How do I obtain a marriage license?

Riley County District Court cannot issue marriage licenses at this time.

People who live in Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, or Wyandotte County will get their marriage licenses through the District Court in their county:

People who live in other counties will now be able to choose from 14 court locations to get a marriage license:

Courts will receive applications by encrypted email or mail

Marriage license paperwork requires the applicant to provide a photo identification that includes personally identifiable information, such as date of birth, Social Security number, or driver’s license number. To protect this information, courts will begin an encrypted email exchange with the applicant through which the applicant will return completed paperwork. 

If an applicant does not have email, courts will also send and receive paperwork by U.S. mail. 

Fulfilling the oath requirement

Marriage license applicants previously were required to appear in person in the clerk of court’s office to swear an oath that includes affirming:

  • they are of lawful age to marry or have necessary consent to marry;
  • are not related in degrees prohibited by law; and
  • no legal reason exists why they should not marry.

Under the new process, applicants will make this affirmation on paper.

Prior marriage license applications will not be processed

If a person submitted a marriage license application before courts closed to in-person contact on March 18, 2020, and the marriage license was not issued, the person will need to submit a new application to a court issuing marriage licenses using this new process. This applies even if the earlier application was submitted to a court that will now issue marriage licenses, and it is to ensure all requirements are met.

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