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Couples who need marriage licenses in September should apply for them now

Monday, August 23, 2021 - 2:32pm

Couples who need a marriage license in September should apply for them now because a database courts use to process licenses will be offline for a week in September. Couples can expect some delays as a result.

Courts use a database managed by the Office of Vital Statistics to record marriage license application data. The database will be offline Sept. 8-13, so no data can be entered.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, if a couple applies for a marriage license by Aug. 31, the couple will have a license in hand by Sept. 7. 

Applications submitted after Aug. 31 will be processed after Sept. 14, when the database comes back online. There is a three-day waiting period required by statute, and courts begin processing the application after the waiting period ends. 

Couples can apply for a marriage license throughout this period, but the applications cannot be processed while the Office of Vital Statistics database is offline.

The online marriage license application is accessible through the Kansas judicial branch website at


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