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The applicants do not have to be residents of Kentucky.

Picture identification such as drivers license, social security card, or birth certificate may be necessary.

Most counties in Kentucky will require documentation to prove a previous marriage has been dissolved either through death or divorce.

There is no covenant marriage option in Kentucky. There is no waiting period in Kentucky. The fees to get married in Kentucky are $34.50 – $36 approximately. There are no other tests.

If the applicants are 16 or 17 years old, the applicant must have the consent of the parents or legal guardian. It has to be witnessed by two witnesses who are at least 18 years old, signed by the parent or legal guardian, and sworn by the deputy clerk. If the applicant is a pregnant minor the applicant may apply to a district court judge for permission to marry without parental consent. If the applicants are under 16, the applicant must get approval to marry from the District Court. Minors cannot get married in Kentucky if parents or guardians are not residents of Kentucky.

Any ordained or licensed clergymen who have been licensed in Kentucky to perform weddings, and justices of the peace can be the officiants.

A Kentucky marriage license is valid for thirty (30) days.

The State of Kentucky has posted information on its official website,, about “Getting Married in Kentucky.”

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