Q. Where are Marriage Licenses Issued?

A. The parties may go to any county in Kentucky to get a marriage license if 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. If the marriage is not solemnized within the 30-day period, the parties must apply for a new license. 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. Where must I return my marriage license after the ceremony?

A. Barren County Clerk’s Office     

Q. Can I get a marriage license in one county in Kentucky and get married in another county in Kentucky?

A. Yes. 

Q. Is there a waiting period or blood test requirement?

 A. No. 

Q. The application process:

A. An application for a marriage license must be made in person by both parties at the Barren County Clerk’s Office. 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.A. An application for a marriage license must be made in person by both parties at the Barren County Clerk’s Office. 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.

Q. Do I need to bring my birth certificate?

 A. No.

Q. Do I need to bring my divorce decree?

 A. No.

Q. Do I need to bring my social security card?

 A. No. 

Q. Prohibited and Restricted Marriages

A.

  • 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 one of the parties living, from whom the person marrying has not been divorced.
  • Marriages not solemnized or contracted in the presence of an authorized person or society.
  • Common law marriages.
  • Proxy marriages.

 

Q. Persons Getting Married who are Under the age 18:

A. A person 17-years old must present the clerk with an order from District Court first, before applying for a marriage license. No one under 17-years old may marry in Kentucky, under any circumstances.

Q. Solemnization of Marriage:

A.

  1. 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.
  2. At least two persons, in addition to the parties and the person solemnizing the marriage, must be present at every marriage.
  3. There are no residency requirements or licensing requirements applicable to ministers or priests who wish to perform marriages in Kentucky.
  4. 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.
Q. To Obtain a Certified Copy of a Marriage License by Mail:

A. Send written notice to:

Barren County Clerk’s Office
117-1A North Public
Glasgow, KY 42141

Include in the written notice the following information: brides maiden name, grooms name and date of marriage(year) if before June 26, 2015; After June 25, 2015 partner 1 or partner 2 maiden 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 Barren County Clerk’s Office, Real Estate and Recordings Office. The fee to obtain a certified copy of the marriage license in person is $6.00. The Real Estate and Recordings office accepts the following forms of payment: cash, certified check, cashier’s check, money order, personal check, Visa, Discover, AMX or MasterCard.