Getting Married in Kansas….
Residency and ID Requirements
You do not have to be a resident of Kansas to get married in the state. You will need to apply at a district court clerk’s office. Each county may have different requirements, so be sure to check with the office.
In some counties, both of you do not have to be present when applying for the license. If only one of you is present, you will need to have all the documentation and know the information that would be required from your future spouse.
A driver’s license or state-issued identification card is required. You will also need to know your social security number and the full birth names of your parents, as well as where they were born.
If either of you was previously married, you will need to know the date of the final divorce decree or death of a spouse. You may need to wait 30 days past the date of your final decree before you’re allowed to get remarried.
Kansas does not require premarital education.
Fees for getting a marriage license in Kansas vary from county to county. Some counties charge $59 while others charge around $85. Cash and exact change are required in some counties and it is typically due when you pick up the license.
Kansas has a three-day waiting period. After you apply for the license, one of you must return to the courthouse three days later to pick it up. Applications placed on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday are generally available on the following Monday.
Blood tests or any other tests are not necessary to get married in Kansas.
Kansas does allow common-law marriages as long as the couple is over the age of 18.
The minimum age to get married is 15 in Kansas, but you will need a court order. Only a district court judge who thinks that getting married at such a young age would be in that individual’s best interest can authorize it.
Teens who are 16 or 17 years old need to obtain one of the following in order to get married in Kansas:
- Get parental or legal guardian permission and judicial consent.
- Receive permission from both parents or a legal guardian.
- If the minor’s parents are deceased, or if there is no legal guardian, permission must be received from a judge.
Judges of a court record or any ordained ministers may perform wedding ceremonies in Kansas. Most counties have a list of judges available for civil ceremonies.
According to Kansas law, “the two parties themselves, by mutual declarations, that they take each other as husband and wife, in accordance with the customs, rules, and regulations of any religious society, denomination or sect to which either of the parties belong, may be married without an authorized officiating person.”
You will need two witnesses over the age of 18, no matter who officiates your ceremony.
Copy of Certificate of Marriage
ou will not automatically receive a certified copy of your marriage certificate. Instead, you must order one from the county where you filed for the license. A small fee will apply for each copy.
As an alternative, you can order a copy from the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics. The cost is generally higher than the fees charged by the county and you will need to verify your identity when requesting the certificate.
Keep in mind that state laws and county marriage requirements can change. This information is intended as guidance to help you get started in the process and should not be regarded as legal advice. It’s advised that you check with the county to verify all the information and consult an attorney with any legal questions.