Missouri Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in MO

If you're getting married in the state of Missouri you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $58.00 dollars. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of Missouri to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 30 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, one parent or legal guardian must be present. If a parent can not be present, due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, proper evidence must be presented for verification. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. Applicants must wait at least 30 days after the divorce has been finalized before applying for a marriage license. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Missouri or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Missouri. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Missouri marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in Missouri. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

No, cousin marriages are not allowed.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or legally recognized in Missouri.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Missouri has 113 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Adair County Recorder

106 W Washington St
Kirksville, MO 63501

660-665-3890

Andrew Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 208
Savannah, MO 64485

816-324-4221

Atchison County , Recorder Of Deeds

400 Washington St
Rockport, MO 64482

660-744-2707

Audrain County , Recorder Of Deeds

Courthouse
Mexico, MO 65265

573-473-5830

Barry County Recorder

Courthouse
Cassville, MO 65625

417-847-2914

Barton County , Recorder Of Deeds

Courthouse
Lamar, MO 64759

417-682-2110

Bates County , County Recorder

P.O. Box 186
Butler, MO 64730

660-679-3611

Benton Recorder , Of Deeds

316 Van Buren St
Warsaw, MO 65355

660-438-5732

Bollinger County Recorder

Courthouse
Marble Hill, MO 63764

573-238-2710

Boone County Recorder

701 East Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201

573-886-4345

Buchanan County , Recorder Of Deeds

411 Jules St
St Joseph, MO 64106

816-271-1437

Butler County Recorder

P.O. Box 1369
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

573-686-8086

Caldwell County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 86
Kingston, MO 64650

816-586-2581

Callaway County Clerk

10 E 5th St, # 10
Fulton, MO 65251

573-642-0730

Camden County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 930
Camdenton, MO 65020

573-346-4440

Cape Girardeau County , Recorder Of Deeds

#1 Barton Square
Jackson, MO 63755

573-243-3547

Carrol County Recorder

P.O. Box 245
Carrollton, MO 64633

660-542-1466

Carter County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 578
Van Buren, MO 63965

573-323-4527

Cass County Clerk

100 E Wall
Harrisonville, MO 64701

816-380-1500

Cedar County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 96
Stockton, MO 65785

417-276-3514

Chariton County Recorder

306 S Cherry St
Keytesville, MO 65261

660-288-3273

Christian County Recorder

Church St, Room #100
Ozark, MO 65721

417-581-6360

Clark County Recorder

East Court St
Kahoka, MO 63445

660-727-3283

Clay County Clerk

P.O. Box 238
Liberty, MO 64068

816-792-7637

Clinton County Clerk

P.O. Box 372
Plattsburg, MO 64477

816-539-3713

Cole County , Recorder Of Deeds

301 East High
Jefferson City, MO 65102

573-634-9106

Cooper County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 8
Boonville, MO 65233

660-882-2114

Crawford County , Recorder Of Deeds

211 Main St
Steelville, MO 65565

573-775-2376

Dade County Recorder

300 W Water St
Greenfield, MO 65661

417-637-2724

Dallas County Recorder

P.O. Box 373
Buffalo, MO 65622

417-345-2243

De Kalb County , Recorder Of Deeds

Main St
Maysville, MO 64469

816-449-5402

Dent County , Recorder Of Deeds

112 East Fifth St
Salem, MO 65560

573-729-3931

Douglas County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 655
Ava, MO 65608

417-683-4714

Dunklin County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 389
Kennett, MO 63857

573-888-2796

Franklin County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 391
Union, MO 63084

636-583-6355

Gasconade County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 241
Hermann, MO 65041

573-486-5427

Gentry County , Recorder Of Deeds

Clay & Polk St
Albany, MO 64402

660-726-3525

Greene County , Recorder Of Deeds

940 Boonville
Springfield, MO 65802

417-868-4055

Grundy County , Recorder Of Deeds

700 Main St Fl 2
Trenton, MO 64683

660-359-6305

Harrison County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 26
Bethany, MO 64424

660-425-6424

Henry County , Recorder Of Deeds

409 3rd St
Clinton, MO 64735

660-885-6963

Hickory County Recorder

P.O. Box 101
Hermitage, MO 65668

417-745-6450

Holt County , Recorder Of Deeds

102 W Nodaway St
Oregon, MO 64473

660-446-3303

Howard County Recorder

1 Courthouse Square
Fayette, MO 65248

660-248-2284

Howell County Recorder

P.O. Box 1011
West Plains, MO 65775

417-256-2591

Iron County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 24
Ironton, MO 63650

573-546-2912

Jackson County , Recorder Of Deeds

308 West Kansas
Independence, MO 64050

816-881-3198

Jackson County , Records Department
Jackson County Courthouse

415 E 12th St
Kansas City, MO 64106

816-881-3198

Jasper County Recorders

P.O. Box 387
Carthage, MO 64836

417-358-0416

Jefferson County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 100
Hillsboro, MO 63050

636-789-5478

Johnson County , Recorder Of Deeds

Holden & Market
Warrensburg, MO 64093

660-747-6161

Knox County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 116
Edina, MO 63537

660-397-2184

Laclede County Recorder

200 N Adams Ave
Lebanon, MO 65536

417-532-5471

Lafayette County Recorder

10th & Main St
Lexington, MO 64067

660-259-4315

Lawrence County , Recorder of Deeds

P.O. Box 449
Mt. Vernon, MO 65712

417-466-2670

Lewis County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 97
Monticello, MO 63457

