If you're getting married in the commonwealth of Kentucky 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 $34.50 dollars. Accepted forms of payment are cash, certified check, cashier's check, 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 Kentucky 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 30 days 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. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order. A minor who is pregnant does not need parental consent as long as the pregnancy is verified in a written statement by a licensed physician. Minors can not marry if parents or guardians are not residents of the state.

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 Kentucky 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?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Kentucky. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky. 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 Kentucky.

Where to Go

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

Kentucky has 119 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.

Adair County Clerk
424 Public Sq., # 424
Columbia, KY 42728
502-384-2801
Allen County Clerk
P.O. Box 336
Scottsville, KY 42164
502-237-3706
Anderson County Clerk
151 South Main St
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
502-839-3041
Ballard County Clerk
P.O. Box 145
Wickliffe, KY 42087
502-335-5168
Barren County Clerk 1St Floor Courthouse
Public Sq
Glasgow, KY 42141
502-651-3783
Bath County Clerk
P.O. Box 609
Owingsville, KY 40360
606-674-2613
Bell County Clerk
P.O. Box 156
Pineville, KY 40977
606-337-6143
Boone County Clerk
2950 E Washington Square
Burlington, KY 41005
606-334-2206
Bourbon County Clerk
P.O. Box 312
Paris, KY 40361
606-987-2142
Boyd County Clerk
2800 Louisa St
Catlettsburg, KY 41129
606-739-5116
Boyle County Clerk
321 W Main St, # 123
Danville, KY 40422
606-238-1110
Bracken County Clerk
P.O. Box 147
Brooksville, KY 41004
606-735-2952
Breathitt County Clerk
1127 Main St
Jackson, KY 41339
606-666-3810
Breckinridge County Clerk
Main St & Court House Sq
Hardinsburg, KY 40143
502-756-2246
Bullitt County Clerk
P.O. Box 6
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
502-543-2513
Butler County Clerk
P.O. Box 448
Morgantown, KY 42261
502-526-5676
Caldwell County Clerk
100 E Market St, # 3
Princeton, KY 42445
502-365-6754
Callloway County Clerk
101 S. 5th St
Murry, KY 42071
502-753-3923
Campbell County Clerk
330 York St
Newport, KY 41071
606-292-3845
Carlisle County Clerk
P.O. Box 176
Bardwell, KY 42023
502-628-3233
Carroll County Clerk
440 Main St
Carrollton, KY 41008
502-732-7005
Carter County Clerk
Courthouse # 232
Grayson, KY 41143
606-474-5188
Casey County Courthouse
614 Campbellsville St
Liberty, KY 42539
606-787-6471
Christian County Clerk
511 S. Main
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
502-887-4105
Clark County Clerk
P.O. Box 744
Winchester, KY 40391
606-745-0280
Clay County Clerk
316 Main St Suite 143
Manchester, KY 40962
606-598-2544
Clinton County Clerk
Court Square
Albany, KY 42602
606-387-5943
Crittenden County Clerk
107 S Main St
Marion, KY 42064
502-965-3403
Cumberland County Recorder
County Courthouse Room 6
Burkesville, KY 42717
502-864-3726
Daviess County Clerk
P.O. Box 389
Owensboro, KY 42302
502-685-8434
Edmondson County Recorder
108 N Main St
Brownsville, KY 42210
502-597-2624
Elliot County Clerk
P.O. Box 225
Sandy Hook, KY 41171
606-738-5421
Estill County Clerk
130 Main St
Irvine, KY 40336
606-723-5156
Fayette County Clerks
162 East Main St
Lexington, KY 40507
859-253-3344
Fleming County Clerks
Courthouse Square
Flemingsburg, KY 41041
606-845-8461
Floyd County Clerk
3rd Ave Courthouse
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
606-886-3816
Franklin County Clerk
315 West Main St
Frankfurt, KY 40602
502-875-8702
Fulton County Clerk
114 E Wellington St
Hickman, KY 42050
502-236-2727
Gallatin County Clerk
P.O. Box 616
Warsaw, KY 41095
606-567-5411
Garrard County Court
15 Public Square
Lancaster, KY 40444
606-792-3071
Grant County Clerk
P.O. Box 469
Williamstown, KY 41097
606-824-3321
Graves County Clerk
100 E Broadway St
Kentucky, KY 42066
502-247-1697
Grayson County Clerk
100 Court Square
Leitchfield, KY 42754
502-259-3201
Green County Clerk
203 West Ocurt St
Greensburg, KY 42743
502-932-5386
Greenup County Clerk
P.O. Box 686
Greenup, KY 41144
606-473-7331
Hancock County Clerk
225 Main Cross St
Hawesville, KY 42348
502-927-8137
Hardin County Clerk
14 Public Square
Elizabethtown, KY 42702
502-765-2171
Harlan County Clerk
210 E Central St, # 205
Harlan, KY 40831
606-573-3636
Harrison County Clerk
190 West Pike St
Cynthiana, KY 41031
606-234-7130
Hart County Clerk
Main St
Munfordville, KY 42765
502-524-2751
Henderson County Clerk
20 N Main St
