Kansas law authorizes the issuance of certified copies of vital records in the state. This function is tasked to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The Office of Vital Statistics under the Public Health Division at the KDHE maintains vital records for events that take place in Kansas. They are primarily made up of Kansas Birth, Death, Divorce and Marriage Records. In Kansas, all vital records are not public records. They are deemed confidential and cannot be accessed other than by the person named on the records and his or her immediate family members and legal representatives.
Kansas Marriage Records at the KDHE are updated monthly with information from the District Courts. This filing began on May 1, 1913. Information prior to that is obtainable from the County Office where the Marriage License was granted. These early licenses did not include the names of the parents unless the bride or groom was underage. The Office of Vital Statistics accepts requests for marriage certificate by mail, telephone, fax, internet and walk-in. Each certified copy of Kansas Marriage Certificate costs $15 and payment must be made in personal check or money order to the Kansas Vital Statistics. Online applications are by credit card payment only. All applications should bear the signature and photocopy of valid picture identification of the requester. Processing time varies, depending on the mode of request: five to ten business days for mail requests and 20 minutes for walk-ins.