How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Kansas?
Kansas is the heartland of the U.S. with fields of wheat and lush farmland. Wichita is home to some fabulous museums with exhibits showcasing prehistoric animals and pop music. All this culture makes Kansas a great place to get hitched.
Rules and Regulations
Don’t get blown away by twisters on your blissful wedding day. But do know the rules and regulations you must comply with before obtaining your marriage license.
- You must be 18 years or older to get married in Kansas.
- If you are 16-17 years old, you can be married with parental or guardian consent.
- If you are 15 years old, you can be married with a court order approving the union.
- You do not need to be a resident of Kansas.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- Cousin marriage is not permitted.
- No blood test is necessary.
How to Apply
Only one of you has to be present to file for the marriage license. You must visit the District County Clerk’s Office in person to apply.
- You must fill out a worksheet, signed by both parties and return it to the office before obtaining your marriage license.
- Either person may pick up the permit.
- You must pay an $85.50 license fee in cash.
- You must have a valid ID with you (driver’s license, social security card, state photo ID).
You must also bring with you the following paperwork:
- Full Names (first, middle, last)
- Dates of Birth
- Driver’s License or State ID
- Both Parent’s Full Names (first, middle, last)
- Birthplaces of all parents (state and country)
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a 3-day waiting period which you will have to observe before getting married.
The marriage license is good for only six months so be prepared to get married during that period, or you will have to re-apply.
Who Can Officiate
Only ordained ministers may perform marriage ceremonies in the state of Kansas. They are required to sign and return your marriage license to the District County Clerk’s Office after the wedding.
After the Wedding
You may order a copy of your marriage certificate after it has been filed and recorded. You may do so by visiting the District County Clerk’s Office or via Internet, Mail, Phone, and Email. If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.