Henderson, KY 42420
502-826-3906
Henry County Clerk
P.O. Box 615
Newcastle, KY 40050
502-845-5705
Hickman County Clerk
110 E Clay St
Clinton, KY 42031
502-653-2131
Hopkins County Clerk
10 S Main St
Madisonville, KY 42431
502-821-7361
Jackson County Clerk
P.O. Box 700
McKee, KY 40447
606-287-7800
Jefferson County Clerk
527 West Jefferson St
Louisville, KY 40202
502-574-5700
Jessamine County Clerk
102 North Main
Nicholasville, KY 40356
606-885-4161
Johnson County Clerk
Court St
Paintsville, KY 41240
606-789-2557
Kenton County Clerk
P.O. Box 1109
Covington, KY 41012
606-491-0702
Kenton-I County Clerk
P.O. Box 38
Independence, KY 41051
606-356-9272
Knott County Clerks
P.O. Box 446
Hindman, KY 41822
606-785-5651
Knox County Clerk
401 Court Sq., # 102
Barbourville, KY 40906
606-546-3568
Larue County Clerk
209 W High St
Hodgenville, KY 42748
502-358-3544
Laurel County Clerk
101 S Main St, # 203
London, KY 40741
606-864-5158
Lawrence County Clerk
122 S Main Cross St
Louisa, KY 41230
606-638-4108
Lee County Clerk
West Main St Room 11
Beattyville, KY 41311
606-464-4115
Leslie County Clerk
P.O. Box 196
Hyden, KY 41749
606-672-2193
Letcher County Clerk
160 Main St
Whitesburg, KY 41858
606-633-2432
Lewis County Clerk
514 2nd St, 2nd Fl
Vanceburg, KY 41179
606-796-3062
Lincoln County Clerk
102 East Main St
Stanford, KY 40484
606-365-4570
Livingston County Clerk
335 Court St
Smithland, KY 42081
502-928-2162
Logan County Clerk
P.O. Box 358
Russellville, KY 42276
502-726-6061
Lyon County Clerk
200 W Dale Ave
Eddyville, KY 42038
502-388-2331
Madison County Clerk
101 W Main St
Richmond, KY 40475
606-624-4707
Magoffin County Clerk
Main St
Salyersville, KY 41465
606-349-2216
Manifee County Clerk
P.O. Box 172
Frenchburg, KY 40322
606-768-3512
Marion County Clerk
120 W Main St
Lebanon, KY 40033
502-692-2651
Marshall County Clerk
1101 Main St
Benton, KY 42025
502-527-4740
Martin County Clerk
Main St
Inez, KY 41224
606-298-2810
Mason County Clerk
25 W 3rd St
Mayville, KY 41056
606-564-3341
Mc Lean County Clerk
210 Main St
Calhoun, KY 42327
502-273-3082
McCracken County Clerk
301 S 6th St, # 2
Paducah, KY 42002
502-444-4700
McCreary County Clerk
P.O. Box 699
Whitley City, KY 42653
606-376-2411
Meade County Court Clerk
516 Fairway Dr # 1
Brandenburg, KY 40108
502-422-2152
Mercer County Recorder
Main St
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
606-734-6310
Metcalfe County Clerk
P.O. Box 850
Edmonton, KY 42129
502-432-4821
Monroe County Clerk
Main St
Tompkinsville, KY 42167
502-487-5471
Montgomery County Clerk
Court St
Mount Sterling, KY 40353
606-498-8700
Morgan County Court Clerk
505 Prestonsburg St
West Liberty, KY 41472
606-743-3949
Nelson County Clerk
113 Steven Oster Ave
Bardstown, KY 40004
502-348-1830
Nicholas County Clerk
Main St First Floor
Carlisle, KY 40311
606-289-3730
Ohio County Recorder
P.O. Box 85
Hartford, KY 42347
502-298-3673
Oldham County Clerk
Main St
La Grange, KY 40031
502-222-9311
Owen County Clerk
Main St, Rm #6
Owenton, KY 40359
502-484-2213
Owsley County Clerk
P.O. Box 500
Booneville, KY 41314
606-593-5735
Pendleton County Clerk
P.O. Box 112
Falmouth, KY 41040
606-654-3380
Perry County Clerk
Main St, 1st Floor
Hazard, KY 41701
606-436-2812
Pike County Clerk
320 Main St
Pikeville, KY 41501
606-432-6247
Powell County Clerk
P.O. Box 548
Stanton, KY 40380
606-663-6444
Pulaski County Clerk
Courthouse, Main St
Somerset, KY 42501
606-679-2042
Robertson County Clerk
P.O. Box 75
Mount Olivet, KY 41064
606-724-5212
Rockcastle County Clerk
P.O. Box 365
Mount Vernon, KY 40453
606-256-2831
Rowan County Clerk
2nd Floor Courthouse
Morehead, KY 40351
606-784-5212
Russell County Clerk
101 Monument Sq
Jamestown, KY 42629
502-343-2125
Scott County Courthouse
101 E Main St, # 101
Georgetown, KY 40324
502-863-7875
Shelby County Clerk
501 Main St
Shelbyville, KY 40065
502-633-4410
Simpson County Clerk
Main St, First Floor
Franklin, KY 42135
502-586-8161
Spencer County Clerk
2 E Main St
Taylorsville, KY 40071
502-477-3215
Taylor County Clerk
203 N Court St, # 5
Campbellsville, KY 42718
502-465-7011
Todd County Court Clerk
P.O. Box 157
Elkton, KY 42220
502-265-2363
Trigg County Clerk
Courthouse, First Fl
Cadiz, KY 42211
502-522-6661
Trimble County Clerk
U.S. Highway 42, Main St
Bedford, KY 40006
502-255-7174
Union County Clerk
100 W Main St
Morganfield, KY 42437
502-389-1334
Warren County Clerk
429 E 10th St
Bowling Green, KY 42101
502-842-9416
Washington County Clerk
115 Cross Main St Fl 1
Springfield, KY 40069
606-336-5425
Wayne County Clerk
109 N Main St
Monticello, KY 42633
606-348-5721
Webster County Clerk
P.O. Box 7
Dixon, KY 42409
502-639-7006
Whitley County Clerk
Courthouse, Main St
Williamsburg, KY 40769
606-549-6035
Woodford County Clerk
Main St Courthouse
Versailles, KY 40383
606-873-3421