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Getting married in Missouri

IMPORTANT NOTE: Marriage laws and license requirements change continually, so please check the latest information with your local marriage license bureau office or county clerk's office before making your wedding or travel plans, and before inviting your guests.

A marriage license is issued by the Recorder of Deeds in each Missouri county.

Both parties must appear in person together before the recorder of deeds or a deputy recorder and present valid identification containing date of birth, along with a Social Security card, to apply for a marriage license.

Who may apply for a marriage license

A man and woman applying for a marriage license do not need to be Missouri residents. Applicants for a marriage license must be at least 18 years old.

Applicants who are younger than 18 must have consent from a custodial parent or guardian. Applicants wishing to apply who are younger than 15 must obtain a circuit court order.

Cousin marriages are not permitted.

ID requirements

Picture id such as Drivers License, and Social Security card.

Previous marriages

Applicants must provide the date their last marriage ended and must wait at least 30 days after the divorce is final before applying for a marriage license.

Blood tests and other tests

No tests are required.

Marriage ceremonies and witnesses

Lack of witnesses does not render a marriage invalid. However, two witnesses can submit an affidavit that the marriage ceremony took place if the certificate is lost or destroyed and the person who solemnized the marriage is unavailable.

Officiants

A clergyman or clergywoman, active or retired, who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in Missouri; a Circuit Court or Associate Circuit Court judge (who are prohibited by a Missouri Constitutional provision from receiving any compensation for the service); a religious society, institution or organization in Missouri of which either marriage party is a member, in accordance with the organization's regulations and customs.

The person performing the ceremony must be given the license prior to the ceremony.

Ministers must keep a record of all marriages they perform. They must give the couple a marriage certificate and must complete the marriage license and return it to the recorder of deeds within 90 days after the marriage license was issued.

Fees

$50 plus a $1 fee for each parental consent.

Waiting period

There is no waiting period.

Validity of license

A marriage license has a validity of 30 days (in some counties this is 15 days, please check with your county recorder).

The license is valid only in Missouri.

Copy of marriage certificate

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
930 Wildwood
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Tel. (573) 751-6387

For more information

Here is a list of county clerk's offices in Missouri:

