So you’ve found your soul mate, pledged your love for one another, and are ready to tie the knot.
Ah, Kentucky, the land of romance.
It’s time to apply for your marriage license and, fortunately for you and your spouse-to-be, the process is very simple.
You’ll need to visit your County Clerk’s office armed with documents which prove that you’re eligible to wed. These include a state-issued photo identification card — such as a driver’s license or passport — and your Social Security card and birth certificate. Kentucky always requires the photo ID card when issuing marriage licenses, and the other two forms of identification are good to have should any questions arise.
If you’ve been married before, you must provide documentation that the previous marriage ended in divorce, death or some other legal means. If you are under the age of 18, you’ll need written consent from your parents or legal guardian, however, pregnant minors may apply to a district court judge for permission to marry without parental consent.
Kentucky does not require residency for marriage license applicants, a waiting period between the issuance of the license and the wedding, or any medical tests. Also, the state does not allow covenant, proxy, common law, cousin or same-sex marriages.
Available only in a few states, covenant marriages are unique statutory marriages that are more difficult to dissolve than “regular” marriages. Proxy marriages involve a substitute “standing in” for the bride and/or groom during the ceremony (often performed for people serving in the military). Common law marriages are a form of interpersonal status recognized by some states as marriage even though no legally recognized marriage ceremony is performed. These are most often when two people have been legally living together for a number of years, though not married.
Kentucky does require that the marriage takes place within 30 days of the issuance of the license. The state will assess a marriage license fee ranging from $34 to $36.
So, is it difficult to get a marriage license in Kentucky? Not at all. All you need is the proper paperwork and a few dollars.
And someone willing to marry you.
For more information, see the links below. And happy nuptials!
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