Marriage License
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Physical Location:
Madison County Courthouse
1st Floor - Election Center
Richmond, KY 40475

Contact Numbers:
(Phone) 859-624-4703 Option 2
(Fax) 859-624-4954

Office Hours: M-F 8:00AM - 4:30PM


Marriage License


Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriages:

At approximately 1 pm Friday, June 26, 2015, our office received instructions from the State of Kentucky, for a Gender Neutral marriage license.

We are now selling gender neutral marriage licenses in both Richmond and Berea. 


Requirements to obtain a Marriage License

        • Both must be 18 years old or older (if either party is under 18, see requirements below).
        • Party 1 and Party 2 must apply for the license together.
        • Both must present an acceptable form of a picture ID, such as a drivers’ license, government issued picture ID or passport.
        • The correct spelling of the father’s full name and mother’s full maiden name. (first, middle and last)
        • There is a $35.50 fee for the license.

For a printable form of the information needed to obtain your marriage license, Click Here.


Important Information

        • There is no waiting period, blood test, or physical requirements.
        • The marriage license is valid for 30 days, including the date issued.
        • The marriage license is valid anywhere in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


Steps after the Marriage Takes Place

        • The officiant will return the signed marriage application to the Madison County Clerk's Office within 30 days of the ceremony. It will be certified by the County Clerk and filed with the State of Kentucky. The certified copy will then be mailed to the couple.
        • When changing your maiden name, you will take your certified marriage license to the Social Security Administration office (located on 1060 Gibson Bay Drive, Richmond, KY). For more information click here.


The following requirements must be met prior to issuing a marriage license if Party 1 or Party 2 are under 18:


        • Must be 16 years of age. No Party 1 or Party 2 under 16 may be issued a marriage license without an order from the District Court. If either party is pregnant the court must issue an order.
        • A female minor must make application in the county of her parent's residence, but can get married in another county after she has completed the requirements for the license.
        • Consent to Marriage Form (located on the back of the Marriage License) is required and will be filled out when applying for your Marriage License.  Consent must be obtained from both the father and the mother, if both are living and the parents are divorced or legally separated, and a court order of joint custody to the parents of the person under 18 but over 16 has been issued and is in effect.   This must be completed, witnessed, signed by the parents or legal guardians* of the minor, and sworn by the deputy clerk. (A guardian must bring the document affirming guardianship).
        • Parents or legal guardians* and two witnesses 18 years old or older, must sign the Consent to Marriage Form for each minor.
        • If the parents of either minor are divorced, custody papers are required to sign the Consent to Marriage Form.
        • Birth Certificate and Driver’s License/State ID must be presented.

*Legal guardian must have full guardianship.

NOTE: Kentucky does not marry minors whose parents reside outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


Who can perform Marriages?

Click here for more information.



     Madison County Marriage Index (1786-1952) A-L 

     Madison County Marriage Index (1786-1956) M-Z


2014 kbarger profilev2A native of Richmond, Kentucky, Clerk Kenny Barger graduated from Madison Central High School and also attended Eastern Kentucky University.  Prior to his election in 2010, Clerk Kenny Barger worked in his family’s business, Barger’s Towing and Recovery, and as Manager at Mikron Industries, Inc., both located in Richmond, Kentucky. 

Current Term: 2015 - 2018
First Elected: 2010



Our Locations:

Richmond Location:

101 W Main Street

Richmond, KY 40475

Berea Location:

304 Chestnut Street

Berea, KY 40403

Hours of Operation for All Locations:

Mon. to Fri. 8am to 4:30pm