FOREIGN COUNTRY RULES:
Before you can marry someone from a foreign country you must have met in person at least once, and have proof of that meeting (photos together, plane ticket receipt, etc.) Once your proxy marriage has taken place you can bring your spouse to the USA using a K-3 Spousal Visa, or a Form I-130 which you can apply for HERE. BEFOREyou start the Form I-130 process you must have consummated the marriage. That means you must get together for a honeymoon, even if it is a short one. You can go to your new spouse's country or meet in a different country and take photos together because you will need them for your immigration interview. If you have never met in person you can bring your fiancee to the USA with a fiancee visa using a K-1 Visa or Form I-129F HERE, but be advised that the process can take over a year for approval. IF YOU HAVE NEVER MET YOU CAN NOT GET A PROXY MARRIAGE. Skype and online relationships are not considered "meetings" in the eyes of immigration, even though you can get to know each other well. Immigration here in the USA, and in some other countries, has strict standards which doesn't always feel very fair, but it's the government and there's no wiggle room with this one. We recommend checking with an immigration lawyer if you have any questions.
If your fiancee lives in another COUNTRY you might need to also get an Apostille Certificate, also called a DC-60 form in Kansas. This is a form of authentication that is used to verify that a document is genuine. It costs $7.50 and is a simple form to fill out. Don't fall for the scams that want to charge you $150 for this service - you can do it yourself easily. It comes from the Kansas Secretary of State's office. You will need to provide a copy of that certified marriage license along with your Apostille Certificate request. The DC-60 Form (Apostille Certification) can be found HERE:
The following 117 countries are members of the Hague Apostille Convention, which was established to create a method of legalizing documents for universal recognition. Documents destined for these countries require only an apostille from the Secretary of State where document was issued.
ALBANIA; ANDORRA; ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA; ARGENTINA; ARMENIA; AUSTRALIA; AUSTRIA; AZERBAIJAN; BAHAMAS; BAHRAIN; BARBADOS; BELARUS; BELGIUM; BELIZE; BOLIVIA; BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA; BOTSWANA; BRAZIL; BRUNEI DARUSSALAM; BULGARIA; CABO VERDE; CHILE; CHINA, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF; COLOMBIA; COOK ISLANDS; COSTA RICA; CROATIA; CYPRUS; CZECH REPUBLIC; DENMARK; DOMINICA; DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; ECUADOR; EL SALVADOR; ESTONIA; ESWATINI (FORMERLY SWAZILAND); FIJI; FINLAND; FRANCE; GEORGIA; GERMANY; GREECE; GRENADA; GUATEMALA; GUYANA; HONDURAS; HUNGARY; ICELAND; INDIA; IRELAND; ISRAEL; ITALY; JAPAN; KAZAKHSAN; KOREA, REPUBLIC OF; KOSOVO; KYRGYZSTAN; LATVIA; LESOTHO; LIBERIA; LIECHTENSTEIN; LITHUANIA; LUXEMBOURG; MALAWI; MALTA; MARSHALL ISLANDS; MAURITIUS; MEXICO; MONACO; MONGOLIA; MONTENEGRO; MOROCCO; NAMIBIA; NETHERLANDS; NEW ZEALAND; NICARAGUA; NIUE; NORWAY; OMAN; PALAU; PANAMA; PARAGUAY; PERU; PHILIPPINES; POLAND; REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA; REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA; ROMANIA; RUSSIAN FEDERATION; SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS; SAINT LUCIA; SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; SAMOA; SAN MARINO; SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE; SERBIA; SEYCHELLES; SLOVAKIA; SLOVENIA; SOUTH AFRICA; SPAIN; SURINAME; SWEDEN; SWITZERLAND; TAJIKISTAN; TONGA; TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO; TUNISIA; TUREY; UKRAINE; UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; URUGUAY; UZBEKISTAN; VANUATU , and VENEZUELA.
For countries which are not signatories to the Hague Convention of 1961, documents are required to go through the authentication process certifying the authenticity of the document before being presented in the country of use.
Although the first steps are similar to the Apostille process, the authentication process does require an additional step of Embassy Legalization by the Embassy of the country in which the document will be presented. After obtaining the US Department of State certification, document must be presented to the Embassy of the respective country to obtain their authentication stamp. This will be the final step, completing the process.
Apostille Certificate From The Washington DC Office Of The Secretary
How To Order An Apostille Certificate From The District Of Columbia Office Of The Secretary Of State
An original or certified copy is required. You cannot order a certified copy of your articles and request an Apostille at the same time. You can order by mail or in person, but we recommend mailing. Normal processing takes up to 5 days, plus additional time for mailing, and costs $15 per document. Expedited service is available in person only and should be the same day. Always provide the name of the country needing an Apostille.
You can order an Apostille Certificate…
Cover letter must include the name of the country, payment of the fees, address the documents should be mailed to after processing, and a daytime phone number for possible questions. You must enclose an original or certified copy of the document, and a self-addressed prepaid envelope.
