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The 4th Judicial District
Marriage License Information

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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
INSTRUCTION FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE

An application for a marriage license must be completed by either person at the district court office. There is a THREE (3) day waiting period, after application is made, before you may pick up the license.  For Example:

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 PARTIES.

Either person may pick up the license. PLEASE PICK UP BETWEEN 8:30 A.M. AND 3:30 P.M.

THE FEE FOR THE LICENSE IS EIGHTY ($85.50)   CASH ONLY. NO CHECKS!!!!
THE LICENSE WILL EXPIRE SIX (6) MONTHS FROM DATE OF ISSUANCE. 

After the marriage ceremony, the ORIGINAL LICENSE is returned to the Court for recording, then forwarded to the Department of Vital Statistics in Topeka, Kansas, where it is kept on permanent file. The DUPLICATE is for the bride and groom. To obtain a certified copy of your marriage license you may apply to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas, (applications may be obtained in the Clerk of the District Court office.) If requested from the District Court before the original license is mailed to Topeka, the DUPLICATE can be CERTIFIED in Clerk's office for $1.00.

If you wish to be married by a Judge, you may make an appointment with:
  • Judge Phillip Fromme: (316) 364-8628 - Burlington
  • Judge Kevin Kimball: (785) 242-6000 - Ottawa
  • Judge Thomas H. Sachse: (785) 242-6052 - Ottawa
  • Judge Eric Godderz: (785) 448-6886 - Garnett
  • NOTE: LICENSE WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER

    NOTE: MINORS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PARENT OR GUARDIAN.   A LICENSE WILL NOT BE ISSUED TO ANY PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF 16 YEARS EXCEPT THAT A JUDGE MAY GIVE CONSENT AND ISSUE THE LICENSE AUTHORIZING THE MARRIAGE OF A PERSON 15 YEARS OF AGE WHEN THE MARRIAGE IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE INDIVIDUAL.  THE JUDGE MAY GIVE CONSENT IF BOTH PARENTS ARE DECEASED AND THERE IS NO LEGAL GUARDIAN.

    For individuals who are 16 or 17 years old, a marriage license shall not be issued without the express consent of the individual’s father, mother, or legal guardian and the consent of the judge.  If consent of both the mother and father and any legal guardian or all then living parents is given, the consent of the judge shall not be required.
     
         If you have any questions, please contact the District Court office in your county or residence. OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for the lunch hour.


    The form for Application and Affidavit to Obtain Marriage License may be printed for your review but you must apply in person at the district court office.

     


    URL:www.kscourts.org/dstcts/4marry.htm
    Updated: July 1, 2011