Marriage License Requirements
- Both must be 18 years old or older (if either party is under 18, please see requirements below)
- There is no waiting period, blood test or physical requirement.
- The marriage license is valid for 30 days, including the date issued.
- The marriage license is valid anywhere in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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 perform ceremonies in Kentucky.
Cash, certified check, cashier’s check, money order, personal check, Visa, Discover, AMX or MasterCard.
Requirements to marry a person under the age of 18:
- Must be 16 years of age. Neither party can be under 16 may be issued a marriage license without an order from the District Court. The bride must be pregnant before the court will issue an order.
- A female minor must make an application in the county of her parent’s residence but can get married in another county after she has completed the requirements for the license.
- A Consent to Marriage Form (84-FCC-501) is required. This must be completed, witnessed, signed by the parents or legal guardian* of the minor, and sworn by the deputy clerk. (A guardian must bring the document affirming guardianship).
- One parent or legal guardian* and two witnesses 18 years old or older, must sign the Consent to Marriage Form for each minor.
- If the parents of either minor are divorced, custody papers are required to sign the Consent to Marriage Form.
- Birth Certificate and Driver’s License/State ID
- NOTE: Legal guardian must have full guardianship. Kentucky does not marry minors whose parents reside outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Prohibited and Restricted Marriages:
- Marriages between persons who are nearer of kin to each other by blood, than second cousins.
- Marriages between first cousins.
- Marriages with a person mentally incompetent.
- Marriages where one of the parties living, from whom the person marrying has not been divorced.
- Marriages not solemnized or contracted in the presence of an authorized person or society.
- Common law marriages.
- Proxy marriages.
Solemnization of Marriage:
- Marriages shall be solemnized only by clergy, justices and judges of the Court of Justice; retired justices and judges of the Court of Justice, except those removed for cause or convicted of a felony; county judge/executives; such justices of the peace and fiscal court commissioners as the Governor or the county judge/executive authorizes, and certain religious societies.
- At least two persons, in addition to the parties and the person solemnizing the marriage, must be present at every marriage.
- There are no residency requirements or licensing requirements applicable to ministers or priests who wish to perform marriages in Kentucky.
- A minister or priest, all justices and judges of the Court of Justice, justices of the peace and fiscal court commissioners may perform marriages anywhere in Kentucky.
Marriage License FAQ’s
Where are marriage licenses issued?
Who issues marriage licenses?
How can we obtain our marriage license?
- Both parties must apply for the license together.
- Identification is required. Both must present an acceptable form of ID, Acceptable forms of ID in accordance with the statue and KCCA’s recorder’s manual include: Drivers’ license, government issued picture ID, original birth certificate, passport, or social security card.
- Both parties must be 18 years old or older.
- Correct spelling of father’s full name and mother’s full maiden name (first, middle and last)
- There is a $50.00 fee for a marriage license.
We accept cash, checks, Visa, MC and Discover.
Where can I return my marriage license after the ceremony?
Is there a waiting period or blood test requirement?
Do I need to bring my birth certificate?
Do I need to bring my divorce decree?
Do I need to bring my social security card?
Can I get a marriage license in one county in Kentucky and marry in another county in Kentucky?
What do we do after we are married?
- The officiate will return the signed marriage application to the Rowan 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 Rowan County Circuit Clerk’s office.
Need a copy of a marriage license?
Send written notice to:
Rowan County Clerk’s Office
600 W Main St #102
Morehead, KY 40351
- Include in the written notice the following information: brides maiden name, grooms name and date of marriage(year) if before June 26, 2020; After June 25, 2020 partner 1 or partner 2 maiden name and date of marriage (year).
- A certified copy is $6.00 by mail.
A certified copy of a marriage license can also be obtained in person at the Rowan County Clerk’s Office. The fee to obtain a certified copy of the marriage license in person is $5.