You can bring in the original document or a certified copy and the applicable fees to the office between 9:00am and 1:00pm, Monday-Friday. In person requests will processed the same day.
Do you need to order a certified copy at the same time or does the fee include a certified copy?
A Washington DC certified copy cannot be ordered at the same time because they are processed in different offices. This fee does not include a certified copy.
How much does it cost to obtain an District of Columbia Apostille?
$15 per document for normal processing.
Is expedited processing available?
Yes. Expedited service is available in person only at no additional charge.
Check, Money Order, Certified and/or Cashier Check. Credit cards accepted in person only. Make check or money order payable to: DC Treasurer.
How long does it take to get an Apostille Certificate from District of Columbia Secretary of State?
Expedited Counter Service: same day. Normal processing: 3-5 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
How will the Apostille Certificate come back after I order from the District of Columbia Secretary of State?
It will be mailed by regular mail, unless you request otherwise and provide a pre-addressed prepaid envelope or UPS/Fed Ex airbill envelope. Return service by fax or email is not available.
Office of the Secretary Office of Notary Commissions & Authentications
441 4th Street NW, Room 810S
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-3117 phone
DISCLAIMER: The information on this site does not constitute legal advice. The goal of this website is to educate the consumer on the proxy marriage process. Please consult a lawyer with any legal questions for your individual situation. We do not offer refunds on our proxy marriages.
You can apply ONLINE for your Kansas Marriage License! The fee for a marriage license in Kansas is $85.50, payable in cash, money order or cashier's check (made out to "Clerk of the District Court") or you can pay with a Visa, Mastercard or Discover card. Credit cards are charged a $4.95 convenience fee. There is a 3 day waiting period in Kansas after your application has been submitted before the license is issued. KANSAS Marriage Licenses are good for 6 months (which means you must use them within 6 months to get married or you will have to purchase a new one). When you are ready to get married you get your marriage license and contact us to schedule your proxy wedding. Your ceremony will be performed and your license will be filled out and signed. A Certified Copyof your marriage license can be obtained from the Kansas Department of Health & Environment in Topeka, Kansas. The cost is $15. You can order in person, via internet, mail or telephone. ID of the REQUESTOR is required, either by mail, fax or email. The website for this information is HERE
KANSAS MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION
NOTE: Proxy Marriages are illegal if they are done to evade US Immigration law, avoid deportation, marry someone who is going to testify against you and other non-specified legal situations. Please consult with a lawyer if you have any questions about your personal situation.
What We Require:
Before we meet you in person you will need to have your intended spouse fill out the affidavit we email to you. It is just a short form consenting to the proxy marriage. It must be signed in front of a notary public. If you can't get this notarized (Incarcerated proxies especially), we can often use Power of Attorney instead. We can give you a general Power of Attorney to use if you need one - you don't need to hire a lawyer to draw this up, and we recommend everyone with an incarcerated loved one have one of these. Military proxies can have a commanding officer witness in the event a notary public is not available. Virtual notaries are also an option. You will bring the original with you for your proxy marriage. Any prenuptial agreements should be done before starting the proxy marriage process. Foreign Country proxies should consult with an attorney to see whether it is more beneficial to do a proxy marriage or a K-1 Fiancee Visa. You don't need to meet with us in person at this time due to the COVID emergency.
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THE COURTHOUSE WILL HAVE YOU SIGN AND ATTEST TO THE FOLLOWING:
UNIFORM APPLICATION AND AFFIDAVIT FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE
IN THE ____________JUDICIAL DISTRICT DISTRICT COURT
OF ________________COUNTY, KANSAS
STATE OF KANSAS, _________________COUNTY SS:
APPLICATION MADE BY PARTY A PARTY B
Party A Name (Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial) City and County of Residence Age (Please do not list date of birth.)
Party B Name (Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial) City and County of Residence Age (Please do not list date of birth.)
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING: The above-named parties hereby make application to marry and further apply for a marriage license addressed to any person authorized by law to unite said parties in marriage. Affiant, being duly sworn says:
That the contracting parties are of lawful age to obtain a marriage license, or have acquired the necessary consent under law if they are not of lawful age.
That the contracting parties are not related to each other in any of the degrees prohibited by law, to-wit: Parent and child, grandparent and grandchild in any degree, brother and sister of the whole or half blood, uncle or niece, aunt or nephew, or first cousins.
That there is no legal reason preventing such marriage, to the best of the affiant’s knowledge and belief. Party A Signature Party B Signature
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO BEFORE ME THIS ____ DAY OF _________, 2019 .
Name and Title of Court Official
**Example of Worksheet to be filled out when applying for KANSAS MARRIAGE LICENSE is HERE**
Online Marriage Application is HERE (on the last page of the application it will send you to the payment page so you can pay for your marriage license - the page is at www.paylocalgov.com)
PAYMENT METHODS THEY ACCEPT ONLINE:
Marriage License Search is HERE