Below are the requirements that must be met in order to receive a marriage license in Kentucky.
402.210 Requirements for issuance of license.
- Both parties to a marriage shall:
- Be present for a marriage license to be issued; and
- Present to the county clerk documentary proof of age in the form of:
- A copy of a birth record;
- A certification of birth issued by the state department of health, a local registrar of vital statistics, or other public office charged with similar duties by the laws of another state, territory, or country;
- A baptismal record showing the individual’s date of birth;
- A passport;
- An automobile driver’s license;
- Any government or school issued identification card showing the individual’s date of birth;
- An immigration record showing the individual’s date of birth;
- A naturalization record showing the individual’s date of birth; or
- A court record or any other document or record issued by a government entity showing the individual’s date of birth.
- If either of the parties is under seventeen (17) years of age, no license shall be issued.
- If either of the parties is seventeen (17) years of age, a marriage license shall not be issued unless:
- The party who is seventeen (17) years of age presents to the clerk a certified copy of a court order by a family court or District Court judge that grants the party permission to marry and removes the party’s disability of minority, as provided in KRS 402.205; and
- At least fifteen (15) days have elapsed since the court order was granted.
What do we do after we are married?
- The officiate will return the signed marriage application to the Grant County Clerk’s Office. It will be filed with the County Clerk and a Marriage License will be issued to the couple.
- When changing your maiden name, you will take your marriage license to the Social Security Administration. Information about the Social Security Office located in Florence, KY.
- Upon receiving clearance from the Social Security Administration, then you may change your name on your driver’s license. Information about the Grant County Circuit Clerk’s office.
- The “recognition” of a minister can take the form of ordination or license, or any other form which expresses clearly the fact that a religious group recognizes the person or looks to the person as a minister of that specific group. Currently, there is not a registration process for a minister to preform ceremonies in Kentucky.
Need a copy of a marriage license?
For a marriage license copy request, the following fees are required:
- Photocopy: $0.50 per page
- Certified copy: $5.00 per certified copy
- Both Parties must be present
- License is valid in Kentucky only
- License is valid for 30 days including the date it is issued
- Fee: $50.00 cash, check, credit card 2.75% processing fee