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Kansas Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Kansas. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Kansas. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Kansas.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Sometimes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 3 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 6 Months
  • Marriage License Return Within: 10 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Kansas

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Kansas

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Kansas

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Kansas to get an Ordination Package and add a Letter of Good Standing to her or his order. While Minister registration is not technically required in Kansas it has been reported to us that ministers ordained online with the Universal Life Church are often required to present proof of ordination to the county clerk before the marriages performed will be accepted as having been legally solemnized. As an added bonus, having this proof of your ordination will also provide peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

Marriage may be validly performed and joined in this state, after a license has been issued for the marriage. You will need to have mutual declarations of the couple to be joined in marriage, made before you, the ordained minister, and in the presence of at least 2 competent witnesses.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Kansas

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Kansas marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 6 months, and there is a mandatory 3-day waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Kansas and when the ceremony may be legally performed. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 10 days of the completion of the wedding ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Kansas, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Kansas wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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Kansas Marriage Code

Marriage in Kansas is governed by Chapter 23 of the Kansas Codified Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
23-2504."Solemnizing marriage; persons authorized to officiate. (a) Marriage may be validly solemnized and contracted in this state, after a license has been issued for the marriage, in the following manner: By the mutual declarations of the two parties to be joined in marriage, made before an authorized officiating person and in the presence of at least two competent witnesses over 18 years of age, other than the officiating person, that they take each other as husband and wife.
(b)"The following are authorized to be officiating persons:
(1)"Any currently ordained clergyman or religious authority of any religious denomination or society;
(2)"any licentiate of a denominational body or an appointee of any bishop serving as the regular clergyman of any church of the denomination to which the licentiate or appointee belongs, if not restrained from so doing by the discipline of that church or denomination;
(3)"any judge or justice of a court of record;
(4)"any municipal judge of a city of this state; and
(5)"any retired judge or justice of a court of record.
(c)"The two parties themselves, by mutual declarations that they take each other as husband and wife, in accordance with the customs, rules and regulations of any religious society, denomination or sect to which either of the parties belong, may be married without an authorized officiating person.

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Allen County

1 N. Washington
Iola , Kansas
66749

Phone: (620) 365-1407
Fax: (620) 365-1441
Allen County website »

Anderson County

100 E. 4th
Garnett , Kansas
66032

Phone: (785) 448-6841
Fax: (785) 448-5621
Anderson County website »

Atchison County

423 N. 5th
Atchison , Kansas
66002

Phone: (913) 367-1653
Fax: (913) 367-0227
Atchison County website »

Barber County

120 E. Washington
Medicine Lodge, Kansas
67104

Phone: (620) 886-3961
Fax: (620) 886-5425
Barber County website »

Barton County

1400 Main
Great Bend, Kansas
67530

Phone: (620) 793-1835
Fax: (620) 793-1990
Barton County website »

Bourbon County

210 S. National Ave.
Fort Scott, Kansas
66701

Phone: (620) 223-3800
Fax: (620) 223-5832
Bourbon County website »

Brown County

601 Oregon St.
Hiawatha , Kansas
66434

Phone: (785) 742-2581
Fax: (785) 742-7705
Brown County website »

Butler County

205 W. Central
El Dorado, Kansas
67042

Phone: (316) 322-4239
Fax: (316) 321-1011
Butler County website »

Chase County

P.O. Box 529
Cottonwood Falls, Kansas
66845

Phone: (620) 273-6423
Fax: (620) 273-6617
Chase County website »

Chautauqua County

215 N. Chautauqua
Sedan , Kansas
67361

Phone: (620) 725-5800
Fax: (620) 725-5801
Chautauqua County website »

Cherokee County

100 W. Maple
P.O. Box 14
Columbus , Kansas
66725

Phone: (620) 429-8044
Fax: (620) 429-1042
Cherokee County website »

Cheyenne County

212 E. Washington
P.O. Box 985
St. Francis, Kansas
67756

Phone: (785) 332-8800
Fax: (785) 332-8825
Cheyenne County website »

Clark County

913 Highland
P.O. Box 886
Ashland , Kansas
67831

Phone: (620) 635-2813
Fax: (620) 635-4009
Clark County website »

Clay County

712 5th St.
P.O. Box 98
Clay Center, Kansas
67432

Phone: (785) 632-2552
Fax: (785) 632-5856
Clay County website »

Cloud County

811 Washington
Concordia , Kansas
66901

Phone: (785) 243-8110
Fax: (785) 243-8123
Cloud County website »

Coffey County

110 S. 6th St.
Burlington , Kansas
66839

Phone: (620) 364-2191
Fax: (620) 364-8975
Coffey County website »

Comanche County

201 S. New York
P.O. Box 766
Coldwater , Kansas
67029

Phone: (620) 582-2361
Fax: (620) 582-2426
Comanche County website »

