Marriage licenses are issued in the County Clerk’s office. Both bride and groom must appear together. The license is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and the license fee is non-refundable. The license must be used within the State of Kentucky.
You must be 18 years of age to be married in Kentucky without parental consent. Applicants 16 & 17 years old must have parental consent and the license issued in the county of residence of the under aged applicant. If applicants are under age, the application needs to be made in the bride’s county of residence. No one under the age of 16 may be issued a license unless they are pregnant and have a District Court Judge issue a court order directing the Clerk to do so.
No waiting period or blood test is required prior to issuance of a marriage license. In Kentucky, the bride and groom must be present to sign & swear to the information on the application. Information Required:
- Name and Address
- Date of Birth and Current Age
- Place of Birth (if in Kentucky, provide name of county; in another state, provide name of state)
- Father’s Name
- Mother’s First and Maiden Name
- Current Status of Bride and Groom (Single, Divorced, Annulled, Widowed)
- Number of previous marriages of Bride and Groom
- Occupations of Bride and Groom
- Race of Bride and Groom
- Whether Bride and Groom are related (First & Second cousins are NOT permitted to marry in Kentucky)
- Date of Marriage
You may view and print a copy of the marriage application [PDF – 62KB]and complete prior to coming to the clerk’s office. Application must be signed & sworn before the county clerk issuing the license.