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Missouri State, MO

State of Missouri
Application Process

  • The fee for a Missouri marriage license varies by county and is required at the time of application.

  • To obtain a marriage license, both parties must apply in person before the Recorder or Deputy to make application.

  • Both Parties must be present for the application.

  • Picture ID and Proof of age is required.

  • Both Parties must be least 18 years of age to apply without parental consent.

  • There is no waiting period or blood test required in Missouri to get married.

  • Same day application and marriage license issuance.

  • The Missouri marriage license is valid for 30 days

Be sure to contact your local County Recorder’s office well in advance of the wedding to find out on what days and during what hours the clerk will be in the office.

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  • Both must appear in person before the Recorder or Deputy.

This provision is waived for certain applicants who qualify under state and federal statutes (incarcerated, military duty assigned outside the state of Missouri or disabled under ADA). Please call ahead for instructions.

  • Valid identification containing date of birth.

  • A Social Security number will be required. If you do not have one, you must sign a form stating you have no Social Security number.

  • Applicants are responsible for delivering the license to the person who solemnizes their marriage.

  • The Officiate must complete the license, have two witnesses sign it (18 yrs of age or older), and return it to the County Recorder’s office within fifteen days from the ceremony.

  • The license is then recorded, scanned for preservation and remains on file permanently in the County Recorder’s office.

It is important that you verify all information with your local County County Recorder’s office before making a trip to purchase your marriage license.

ID Requirement in Missouri:

Identification and proof of age is required of ALL persons.

  • Certified copy of United States Birth Certificate

  • Valid driver’s license (United States)

  • Military I.D.

  • State I.D.

  • United States passport with visa or U.S. entry stamp

  • Valid passport

  • Green Card

Foreign applicants must present their valid government issued ID along with a certified English translation of all non-English identification used. If a translator is needed, arrangements for an appointment with your local County Recorder’s office must be made well in advance.

Residency Requirement:

No. Missouri does not have a residency requirement for marriage licenses.

Waiting Period in Missouri:

No. Missouri marriage license is effective immediately upon issuance.

Previous Marriages:

Previously married applicants must give the date their last marriage ended. Divorced individuals may not apply until their divorce has been final for a minimum of 30 days.

Marriage License Fee Missouri:

The fee for a marriage license is $45 + in Missouri. Preferred method of payment is cash. For guidance on additional methods of payment, please call ahead.

Blood test in Missouri:

No Blood Test.

Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

Proof of Age Identification:

Identification is required of all parties. Each marriage applicant must also show their Social Security number. The following documents will be accepted:

  • Age 15-17
    • Birth certificate (legal, certified)

    • Social Security card

    • Valid government issued photo ID

    • Custodial parent to give consent

  • Age 18
    • Birth certificate (legal, certified)

    • Social Security card

    • Valid government issued photo ID

  • Age 19 and over
    • Valid government issued photo ID

    • Social Security card (If the Social Security number is not on the ID presented)

  • Consenting parents
    • Valid government issued photo ID

    • If divorced, court papers to prove custody

Proxy Marriages:


Cousin Marriages:

No. Blood relatives, down to and including first cousins, may not marry under the laws of the State of Missouri.

Common Law Marriages:


Same Sex Marriages:


Solemnize Marriages in Missouri:

P451.100. Marriages may be solemnized by any clergyman, either active or retired, who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in this state. Marriages may also be solemnized, without compensation, by any judge, including a municipal judge. Marriages may also be solemnized by a religious society, religious institution, or religious organization of this state, according to the regulations and customs of the society, institution or organization, when either party to the marriage to be solemnized is a member of such society, institution or organization.

License Validity Time:

  • The marriage license is valid for only 30 days from the date of issuance and may be used anywhere within the State of Missouri.

  • A Missouri marriage license must be used for a ceremony within 30 days after pick-up.

  • If a marriage ceremony does not occur, the license shall be void after thirty days from the date of issuance.

  • A Missouri marriage license is not valid for use outside of the State of Missouri.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
930 Wildwood
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Ph: 573.751.6387

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Additional information can be found on the MO.gov website.