Apply for a Marriage License
To obtain a Kansas Marriage License for individuals who are 18 years of age or older, either the bride or the groom must appear in the District Court Clerk's office (100 Courthouse Plaza) to apply. On the application, you will need to know the following information for both bride and groom:
- Full name (first, middle, and last)
- Date of birth
- Either a social security or driver's license number
Applying for a marriage licence begins a three day waiting period. At the end of the three days or anytime thereafter, up to one year, you may return to pick up your license. At the time you pick up your license, there is a $85.50 fee to be paid in cash. The license is issued and you may have your ceremony performed anywhere within the State of Kansas, for a period of six months.
Request a Copy of Your Marriage License
The Court holds your marriage license for thirty (30) days after it is returned. Anytime within that thirty days you may obtain a certified copy from the Court. The cost is $1.25 per copy. If you wish to request copies by mail, you must request within the thirty (30) day period. You must inform the Court of the bride's maiden name and the groom's name, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope along with enough money to cover the number of copies requested. Mail requests to Riley County District Court, 100 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan, KS 66502.
After the thirty-day time period has passed, the original is sent to the KDHE Office of Vital Statistics, 100 S. W. Jackson, Suite 120, Topeka, Kansas 66612-2221, where it is kept on permanent file. Copies from the Office of Vital Statistics are $15.00 for each copy.
The phone number for Vital Statistics is (785) 296-1400. Forms to request a copy of a marriage license, can be obtained at the office of the Clerk of the District Court, 100 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.