Cowley County

311 E. 9th
Winfield , Kansas
67156

Phone: (620) 221-5495
Fax: (620) 221-5498
Cowley County website »

Crawford County

111 E. Forest
P.O. Box 249
Girard , Kansas
66743

Phone: (620) 724-6115
Fax: (620) 724-6007
Crawford County website »

Decatur County

P.O. Box 28
Oberlin, Kansas
67749

Phone: (785) 475-8102
Fax: (785) 475-8130
Decatur County website »

Dickinson County

109 E. First
P.O. Box 24
Abilene , Kansas
67410

Phone: (785) 263-3774
Fax: (785) 263-2045
Dickinson County website »

Doniphan County

P.O. Box 278
Troy , Kansas
66087

Phone: (785) 985-3513
Fax: (785) 985-3723
Doniphan County website »

Douglas County

1100 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence , Kansas
66044

Phone: (785) 832-5181
Fax: (785) 832-5192
Douglas County website »

Edwards County

312 Massachusetts
Kinsley , Kansas
67547

Phone: (620) 659-3000
Fax: (620) 659-2583
Edwards County website »

Elk County

127 N. Pine
P.O. Box 606
Howard , Kansas
67349

Phone: (620) 374-2490
Fax: (620) 374-2771
Elk County website »

Ellis County

1204 Fort Street
P.O. Box 720
Hays , Kansas
67601

Phone: (785) 628-9410
Fax: (785) 628-9413
Ellis County website »

Ellsworth County

210 N. Kansas
Ellsworth , Kansas
67439

Phone: (785) 472-4161
Fax: (785) 472-3818
Ellsworth County website »

Finney County

311 N. 9th
P.O. Box M
Garden City, Kansas
67846

Phone: (620) 272-3575
Fax: (620) 272-3890
Finney County website »

Ford County

100 Gunsmoke
Dodge City, Kansas
67801

Phone: (620) 227-4550
Fax: (620) 227-4699
Ford County website »

Franklin County

315 S. Main
Ottawa , Kansas
66067

Phone: (785) 229-3410
Fax: (785) 229-3419
Franklin County website »

Geary County

200 E. 8th
P.O. Box 927
Junction City, Kansas
66441

Phone: (785) 238-3912 ext 200
Fax: (785) 238-5419
Geary County website »

Gove County

520 Washington
P.O. Box 128
Gove , Kansas
67736

Phone: (785) 938-2300
Fax: (785) 938-4486
Gove County website »

Graham County

410 N. Pomeroy
Hill City, Kansas
67642

Phone: (785) 421-3453
Fax: (785) 421-6374
Graham County website »

Grant County

108 S. Glenn
Ulysses , Kansas
67880

Phone: (620) 356-1335
Fax: (620) 356-3081
Grant County website »

Gray County

300 S. Main
P.O. Box 487
Cimarron , Kansas
67835

Phone: (620) 855-3618
Fax: (620) 855-3107
Gray County website »

Greeley County

208 Harper
P.O. Box 277
Tribune , Kansas
67879

Phone: (620) 376-4256
Fax: (620) 376-2294
Greeley County website »

Greenwood County

311 N. Main
Eureka , Kansas
67045

Phone: (620) 583-8121
Fax: (620) 583-8124
Greenwood County website »

Hamilton County

PO Box 1167
Syracuse , Kansas
67878

Phone: (620) 384-5629
Fax: (620) 384-5853
Hamilton County website »

Harper County

201 N. Jennings
Anthony , Kansas
67003

Phone: (620) 842-5555
Fax: (620) 842-3455
Harper County website »

Harvey County

PO Box 687
Newton , Kansas
67114

Phone: (316) 284-6842
Fax: (316) 284-6856
Harvey County website »

Haskell County

P.O. Box 518
Sublette, Kansas
67877

Phone: (620) 675-2263
Fax: (620) 675-2681
Haskell County website »

Hodgeman County

500 Main
P.O. Box 247
Jetmore , Kansas
67854

Phone: (620) 357-6421
Fax: (620) 357-6161
Hodgeman County website »

Jackson County

400 New York
Holton , Kansas
66436

Phone: (785) 364-2891
Fax: (785) 364-4204
Jackson County website »

Jefferson County

300 W. Jefferson
P.O. Box 321
Oskaloosa , Kansas
66066

Phone: (785) 863-2272
Fax: (785) 863-3135
Jefferson County website »

Jewell County

307 N. Commercial
Mankato , Kansas
66956

Phone: (785) 378-4020
Fax: (785) 378-3037
Jewell County website »

Johnson County

111 S. Cherry
Olathe , Kansas
66061

Phone: (913) 715-0775
Fax: (913) 715-0800
Johnson County website »

