
Jackson County District Court
400 New York St Fl 3
Holton, KS 66436
Jefferson County District Court
310 Jefferson
P.O. Box 352

Oskaloosa, KS 66066
Johnson County District Court
P.O. Box 700
Olathe, KS 66061
Kearny County District Court Clerk
305 N Main St
Lakin, KS 67860
Kingman County District Court Clerk
130 N Spruce
Kingman, KS 67068
Kiowa County District Court
211 E Florida
Greensburg, KS 67054
Labette County District Court
521 Merchant St
Oswego, KS 67356
Lane County District Court
144 So. Lane
Dighton, KS 67839
Leavenworth County District Court
300 Walnut St
Leavenworth, KS 66048
Lincoln County District Court
216 E Lincoln
Lincoln, KS 67455
Linn County District Court Clerk
318 Chestnut St
Mound City, KS 66056
Logan County District Court
710 W 2nd St
Oakley, KS 67748
Lyon County District Court
402 Commercial Ave
Emporia, KS 66801
Marion County District Court
200 S 3rd St
Marion, KS 66861
Marshall County District Court Clerk
1201 Broadway
Marysville, KS 66508
McPherson County District Court
P.O. Box 1106
Mcpherson, KS 67460
Meade County District Court
200 N Fowler St
Meade, KS 67864
Miami County District Court
120 S. Pearl St
Paola, KS 66071
Mitchell County District Clerk
P.O. Box 6
Beloit, KS 67420
Montgomery County District Clerk
300 E Main St Fl 2
Independence, KS 67301
Morris County District Court
501 W Main St
Counsil Grove, KS 66846
Morton County District Court
P.O. Box 756
Elkhart, KS 67950
Nemaha County District Court Clerk
P.O. Box 211
Seneca, KS 66538
Neosho County District Court
100 Main St
Erie, KS 66733
Ness County District Court
202 West Sycamore
Ness City, KS 67560
Norton County District Court
P.O. Box 70
Norton, KS 67654
Osage County District Court
717 Topeka St
Lyndon, KS 66451
Osborne County District Court
423 W Main St
Osborne, KS 67473
Ottawa County District Court Clerk
307 N Concord St
Minneapolis, KS 67467
Pawnee County District Court Clerk
715 Broadway St
Larned, KS 67550
Phillips County District Court
301 State St
Phillipsburg, KS 67661
Pottawatomie County District Court
106 Main St
Westmoreland, KS 66549
Pratt County District Court Clerk
P.O. Box 873
Pratt, KS 67124
Reno County District Court Clerk
206 West 1st St
Hutchinson, KS 67501
Republic County District Court
1815 M St
Belleville, KS 66935
Rice County District Court
101 W Commercial
Lyons, KS 67554
Riley County District Court
110 Court House Plaza
Manhattan, KS 66502
Rooks County District Court
P.O. Box 272
Stockton, KS 67669
Rush County District Court
715 Elm St
La Crosse, KS 67548
Russell County District Court Clerk
401 N Main St
Russell, KS 67665
Saline County District Court Clerk
300 West Ash St
Salina, KS 67401
Scott County District Court Clerk
303 Court St
Scott City, KS 67871
Sedqwick County District Court Clerk
525 N Main
Wichita, KS 67203
Seward County District Court Clerk
415 N Washington
Liberal, KS 67901
Shawnee County District Court Clerk
200 East 7th St
Topeka, KS 66603
Sheridan County District Court
925 9th St
Hoxie, KS 67740
Sherman County District Court
813 Broadway
Goodland, KS 67735
Stafford County District Court
209 North Broadway
St John, KS 67576
Stevens County District Court
200 E 6th St
Hugoton, KS 67951
Sumner County District Court
P.O. Box 469
Wellington, KS 67152
Thomas County District Court
300 North Court
Colby, KS 67701
Trego County District Court
216 Main
Wakeeney, KS 67672
Wabaunsee County District Court Clerk
217 Kansas St
Alma, KS 66401
Wichita County District Court
206 S 4th St
Leoti, KS 67861
Woodson Center Court District Court
105 W Rutledge
Yates Center, KS 66783
Wyandotte County District Court
710 North 7th
Kansas City, KS 66101