There are a number of reasons why someone may want to search Kansas marriage records. Some people are interested in tracing a family ancestry and some people will even want to find records for people they are dating to see if they have been married before or are married now. A few ways to look up marriage records include searching through local archives or libraries within courthouses, counties and the state. Though researching is often time consuming, especially with the wealth of information, these days, one could find their records very easily. Whatever reason that has you wanting to find marriage records in Kansas, you are fortunate to have access to databases via the internet.
In a marriage record, you can find information about the couple such as marriage date, names and sometimes even their birthday and names of their parents. Depending on the date of the marriage, the certificate can even include the place where the marriage was performed, such as a church or courthouse and who performed the marriage itself. When you find information about the parents on the record, especially if you are researching for genealogy, you can then search for more Kansas marriage records by their names.
In Kansas marriage licenses were required for couples starting in 1867, however they were not kept on file at the state level until 1913. Copies of vital records after 1913 can be found through contact with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The vital records, including certified marriage certificates require a $15 fee and are non-refundable if the record is not found. A letter is sent explaining that a search could not result in a marriage certificate.
Currently there are 6 ways to order marriage records through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The ways to order include walk-ins to the state office building, through the internet, telephone, regular mail and a priority mail system. Any marriage record order will cost $15 though there is an $11 fee for an expedited service. When going into the office you can expect to wait around 20 minutes so that the staff can locate the marriage record. It will take about 3 to 5 business days after receiving payment and application to get a response when ordering by internet, phone or mail. Payments can be made by credit card, check, cash or money order.
Some Kansas marriage records filed with the department of health can also be found through all of Kansas' county district court offices. To begin with, certificates are filed within the county where the license was issued. Any marriage records prior to 1913 can be found through the Kansas Historical Society. Through this society, a Kansas Names Index is provided for you to search through their database by either surname or a given name. The great thing about searching for marriage records by doing a name search is that the name of the spouse, date of the marriage, and county are included.
To obtain a Kansas marriage record, follow the instructions below:
Download the Certified Copy of Kansas Marriage Certificate application.
Read the instructions carefully and complete the form as thoroughly as possible. Include the full name of groom, maiden name of bride, birth dates of each, date of marriage, and city and county where the marriage took place.
Make a copy of your government-issued photo ID to include as proof of your eligibility for the marriage record.
Mail your application or stop by in person to the address below along with a check or money order for $15 to cover the search fee. Credit card payment is accepted by phone orders only.
Should you require further assistance, contact the following office:
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Office of Vital Records
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 120
Topeka, KS 66612-2221
About Marriage Records in Kansas
Kansas marriage records were initially stored in the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Office of Vital Statistics starting in 1913. Every marriage event in Kansas first gets recorded with the County Court in the county the wedding took place. Each month, the County Clerk forwards all marriage certificates to the Vital Statistics office.
Who Can Access Marriage Records?
Only those who are related to the individuals on a marriage certificate may request a certified copy from the Office of Vital Statistics. Otherwise, the general public may order marriage records directly from the county district court where the marriage took place.
Kansas Marriage Records Online
The Office of Vital Statistics processes requests marriage records in many ways, but they do not process online orders. However, they have partnered with VitalCheck.com to allow online requests. Additional fees apply with this service.