Kansas Marriage Laws

Kansas Outline

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
  • 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 North Washington Avenue Room B
Iola, Kansas

Phone: (620) 365-1425
Fax: (620) 365-1429
Allen County website »

Anderson County

100 E. 4th Ave.
Garnett, Kansas

Phone: (785) 448-6841
Fax: (785) 448-3205
Anderson County website »

Atchison County

423 North Fifth Street
Atchison, Kansas

Atchison County website »

Barber County

118 E Washington
Medicine Lodge, Kansas

Phone: (620) 886-5639
Fax: (620) 886-5854
Barber County website »

Barton County

1400 Main, Room 306
Great Bend, Kansas

Phone: (620) 793-1856
Fax: (620) 793-1860
Barton County website »

Bourbon County

210 S. National Street
Ft. Scott, Kansas

Phone: (620) 223-0780
Fax: (620) 223-5303
Bourbon County website »

Brown County

601 Oregon St.
Hiawatha, Kansas

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

Butler County

205 W. Central
El Dorado, Kansas

Phone: (316) 322-4300
Fax: (316) 322-4387
Butler County website »

Chase County

300 Pearl St
Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

Phone: (620) 273-6319
Fax: (308) 882-7552
Chase County website »

Chautauqua County

215 N Chautauqua
Sedan, Kansas

Chautauqua County website »

Cherokee County

110 West Maple Street
Columbus, Kansas

Phone: (620) 429-3880
Fax: (620) 429-1130
Cherokee County website »

Cheyenne County

212 East Washington St.
St. Francis, Kansas

Cheyenne County website »

Clark County

913 Highland
Ashland, Kansas

Phone: (620) 635-2813
Fax: (620) 635-2051
Clark County website »

Clay County

712 5th St., Ste. 204
Clay Center, Kansas

Clay County website »

Cloud County

811 Washington St, Suite H
Concordia, Kansas

Cloud County website »

Coffey County

110 S 6th St, Room 202
Burlington, Kansas

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

Comanche County

201 South New York Avenue
Coldwater, Kansas

Comanche County website »

Cowley County

311 E. 9th Ave.
Winfield, Kansas

Phone: (620) 221-5470
Fax: (620) 221-1097
Cowley County website »

Crawford County

111 East Forest Street
Girard, Kansas

Phone: (620) 724-6212
Fax: (620) 724-4987
Crawford County website »

Decatur County

120 East Hall Street
Oberlin, Kansas

Decatur County website »

Dickinson County

109 E. 1st St. Suite 306
Abilene, Kansas

Phone: (785) 263-3142
Fax: (785) 263-4407
Dickinson County website »

Doniphan County

120 East Chestnut
Troy, Kansas

Phone: (785) 985-3582
Fax: (785) 985-2402
Doniphan County website »

Douglas County

111 East 11th Street
Lawrence, Kansas

Phone: (785) 832-5256
Fax: (785) 832-5174
Douglas County website »

Edwards County

312 S. Massachusetts Ave
Kinsley, Kansas

Edwards County website »

Elk County

1st Floor, County Courthouse
Howard, Kansas

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

Ellis County

718 Main St.
Hays, Kansas

Ellis County website »

Ellsworth County

210 North Kansas
Ellsworth, Kansas

Ellsworth County website »

Finney County

311 N. Ninth St.
Garden City, Kansas

Finney County website »

Ford County

100 Gunsmoke
Dodge City, Kansas

Ford County website »

Franklin County

100 E. 4th - P.O. Box 305
Garnett, Kansas

Phone: (785) 448-6886
Fax: (785) 448-3230
Franklin County website »

Geary County

138 E. 8th Street
Junction City, Kansas

Geary County website »

Gove County

420 Broad Street
Gove City, Kansas

Gove County website »

Graham County

410 N. Pomeroy
Hill City, Kansas

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

Grant County

108 S Glenn
Ulysses, Kansas

Phone: (620) 356-1538
Fax: (620) 356-5379
Grant County website »

Gray County

300 South Main Street, Room 104
Cimarron, Kansas

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

Greeley County

616 Second Street
Tribune, Kansas

Greeley County website »

Greenwood County

311 N. Main, Suite 3
Eureka, Kansas

Greenwood County website »

Hamilton County

219 N Main
Syracuse, Kansas

Hamilton County website »

Harper County

201 N. Jennings Ave, 2nd Floor
Anthony, Kansas

Harper County website »

Harvey County

800 N. Main St.
Newton, Kansas

Phone: (316) 284-6840
Fax: (316) 284-6856
Harvey County website »

Haskell County

300 S. Inman
Sublette, Kansas

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

Hodgeman County

412 E Bramley
Jetmore, Kansas

Hodgeman County website »

Jackson County

400 New York Ave
Holton, Kansas

Jackson County website »

Jefferson County

300 Jefferson St.
Oskaloosa, Kansas

Jefferson County website »

Jewell County

307 N. Commercial
Mankato, Kansas

Jewell County website »

Johnson County

111 S Cherry St
Olathe, Kansas

Johnson County website »

Kearny County

304 N Main St.
Lakin, Kansas

Kearny County website »

Kingman County

130 N. Spruce Street, 3rd Floor
Kingman, Kansas

Phone: (620) 532-5151
Fax: (620) 532-2952
Kingman County website »

Kiowa County

211 E. Florida St.
Greensburg, Kansas

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

Labette County

501 Merchant
Oswego, Kansas

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

Lane County

144 S Lane St
Dighton, Kansas

Lane County website »

Leavenworth County

601 S. 3rd St., Suite 3051
Leavenworth, Kansas

Phone: (913) 684-0700
Fax: (913) 684-0492
Leavenworth County website »

