Obtaining a Marriage License
An Application for a Marriage License must be completed by either the groom or the bride at the office of the Clerk of the District Court. Information needed at that time includes date of birth and social security number for each party. There is a three (3) day waiting period after application is made before you may pick up the Marriage License. For example:
If you complete your application on a Monday, your license may be picked up the following Thursday or any workday thereafter;
If you complete your application on a Tuesday,your license may be picked up the following Friday or any workday thereafter;
If you complete your application on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, your 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 the groom and the bride, but either may turn it in to the office of the Clerk of the District Court and pick up the license.
The fee for the Marriage License is $85.50. Cash only – no checks or credit cards! The fee must be paid when the Marriage License is picked up.
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 29 through 37). Your witnesses must be age 18 or older.
The original Marriage License must be returned to the office of the Clerk of the District Court within ten (10) days of the ceremony. We provide you with a duplicate copy of your Marriage License, and it is yours to keep as a memento of the ceremony. It does NOT serve as a certified copy. To obtain a certified copy of your marriage license you may apply to the Department of Vital Statistics in Topeka or obtain one from the Clerk of the District Court’s office where the marriage license was purchased. A certified copy from this Clerk’s office costs $2.50.
If you plan to request that your wedding be performed by a judge, please contact the District Court Clerk’s Office to schedule an appointment.