Adair County
Kirksville, MO
660.665.3890

Andrew County
Savannah, MO
816.324.4221

Atchison County
Rockport, MO
660.744.2707

Audrain County
Mexico, MO
573.473.5830

Barry County
Cassville, MO
417.847.2914

Barton County
Lamar, MO
417.682.2110

Bates County
Butler, MO
660.679.3611

Benton County
Warsaw, MO
660.438.5732

Bollinger County
Marble Hill, MO
573-238-2710

Boone County
Columbia, MO
573.886.4345

Buchanan County
St. Joseph, MO
816.271.1437

Butler County
Poplar Bluff, MO
573.686.8086

Caldwell County
Kingston, MO
816.586.2581

Callaway County
Fulton, MO
573.642.0730

Camden County
Camdenton, MO
573.346.4440

Cape Girardeau County
Jackson, MO
573.243.3547

Carrol County
Carrollton, MO
660.542.1466

Carter County
Van Buren, MO
573.323.4527

Cass County
Harrisonville, MO
816.380.1500

Cedar County
Stockton, MO
417.276.3514

Chariton County
Keytesville, MO
660.288.3273

Christian County
Ozark, MO
417.581.6360

Clark County
Kahoka, MO
660.727.3283

Clay County
Liberty, MO
816.792.7637

Clinton County
Plattsburg, MO
816.539.3713

Cole County
Jefferson City, MO
573.634.9106

Cooper County
Boonville, MO
660.882.2114

Crawford County
Steelville, MO
573.775.2376

Dade County
Greenfield, MO
417.637.2724

Dallas County
Buffalo, MO
417.345.2243

De Kalb County
Maysville, MO
816.449.5402

Dent County
Salem, MO
573.729.3931

Douglas County
Ava, MO
417.683.4714

Dunklin County
Kennett, MO
573.888.2796

Franklin County
Union, MO
314.583.6355

Gasconade County
Hermann, MO
573.486.5427

Gentry County
Albany, MO
660.726.3525

Greene County
Springfield, MO
417.868.4055

Grundy County
Trenton, MO
660.359.6305

Harrison County
Bethany, MO
660-425-6424

Henry County
Clinton, MO
660.885.6963

Hickory County
Hermitage, MO
417-745-6450

Holt County
Oregon, MO
660.446.3303

Howard County
Fayette, MO
660.248.2284

Howell County
West Plains, MO
417.256.2591

Iron County
Ironton, MO
573.546.2912

Jackson County
Independence, MO
816.881.3198

Jackson County
Kansas City, MO
816.881.3198

Jasper County
Carthage, MO
417.358.0416

Jefferson County
Hillsboro, MO
314.789.5478

Knox County
Edina, MO
660.397.2184

Laclede County
Lebanon, MO
417.532.5471

Lafayette County
Lexington, MO
660.259.4315

Lawrence County
Mt. Vernon, MO
417.466.2638

Lewis County
Monticello, MO
573.767.5205

Lincoln County
Troy, MO
314.528.4415

Linn County
Linneus, MO
660.895.5417

Livingston County
Chillicothe, MO
660.646.2293

Macon County
Macon, MO
660.385.2913

Madison County
Fredericktown, MO
573.783.2176

Maries County
Vienna, MO
573.422.3388

Marion County
Palmyra, MO
573.769.2549

McDonald County
Pineville, MO
417.223.4717

Mercer County
Princeton, MO
660.748.3425

Miller County
Tuscumbia, MO
573.369.2731

Mississippi County
Charleston, MO
573.649.2986

Moniteau County
California, MO
573.796.2071

Monroe County
Paris, MO
660.327.5204

Montgomery County
Montgomery City, MO
573.564.3341

Morgan County
Versailles, MO
573.378.5436

New Madrid
New Madrid, MO
573.748.2524

Newton County
Neosho, MO
417.451.8225

Nodaway County
Maryville, MO
660.582.5711

Oregon County
Alton, MO
417.778.7460

Osage County
Linn, MO
573.897.3114

Ozark County
Gainesville, MO
417.679.4232

Pemiscot County
Caruthersville, MO
573.333.2204

Perry County
Perryville, MO
573.547.1611

Pettis County
Sedalia, MO
660.826.1136

Phelps County
Rollo, MO
573.364.1891

Pike County
Bowling Green, MO
573.324.5567

Platte County
Platte City, MO
816.858.2232

Polk County
Bolivar, MO
417.326.4924

Pulaski County
Waynesville, MO
573.774.4755

Putnam County
Unionville, MO
660.947.2071

Ralls County
New London, MO
573.985.5631

Randolph County
Huntsville, MO
660.277.4718

Ray County
Richmond, MO
816.776.4500

Reynolds County
Centerville, MO
573.648.2494

Ripley County
Doniphan, MO
573.996.2818

Saline County
Marshall, MO
660.886.2677

Schuyler County
Lancaster, MO
660.457.3784

Scotland County
Memphis, MO
660.465.8605

Scott County
Benton, MO
573.545.3551
St Charles County
St Charles, MO
636.949.7505

Shannon County
Eminence, MO
573.226.3315
St Clair County
Osceola, MO
417.646.2226

Shelby County
Shelbyville, MO
573.633.2151
St Francois County
Famington, MO
573.756.2323

St Genevieve County
St Genevieve, MO
573.883.2706

St Louis County
Clayton, MO
314.889.2182

Stoddard County
Bloomfield, MO
573.568.3444

Stone County
Galena, MO
417.357.6362

Sullivan County
Milan, MO
660.265.3630

Taney County
Forsyth, MO
417.546.7234

Texas County
Houston, MO
417.967.3742

Vernon County
Nevada, MO
417.448.2520

Warren County
Warrenton, MO
314.456.9800

Washington County
Potosi, MO
573.438.4171

Webster County
Marshfield, MO
417.468.2173

Worth County
Grant City, MO
660.564.2219

Wright County
Hartville, MO
417.741.7121

 

 

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