How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Kentucky?
If you love horseback riding and hiking the trails along the Appalachian Mountains, then Kentucky is the perfect place for your wedding. Its capital city of Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs.
Rules and Regulations
In the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, there are a few rules you must comply with to be married there.
- The legal age for getting married is 18 years or older without parental consent.
- If both parties are 16-17, they can get married with parental consent, but they must apply in the county where the bride resides.
- If you are under 16 years old, you are not permitted to be married unless you are pregnant.
- No blood test or physical is required.
- You do not have to be a resident.
- Cousin marriage is not legal, and even if you got married in another state, Kentucky does not recognize these marriages as legitimate.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- You will need at least two witnesses to be present at your wedding.
How to Apply
Both of you have to appear together, in person at any County Clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license. You will need to bring the following paperwork when applying:
- Current, valid ID such as a driver’s license, government-issued ID, passport, social security card, or original birth certificate).
- A fee of $35.50 (may vary by county) in cash.
- Names of both parties.
- Addresses for both parties.
- Dates of birth and ages (verified by your ID).
- Father’s name.
- Mother’s name.
- Current marital status (divorced, widowed, single).
- The number of any previous marriages.
- Divorce decree if you are divorced.
- Death certificate if you are a widow.
- Occupation for both parties.
- Race of both parties.
- Verification that you are not related to one another.
- Date of your marriage.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period to get married in Kentucky; you can have your license the same day you apply for it. Your marriage license is good for only 30 days so plan on being married quickly, or you will have to re-apply.
Who Can Officiate
The only people who can officiate a wedding in Kentucky are ministers, priests, judges or justices of the peace.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal. You may visit the County Clerk’s office where you obtained your marriage license for a copy of the certificate. You might have to pay a small fee (varies by county) for your copy.