Marriage licenses are issued in the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must appear together. The license is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and the license fee is non-refundable. The license must be used within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  You can expedite your trip to the clerk’s office by filing out the


Filing Fees: The fee is $35.50

Age Requirements:

18 or older. Both parties must be present and need one of the following:

  •  A state Driver’s license or state picture I.D  OR 
  • Certified U.S. birth certificate (a passport, visa, or green card with picture-translated into English)

Under 18, per KRS 402.210, a license shall not be issued unless the parties get a court order from Family Court or District Court.

Information Required:

  • Name & address
  • Date of birth & age
  • Place of Birth (If in KY give county, in another state give state)
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s first & maiden name
  • Current status of each party (Single, Divorced, Annulled, Widowed)
  • Number of previous marriages of each party
  • Occupations of each party
  • Race of each party
  • Whether parties are related
  • Date of marriage

Solemnization of Marriage: There are no residency requirements or licensing requirements applicable to ministers or priests who wish to perform marriages in Kentucky.

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.

To Obtain a Certified Copy of a Marriage License by Mail:

The fee for a certified copy is $5.

Send written notice to:

Kenton County Clerk’s Office
303 Court Street, Room 102
Covington, KY 41011

Include the following information:

First Party/Bride’s maiden name
Second Party/Groom’s name
Date of marriage (year).