Kearny County

304 N. Main
P.O. Box 86
Lakin , Kansas
67860

Phone: (620) 355-6422
Fax: (620) 355-7382
Kearny County website »

Kingman County

130 N. Spruc
Kingman , Kansas
67068

Phone: (620) 532-2521
Fax: (620) 532-5082
Kingman County website »

Kiowa County

211 E. Florida
Greensburg , Kansas
67054

Phone: (620) 723-3366
Fax: (620) 723-3234
Kiowa County website »

Labette County

501 Merchant St.
P.O. Box 387
Oswego , Kansas
67356

Phone: (620) 795-2138 ext 227
Fax: (620) 795-2928
Labette County website »

Lane County

144 S. Lane
P.O. Box 788
Dighton , Kansas
67839

Phone: (620) 397-5356
Fax: (620) 397-5419
Lane County website »

Leavenworth County

300 Walnut
Leavenworth , Kansas
66048

Phone: (913) 684-0422
Fax: (913) 680-1489
Leavenworth County website »

Lincoln County

216 E. Lincoln
Lincoln , Kansas
67455

Phone: (785) 524-4757
Fax: (785) 524-5008
Lincoln County website »

Linn County

315 Main
P.O. Box 350
Mound City, Kansas
66056

Phone: (913) 795-2668
Fax: (913) 795-2889
Linn County website »

Logan County

710 W. 2nd
Oakley , Kansas
67748

Phone: (785) 671-4244
Fax: (785) 671-3341
Logan County website »

Lyon County

430 Commercial
Emporia , Kansas
66801

Phone: (620) 341-3245
Fax: (620) 341-3415
Lyon County website »

Marion County

P.O. Box 219
Marion , Kansas
66861

Phone: (620) 382-2185
Fax: (620) 382-3420
Marion County website »

Marshall County

1201 Broadway
P.O. Box 391
Marysville , Kansas
66508

Phone: (785) 562-5361
Fax: (785) 562-5262
Marshall County website »

McPherson County

PO Box 425
McPherson , Kansas
67460

Phone: (620) 241-3656
Fax: (620) 241-1168
McPherson County website »

Meade County

200 N. Fowler
P.O. Box 278
Meade , Kansas
67864

Phone: (620) 873-8700
Fax: (620) 873-8713
Meade County website »

Miami County

201 S. Pearl St.
Paola , Kansas
66071

Phone: (913) 294-3976
Fax: (913) 294-9544
Miami County website »

Mitchell County

111 S. Hersey
P.O. Box 19
Beloit , Kansas
67420

Phone: (785) 738-3652
Fax: (785) 738-5524
Mitchell County website »

Montgomery County

217 E. Myrtle
P.O. Box 446
Independence , Kansas
67301

Phone: (620) 330-1200
Fax: (620) 330-1202
Montgomery County website »

Morris County

501 W. Main
Council Grove, Kansas
66846

Phone: (620) 767-5518
Fax: (620) 767-6861
Morris County website »

Morton County

1025 Morton
P.O. Box 1116
Elkhart , Kansas
67950

Phone: (620) 697-2157
Fax: (620) 697-2159
Morton County website »

Nemaha County

607 Nemaha
P.O. Box 186
Seneca , Kansas
66538

Phone: (785) 336-2170
Fax: (785) 336-3373
Nemaha County website »

Neosho County

100 S. Main
P.O. Box 138
Erie , Kansas
66733

Phone: (620) 244-3811
Fax: (620) 244-3810
Neosho County website »

Ness County

202 W. Sycamore
Ness City, Kansas
67560

Phone: (785) 798-2401
Fax: (785) 798-3180
Ness County website »

Norton County

105 S. Kansas
P.O. Box 70
Norton , Kansas
67654

Phone: (785) 877-5710
Fax: (785) 877-5794
Norton County website »

Osage County

717 Topeka Ave.
P.O. Box 226
Lyndon, Kansas
66451

Phone: (785) 828-4812
Fax: (785) 828-4749
Osage County website »

Osborne County

423 W. Main
P.O. Box 160
Osborne , Kansas
67473

Phone: (785) 346-2431
Fax: (785) 346-5252
Osborne County website »

Ottawa County

307 N. Concord
Minneapolis , Kansas
67467

Phone: (785) 392-2279
Fax: (785) 392-2011
Ottawa County website »

Pawnee County

715 Broadway
Larned , Kansas
67550

Phone: (620) 285-3721
Fax: (620) 285-2559
Pawnee County website »

Phillips County

301 State St.
Phillipsburg , Kansas
67661

Phone: (785) 543-6825
Fax: (785) 543-6827
Phillips County website »

Pottawatomie County

207 N. 1st
P.O. Box 187
Westmoreland , Kansas
66549

Phone: (785) 457-3314
Fax: (785) 457-0350
Pottawatomie County website »

