Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where Are
Marriage Licenses Issued?
A: The bride and groom may go to any county in Kentucky to get a marriage license as long as both are 18 years of age or older. Marriage licenses may be used in any Kentucky county and cannot be used anywhere but in Kentucky. Both must be present to obtain a license.
Q: Who Issues Marriage Licenses?
A: The county clerk issues marriage licenses.
Marriage licenses are valid for 30 days, including the date it is issued, and after that time it is invalid. Therefore, if the marriage is not solemnized within the 30-day period, the parties must apply for a new license.
Q: Can I get a marriage license in one county in Kentucky and marry in another county in Kentucky?
Q: Is There a Waiting Period or Blood Test Requirement?
The Application Process:
An application for a marriage license must be made in person by both the man and woman at the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.
In Jefferson County, you may make application in person at any of our seven Branch Locations. Or, you may make an application in person at our Professional License Department, located in Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St., Room 100A.
Identification is required. Acceptable forms of ID in accordance with the statue and KCCA’s recorder’s manual include: Drivers License, current state picture ID or passport.
Both parties must be 18 years old or older.
There is a $35.50 fee for a marriage license.
- We accept cash, checks, Visa, MC and Discover.
Do I need to bring my birth certificate?
-No, unless you're under 18.
Do I need to bring my divorce decree?-No
Do I need to bring my social security card?-No
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 there is a husband or wife living, from whom the person marrying has not been divorced.
- Marriages not solemnized or contracted in the presence of an authorized person or society.
- Same sex marriages.
- Common law marriages.
- Proxy marriages.
Marriage With a Person Under age 18:
Marriages are prohibited and void when at the time of marriage the person is under 18 years of age, if the marriage is without the consent of:
- The father or the mother of the person under age 18; or
- Both the father and the mother, if both are living and the parents are divorced or legally separated, and a court order of joint custody to the parents of the person under eighteen has been issued and is in effect; or
- The legal guardian or custodial parent of the person under 18 must show proof of guardianship.
Persons Getting Married who are Under age 18:
Provide proper identification: Drivers License & Birth Certificate.
Get the Consent to Marriage Form signed and witnessed by the parent or legal guardian.
Marriages of Pregnant Women Under age 18:
Either the male or female, under the age of eighteen, may apply to a district court judge for permission to marry.
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.
Justice of the Peace:
Gary Fields ~ 502.426.5511
George Hunter ~ 502.649.5488
Samuel L Whitlow Jr. ~ 502.574.9919
To Obtain a Certified Copy of a Marriage License by Mail:
Send written notice to:
Jefferson County Clerk's Office
Professional License Department
527 W. Jefferson St., Room 100A
Louisville, KY 40202
- Include in the written notice the following information: brides maiden
name, grooms 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 Jefferson County Clerk's Office, Professional License Department. The fee to obtain a certified copy of the marriage license in person is $5. The Professional License Department accepts the following forms of payment: certified check, cashier's check, money order, personal check, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard.