Application and Obtaining Copies

Application for a Marriage License must be completed by either applicant at the office of the Clerk of the District Court.  There is a three (3) day waiting period after application is made before you may pick up the Marriage License.  For example:

  • Application made on Monday: the license may be picked up the following Thursday or any workday thereafter.
  • Application made on Tuesday: the license may be picked up the following Friday or any workday thereafter.
  • Application made on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday: the license may be picked up the following Monday or any workday thereafter.

A worksheet is issued when the application is made.  All information must be completed and returned when picking up the license.  The worksheet must be signed by both applicants, but either may turn it in and pick up the license.

The fee for the Marriage License is eighty-five dollars and fifty cents ($85.50).  Cash only – no checks or credit cards!!  That fee must be paid when the Marriage License is picked up.  Marriage Licenses must be picked up by 3:30 p.m.  Once the license is issued, it is considered public record and will be published in the local newspaper.

The Marriage License will expire six (6) months from date of issuance.  Whoever performs the ceremony will fill in the remaining blanks on the license (items 30 through 40).  Your witnesses must be age 18 or older.

Upon the return of the original marriage license to the Clerk of the Court’s office a certified copy will be mailed tot the couple for use in changing names on certain documents.  Any requests for additional copies may be made by mail or in person and must include a copy of an ID of one of the parties on the marriage license.  You may also purchase additional certified copies by making application to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Office of Vital Statistics, 900 S.W. Jackson, Topeka, KS 66612-1290 or visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Office of Vital Statistics website .  Additionally, their phone number is (785) 296-1400.