Lincoln County

216 E Lincoln Ave
Lincoln, Kansas

Lincoln County website »

Linn County

318 Chestnut
Mound City, Kansas

Phone: (913) 795-2660
Fax: (913) 795-2004
Linn County website »

Logan County

710 W 2nd
Oakley, Kansas

Phone: (785) 671-3654
Fax: (785) 671-3517
Logan County website »

Lyon County

430 Commercial Street
Emporia, Kansas

Lyon County website »

Marion County

200 S. Third St, Suite 201
Marion, Kansas

Marion County website »

Marshall County

1201 Broadway
Marysville, Kansas

Phone: (785) 562-5361
Fax: (785) 562-2458
Marshall County website »

McPherson County

117 North Maple
McPherson, Kansas

Phone: (620) 241-8149
Fax: (620) 241-5484
McPherson County website »

Meade County

200 N Fowler St
Meade, Kansas

Phone: (620) 873-8750
Fax: (620) 873-8759
Meade County website »

Miami County

120 South Pearl Street
Paola, Kansas

Miami County website »

Mitchell County

111 South Hersey
Beloit, Kansas

Mitchell County website »

Montgomery County

300 E Main St, Suite 201
Independence, Kansas

Montgomery County website »

Morris County

501 W Main Street, Suite 12
Council Grove, Kansas

Morris County website »

Morton County

1025 Morton St
Elkhart, Kansas

Phone: (620) 697-2563
Fax: (620) 697-4289
Morton County website »

Nemaha County

607 Nemaha St
Seneca, Kansas

Phone: (785) 336-2146
Fax: (785) 336-6450
Nemaha County website »

Neosho County

102 S Lincoln
Chanute, Kansas

Neosho County website »

Ness County

202 W. Sycamore St. Suite 10
Ness City, Kansas

Ness County website »

Norton County

105 S Kansas, 2nd Floor
Norton, Kansas

Norton County website »

Osage County

717 Topeka Avenue
Lyndon, Kansas

Osage County website »

Osborne County

423 W. Main
Osborne, Kansas

Osborne County website »

Ottawa County

307 N. Concord St.
Minneapolis, Kansas

Ottawa County website »

Pawnee County

715 Broadway
Larned, Kansas

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

Phillips County

301 State Street
Phillipsburg, Kansas

Phone: (785) 543-6830
Fax: (785) 543-6832
Phillips County website »

Pottawatomie County

207 N. 1st St.
Westmoreland, Kansas

Pottawatomie County website »

Pratt County

300 S. Ninnescah
Pratt, Kansas

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

Rawlins County

607 Main #F
Atwood, Kansas

Rawlins County website »

Reno County

Curtis State Office Building
1000 SW Jackson
Topeka, Kansas

Phone: (785) 296-1500
Fax: (785) 368-6368
Reno County website »

Republic County

1815 M St, Room 1
Belleville, Kansas

Republic County website »

Rice County

101 West Commercial
Lyons, Kansas

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

Riley County

110 Courthouse Plaza
Manhattan, Kansas

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

Rooks County

115 N. Walnut
Stockton, Kansas

Phone: (785) 425-6718
Fax: (785) 425-6568
Rooks County website »

Rush County

715 Elm St.
La Crosse, Kansas

Rush County website »

Russell County

401 N Main Street
Russell, Kansas

Russell County website »

Saline County

300 W Ash, Room 215
Salina, Kansas

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

Scott County

303 Court
Scott City, Kansas

Scott County website »

Sedgwick County

525 North Main St, Suite 211
Wichita, Kansas

Sedgwick County website »

Seward County

415 N Washington Suite 103
Liberal, Kansas

Phone: (620) 626-3375
Fax: (620) 626-3302
Seward County website »

Shawnee County

200 SE 7th St.
Topeka, Kansas

Phone: (785) 251-4327
Fax: (785) 251-4908
Shawnee County website »

Sheridan County

925 9th Street
Hoxie, Kansas

Sheridan County website »

Sherman County

813 Broadway Room 203
Goodland, Kansas

Sherman County website »

Smith County

218 S. Grant
Smith Center, Kansas

Smith County website »

Stafford County

209 North Broadway
St. John, Kansas

Phone: (620) 549-3295
Fax: (620) 549-3298
Stafford County website »

Stanton County

201 N Main St
Johnson, Kansas

Phone: (620) 492-2140
Fax: (620) 492-1745
Stanton County website »

Stevens County

200 E. 6th
Hugoton, Kansas

Stevens County website »

Sumner County

501 N. Washington St, Room 101
Wellington, Kansas

Sumner County website »

Thomas County

300 N Court Avenue
Colby, Kansas

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

Trego County

216 North Main
WaKeeney, Kansas

Trego County website »

Wabaunsee County

215 Kansas Avenue
Alma, Kansas

Phone: (785) 765-2421
Fax: (785) 765-3704
Wabaunsee County website »

Wallace County

313 Main
Sharon Springs, Kansas

Wallace County website »

Washington County

214 C Street
Washington, Kansas

Phone: (785) 325-2974
Fax: (785) 325-2303
Washington County website »

Wichita County

206 S 4th St
Leoti, Kansas

Wichita County website »

Wilson County

615 Madison, Rm 214
Fredonia, Kansas

Wilson County website »

Woodson County

105 W. Rutledge
Yates Center, Kansas

Woodson County website »

Wyandotte County

701 N 7th Street Suite 323
Kansas City, Kansas

Phone: (913) 573-5260
Fax: (913) 573-5299
Wyandotte County website »