Pratt County

300 S. Ninnescah
P.O. Box 885
Pratt , Kansas
67124

Phone: (620) 672-4110
Fax: (620) 672-9541
Pratt County website »

Rawlins County

607 Main St. #C
Atwood , Kansas
67730

Phone: (785) 626-3351
Fax: (785) 626-9019
Rawlins County website »

Reno County

206 W. 1st St.
Hutchinson , Kansas
67501

Phone: (620) 694-2934
Fax: (620) 694-2534
Reno County website »

Republic County

1815 M St.
Belleville , Kansas
66935

Phone: (785) 527-7231 ext 232
Fax: (785) 527-2668
Republic County website »

Rice County

101 W. Commercial
Lyons , Kansas
67554

Phone: (620) 257-2232
Fax: (620) 257-3039
Rice County website »

Riley County

110 Courthouse Plaza
Manhattan , Kansas
66502

Phone: (785) 565-6200
Fax: (785) 537-6394
Riley County website »

Rooks County

115 N. Walnut
Stockton , Kansas
67669

Phone: (785) 425-6391
Fax: (785) 425-6015
Rooks County website »

Rush County

715 Elm
P.O. Box 22
LaCrosse , Kansas
67548

Phone: (785) 222-2731
Fax: (785) 222-3559
Rush County website »

Russell County

PO Box 113
Russell , Kansas
67665

Phone: (785) 483-4641
Fax: (785) 483-5725
Russell County website »

Saline County

300 W. Ash
Salina , Kansas
67401

Phone: (785) 309-5820
Fax: (785) 309-5826
Saline County website »

Scott County

303 Court
Scott City, Kansas
67871

Phone: (620) 872-2420
Fax: (620) 872-7145
Scott County website »

Sedgwick County

525 N. Main
Wichita , Kansas
67203

Phone: (316) 660-9222
Fax: (316) 383-7961
Sedgwick County website »

Seward County

515 N. Washington
Suite 100
Liberal , Kansas
67901

Phone: (620) 626-3355
Fax: (620) 626-3211
Seward County website »

Shawnee County

200 E. 7th
Topeka , Kansas
66603

Phone: (785) 233-8200 ext 4111
Fax: (785) 291-4912
Shawnee County website »

Sheridan County

925 8th St.
P.O. Box 899
Hoxie , Kansas
67740

Phone: (785) 675-3361
Fax: (785) 675-3487
Sheridan County website »

Sherman County

813 Broadway
Goodland , Kansas
67735

Phone: (785) 890-4802
Fax: (785) 890-4809
Sherman County website »

Smith County

218 S. Grant
Smith Center , Kansas
66967

Phone: (785) 282-5110
Fax: (785) 282-5114
Smith County website »

Stafford County

209 N. Broadway
St. John, Kansas
67576

Phone: (620) 549-3509
Fax: (620) 549-3481
Stafford County website »

Stanton County

201 N. Main
PO Box 190
Johnson , Kansas
67855

Phone: (620) 492-2140
Fax: (620) 492-2688
Stanton County website »

Stevens County

200 E. 6th St.
Hugoton , Kansas
67951

Phone: (620) 544-2541
Fax: (620) 544-4094
Stevens County website »

Sumner County

Room 101
Wellington , Kansas
67152

Phone: (620) 326-3395
Fax: (620) 326-2116
Sumner County website »

Thomas County

300 N. Court
Colby , Kansas
67701

Phone: (785) 460-4500
Fax: (785) 460-4503
Thomas County website »

Trego County

216 Main
WaKeeney , Kansas
67672

Phone: (785) 743-5773
Fax: (785) 743-5594
Trego County website »

Wabaunsee County

215 Kansas
P.O. Box 278
Alma , Kansas
66401

Phone: (785) 765-3414
Fax: (785) 765-3704
Wabaunsee County website »

Wallace County

P.O Box 70
Sharon Springs, Kansas
67758

Phone: (785) 852-4282
Fax: (785) 852-5283
Wallace County website »

Washington County

214 C St.
Washington , Kansas
66968

Phone: (785) 325-2974
Fax: (785) 325-2830
Washington County website »

Wichita County

206 S. 4th St.
Drawer 968
Leoti , Kansas
67861

Phone: (620) 375-2731
Fax: (620) 375-4350
Wichita County website »

Wilson County

615 Madison
Fredonia , Kansas
66736

Phone: (620) 378-2186
Fax: (620) 378-3841
Wilson County website »

Woodson County

105 W. Rutledge
Yates Center, Kansas
66783

Phone: (620) 625-8605
Fax: (620) 625-8670
Woodson County website »

Wyandotte County

701 N. 7th St.
Kansas City, Kansas
66101

Phone: (913) 573-8039
Fax: (913) 573-5005
Wyandotte County website »