573-767-5205

Lincoln County Recorder

201 Main
Troy, MO 63379

636-528-4415

Linn County Recorder

High St, Room 204
Linneus, MO 64653

660-895-5417

Livingston County , Recorder Of Deeds

1 Courthouse Sq
Chillicothe, MO 64601

660-646-2293

Macon County , Recorder Of Deeds

120 Vine St
Macon, MO 63552

660-385-2913

Madison County , Recorder Of Deeds

1 Main St
Fredericktown, MO 63645

573-783-2176

Maries County Recorder

P.O. Box 213
Vienna, MO 65582

573-422-3388

Marion County , Recorder Of Deeds

100 S Main St
Palmyra, MO 63461

573-769-2549

McDonald County , Recorder Of Deeds

Main St
Pineville, MO 64856

417-223-4717

Mercer County Recorder

802 E Main St
Princeton, MO 64673

660-748-3425

Miller County Recorder

P.O. Box 11
Tuscumbia, MO 65082

573-369-2731

Mississippi , County Recorder

P.O. Box 304
Charleston, MO 63834

573-649-2986

Moniteau County Recorder

200 East Main
California, MO 65018

573-796-2071

Monroe County Clerk

P.O. Box 227
Paris, MO 65275

660-327-5204

Montgomery County , Recorder Of Deeds

211 East Third St
Montgomery City, MO 63361

573-564-3341

Morgan County Clerk

P.O. Box 68
Versailles, MO 65084

573-378-5436

New Madrid , County Clerk

450 Main St
New Madrid, MO 63869

573-748-2524

Newton County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 130
Neosho, MO 64850

417-451-8225

Nodaway County , Recorder Of Deeds

305 N Main St, # 104
Maryville, MO 64468

660-582-5711

Oregon County Recorder

P.O. Box 406
Alton, MO 65606

417-778-7460

Osage County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 825
Linn, MO 65051

573-897-3114

Ozark County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 36
Gainesville, MO 65655

417-679-4232

Pemiscot County Recorder

7th St & Ward St
Caruthersville, MO 63830

573-333-2204

Perry County , Recorder Of Deeds

15 West Saint Maries St
Perryville, MO 63775

573-547-1611

Pettis County , County Recorder

415 South Ohio St
Sedalia, MO 65301

660-826-1136

Phelps County Recorder

200 N Main St Fl 1
Rollo, MO 65401

573-364-1891

Pike County Recorder

115 West Main
Bowling Green, MO 63334

573-324-5567

Platte County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 70
Platte City, MO 64079

816-858-2232

Polk County , Recorder Of Deeds

102 E Broadway St
Bolivar, MO 65613

417-326-4924

Pulaski County , Circuit Clerk

301 Us Highway 44 East
Waynesville, MO 65583

573-774-4755

Putnam County , Recorder Of Deeds

1601 Main St, # 202
Unionville, MO 63565

660-947-2071

Ralls County Recorder

P.O. Box 444
New London, MO 63459

573-985-5631

Randolph County Recorder

P.O. Box 194
Huntsville, MO 65259

660-277-4718

Ray County Recorder

P.O. Box 167
Richmond, MO 64085

816-776-4500

Reynolds County Recorder

P.O. Box 76
Centerville, MO 63633

573-648-2494

Ripley County , Recorder Of Deeds

100 Court House Sq
Doniphan, MO 63935

573-996-2818

Saline Recorder Of Deeds

Courthouse # 206
Marshall, MO 65340

660-886-2677

Schuyler County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 186
Lancaster, MO 63548

660-457-3784

Scotland County Recorder

117 S Market St, # 106
Memphis, MO 63555

660-465-8605

Scott County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 78
Benton, MO 63736

573-545-3551

Shannon County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 148
Eminence, MO 65466

573-226-3315

Shelby County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 176
Shelbyville, MO 63469

573-633-2151

St Charles County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 99
St Charles, MO 63302

636-949-7505

St Clair County , Recorder Of Deeds

Courthouse
Osceola, MO 64776

417-646-2226

St Francois County , Recorder Of Deeds

Washington St & Columbia St
Famington, MO 63640

573-756-2323

St Genevieve County , Recorder Of Deeds

First St
St Genevieve, MO 63670

573-883-2706

St Louis County , Recorder Of Deeds

41 South Central
Clayton, MO 63105

636-889-2182

Stoddard County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 217
Bloomfield, MO 63825

573-568-3444

Stone County Recorder

P.O. Box 18
Galena, MO 65656

417-357-6362

Sullivan County , Recorder Of Deeds

Court House
Milan, MO 63556

660-265-3630

Taney County , Recorder Of Deeds

Main & David Sts
Forsyth, MO 65653

417-546-7234

Texas County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 237
Houston, MO 65483

417-967-3742

Vernon County , Recorder Of Deeds

100 W Cherry St,
Nevada, MO 64772

417-448-2520

Warren County Clerk , Recorder Of Deeds

104 West Main
Warrenton, MO 63383

636-456-9800

Washington County , Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 216
Potosi, MO 63664

573-438-4171

Webster County Recorder

P.O. Box 529
Marshfield, MO 65706

417-468-2173

Worth County Recorder

P.O. Box H
Grant City, MO 64456

660-564-2219

Wright County Recorder

County Courthouse
Hartville, MO 65667

417-741-7121