Crawford and Miami counties have stopped processing marriage license applications, but 16 others in Kansas continue to provide the remote service by phone and email.
Crawford and Miami counties will finish processing applications and licenses they have already received if applicants pay the required fee by Oct. 15. Applicants who miss the deadline will have to start the process anew in a different court.
Mac Young, the court administrator for the 11th Judicial District, which includes Crawford, Labette and Cherokee counties, did not respond to an email seeking comment.
People who live in Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee or Wyandotte counties will get their marriage licenses through the district court in their county. People who live in the rest of the state have 12 court locations through which to apply for and receive a marriage license: Barton County in Great Bend, 620-793-1856; Douglas County in Lawrence, 785-832-5256; Ellis County in Hays, 785-628-9415; Finney County in Garden City, 620-271-6120; Ford County in Dodge City, 620-227-4609; Harvey County in Newton, 316-284-6890; Leavenworth County in Leavenworth, 913-684-0700; Lyon County in Emporia, 620-341-3280; Pawnee County in Larned, 620-285-6937; Reno County in Hutchinson, 620-694-2956; Saline County in Salina, 785-309-5831; Thomas County in Colby, 785-460-4540.
Marriage license paperwork requires the applicant to provide a photo identification that includes personally identifiable information, such as date of birth, Social Security number or driver’s license number. To protect this information, courts will begin an encrypted email exchange with the applicant through which the applicant will return completed paperwork.
If an applicant does not have email, courts will send and receive paperwork by U.S. mail.
Marriage license applicants previously were required to appear in person in the clerk of court office to swear an oath that includes affirming:
— they are of lawful age to marry or have necessary consent to marry;
— are not related in degrees prohibited by law; and
— no legal reason exists why they should not marry.
Under the new process, applicants will make this affirmation on paper.