Kentucky Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in KY

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?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or 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